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Established in 2021, the Enabling Openness in Australian stem cell Research (EOAR) research cluster is interested in ways of building trust in stem cell research and therapies.


The EOAR project is funded by the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The project uses a novel, interdisciplinary research approach to address a significant gap in the evidence base for improving community trust, acceptance, and adoption of stem cell-based therapies in Australia, which in turn will improve the health and well-being of Australians.

In particular, this project focuses on testing a model for transparency and trust in medical research/therapeutics known as a ‘commons.’


The EOAR project is a collaboration of strategic partnerships across research and health-related organisations by nationally esteemed investigators in bioethics, health law, public policy, public understanding of science, science communication and rhetoric, philosophy of medicine and biology, and stem cell research itself, together with methods that permit co-construction of outcomes with researchers, patients, carers, and other stakeholders.

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