|President||Prof. Hamid Gourabi|
|Location||Tehran and Isfahan, Iran|
Royan Institute is an Iranian clinical, research and educational institute dedicated to improving the medical care by conducting biomedical, translational and clinical researches.
Royan Institute was established in 1991 by Saeid Kazemi Ashtiani, who was also the first director. Academic output has increased rapidly, from two journal articles in 1996 to 67 in 2005, including 24 publications in international journals. The institute has had close collaborations with other leading Iranian research centers as Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), NRCGEB, and the Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center at Shariati Hospital in Tehran. The Institute includes three research institutes:
- Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology
- Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine
- Royan Institute for Biotechnology
Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology is a leading stem cell research center, given that Iran has some of the most liberal laws on stem cell research in the world. The institute founded a Department of Stem Cells in 2002 to establish human embryonic stem cell lines and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC), and to study differentiation into different kinds of cells including cardiomyocytes, beta cells, and neural cells. Researchers claimed a live birth of a cloned sheep in 2006, inviting foreign observers to verify the claim.
- Aneesh Raman CNN (2006-11-17). "Iran in the forefront when it comes to stem cell research - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.