Stem cell science (ethical, social and regulatory issues)
Dr Megan Munsie is a scientist who has combined her extensive technical expertise in stem cell science with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with stem cells in research and in the clinic. Dr Munsie is currently the Head of the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit at the ARC funded Stem Cells Australia initiative where her position is jointly funded by the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Dr Munsie regularly provides advice and information to Australian researchers, academics, politicians, media, patient advocacy groups and community members on stem cell science and associated issues. She is a member of a joint Monash University and University of Melbourne research team that is exploring community expectation in relation to stem cell science and in particular stem cell tourism.
In addition to having worked for over fifteen years in the Australian stem cell field, Dr Munsie also has more than ten years experience as a clinical embryologist in IVF clinics around Australia.
ARC Discovery Project - High hopes, high risk? A sociological study of stem cell tourism
; Chief Investigators: Alan Petersen (Monash) & Steven Wainwright (Brunel University); Other investigators: Megan Munsie (Stem Cells Australia, University of Melbourne)($238,698; DP120100921)
ARC Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science – Stem Cells Australia
; Chief Investigators: Martin Pera, Tiziano Barberi, Perry Bartlett, Justin Copper-White, Andrew Elefanty, David Gardner, Robert Graham, Peter Gray, Sean Grimmond, Richard Harvey, Doug Hilton, Trevor Kilpatrick, Melissa Little, Lars Nielsen, Nadia Rosenthal, Ed Stanley, Christine Wells, Ernst Wolvetang; Associate Investigators: 12 researchers including Megan Munsie named head of Education, Ethics, Law and Community Awareness Unit ($21million; eight partnering universities or research institutes - administrated by University of Melbourne)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians CPD Grant program – Stem Cells Learning Module and Stem Cell Roadshow
; Co-Investigators Bernie Tuch (NSW Stem Cell Network), Ian Kerridge (NSW Stem Cell Network), Rebecca Skinner (ASCC) and Megan Munsie (Stem Cells Australia) ($7,500 in total)
National Enabling Technology Strategy (NETS) small grants - Co-Investigator in Stem cell tourism: factors influencing Australian patients’ treatment decisions and implications for public communication
and Stem Cell Teachers Kit for Australian Secondary School Teachers
and participant in a further NETS grant – BioEYES Australia ($30,000 total)
NSW/VIC Government Stem Cell Research Grant Program - Reproducible production of patient-specific human embryonic like stem cell lines from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT-hESC) and their characterisation and co
Education and training
Monash University 2000
Monash University 1995
Queensland University of Technology 1987
Awards and honors
International Society for Stem Cell Research Public Service Award,