When it comes to stem cells on Twitter and other social media, who do you follow now? Why them?
Who are the top stem cell and regenerative medicine influencers to follow on Twitter and elsewhere in 2021?
Stem cells on Twitter: great content amongst the noise
Terrapin asked this kind of broad question to some within our community about 7 years ago and came up with a Top 50 list of stem cell influencers, which I like to joke I was “at the top of” because I was #50 and they listed us in reverse order.
What about today and soon in the coming year in 2021? Who are the major regenerative medicine and stem cell influencers? I don’t see that Terrapin has asked this question again more recently.
It’s a subjective, mostly non-scientific, but still interesting kind of question unless someone collects data somehow.
In the meantime, there are some indications on social media of who some of these influencers may be there. Of course, that may not equate with “influence” more broadly, but can be an indicator.
I identified key stem cell accounts on Twitter that you may want to follow if you are interested in stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Some considerations for the list
But keep in mind that some of the more influential stem cell scientists still either do not have Twitter accounts or seldom tweet. Therefore, this list is not meant as a “top stem cell influencers” list. Some top influencers such as Shinya Yamanaka and others just aren’t active on Twitter. So it is instead a sort of top, active stem cell influencers on Twitter list. Others may view the stem cell Twittersphere differently.
You can jump to the list including some perhaps not on your radar screen. This is a similar list to what I had in 2019, but I’ve included some new faces (accounts) and deleted some previous ones.
These accounts Tweet with hashtags like #stemcells and #stemcell. They often talk about regenerative medicine.
I particularly appreciate those accounts that include a mix of info, news, and opinion with original content or opinions of their own too.
I emphasized inclusion of those accounts who regularly tweet. Also, I aimed for a good mixture of accounts across the globe, not just in the U.S. I also included stem cell policy researchers and bioethicists.
Who’s not on it and why?
Stem cell biotechs. Note that I did not include stem cell and regenerative medicine companies in my list. I may do a separate list for them. I also have tried to avoid accounts that are just cheerleaders of anything stem cell-related.
Note that I’m not necessarily endorsing the listed accounts or their opinions. In fact, I disagree with some of them on certain important issues, but practically speaking following them is probably useful to stay up to date on what is going on and keep up with key trends. Also, diverse opinions are important and I definitely learn from accounts like these, sometimes changing my views on big issues.
Clinics & marketeers. I’m not going to include an account on the 2021 list that promotes non-FDA compliant or scientifically unproven stem cell therapies.
I’m also not going to include promoters of dangerous therapies abroad. You also won’t see accounts that get paid to promote unethical things that are not in the best interests of patients.
For whatever reason, some of these accounts are quite popular, at least in terms of the number of followers.
Some accounts are individuals, while others are organizations. You may notice that some have many followers, while others do not. I picked this list of 50 below for 2021 based simply on my impressions of their influence or because they do interesting tweets and/or have a fresh perspective on things, not strictly based on metrics.
- @AABB (American Association of Blood Banks)
- @abcsoka (Stem Cell Researcher Antonei B Csoka)
- @alliancerm (Alliance For Regenerative Medicine)
- @AusStemCell (National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia)
- @benoitbruneau (Stem Cell Researcher Benoit Bruneau)
- @BernardSiegel (Attorney, Leader of WSCS, Bernie Siegel)
- @BLLPHD (Bruce Levine, Cell Biologist)
- @CaulfieldTim (Professor of Health Law and Policy)
- @CCRM_ca (Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine)
- @cells_nnm (Stem Cell Researcher and blogger, Alexey Bersenev)
- @CellStemCell (the journal Cell Stem Cell)
- @celltherapy (Stem cell CEO, policy maker, & blogger Lee Buckler)
- @CIRMnews (CIRM)
- @DavidJensen (Blogger at California Stem Cell Report)
- @ (Lab of Professor Connie Eaves)
- @EricTopol (Professor Eric Topol)
- @EuroStemCell (A hub for all things stem cell-related, especially in Europe)
- @ (The Gladstone Institute)
- @harvardstemcell (Harvard Stem Cell Institute)
- @Hinaheartdoc (Hinna Chaudhry, Cardiologist & Stem cell biologist)
- @ISCTglobal (International Society for Cellular Therapy)
- @ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research)
- @jan_nolta (Professor & Editor-In-Chief of Stem Cells journal)
- @jeannefrances (Stem cell scientist and eclipsophile, Jeanne Loring)
- @jimtill (Professor Jim Till)
- @LeighGTurner (Bioethicist Leigh Turner)
- @masayomasayo (Stem Cell Professor Masayo Takahashi)
- @MinibrainLab (Stem cell researcher & organoid pioneer, Madeline Lancaster)
- @MrJeffKarp (Professor Jeff Karp)
- @nyscf (New York Stem Cell Foundation)
- @cleaverlab (Ondine Cleaver, Professor & Stem Cell Biologist)
- @PZandstra (Peter Zandstra, Stem Cell Bioengineer)
- @pknoepfler (Me, Stem Cell Researcher Paul Knoepfler)
- @Prof_ChrisMason (Stem Cell Researcher Chris Mason)
- @surgeonretina (Rajesh Rao, Surgeon scientist)
- @RegMedNet (Regenerative Medicine Network)
- @SamanthaZY (Samantha Yammine, Stem cell scientist & communicator)
- @SGottliebFDA (former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb)
- @SignalsBlog (The Signals Blog)
- @StemCellNetwork (Stem Cell Network)
- @StemCellsJournl (The journal Stem Cells)
- @studerl (Lorenz Studer, long-time stem cell researcher & professor)
- @SusanNYSCF (Susan Solomon, Leader of NYSCF)
- @TetsuyaIshii (Professor Tetsuya Ishii)
- @the_Node (Community site run by the journal Development)
- @TheKnoblichLab (The Knoblich lab)
- @TheStemCell (Professor Chris Scott)
- @UbakaOgbogu (Professor Ubaka Ogbogu)
- @UCDavisStemCell (UC Davis Stem Cell Program)
There are many other worthwhile stem cell and regenerative medicine-related accounts too, so apologies if some were left off.
If I missed some of your favorite stem cell accounts on Twitter, weigh in with your ideas in the comments. I will probably do a new list, potentially longer, in the next year or two.