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Five years communicating stem cell research: how are we doing?

The end of February marks five years for EuroStemCell, and the end of this phase of our work, funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.

Over the past five years, we've approached the not insignificant challenge of communicating stem cell research across three distinct strands - informationeducation and conversation.

Bumper crop of factsheet translations in EuroStemCell

This month sees a bumper crop of new factsheet translations going live on the EuroStemCell website!  Did you know we aim to have our content available in English, Spanish, French, German, Polish and Italian - making our work accessible to 80% of European citizens? 

Spotlight on... induced pluripotent stem cells

This month we take a closer look at iPS cells and reprogramming 

Over the past four years we've developed and collected lots of information and resources about stem cells. This month we turn the spotlight on induced pluripotent cells (or iPS cells). First discovered by Shinya Yamanaka in 2006, iPS cells are made from adult specialised cells using a laboratory technique called reprogramming.

Stem cells and neurological disorders: new topic page

The potential of stem cells to treat neurological diseases is something we're regularly asked about, by patients, students, and others - via this website and when we're out and about. We now have lots of information on this subject, from fact sheets and FAQ to news stories and educational resources, and have pulled it together in a single topic page to make the information easier to find and navigate: Information and resources about stem cells and neurological disorders.

We're interested in your feedback on this page and on our coverage of stem cells and neurological disorders generally: What else would you like to see? Are there significant gaps in format or subject matter? So take a look and let us know.

Stem cell toolkit gets a facelift

Our toolkit of downloadable stem cell resources and activities has been growing so fast it's getting hard to keep up with all the new additions. We launched with just five tools, but that number has since grown to 13 tools for teaching and talking about stem cells, in the classroom, science centre, open day, festival and other educational settings. 

We've had great feedback from teachers and others from around Europe:

“[The] toolkit web page ... is very easy to use. Everything appeals to me: not only the “surface”, icons and links, but also the contents are very useful and interesting.” Teacher, Italy


Stem cells in SIX languages. Polish just added.

There's a new addition to the line-up of flags on our website. Try clicking this red and white flag of Poland to see stem cell fact sheets, FAQ, films and even the Hope Beyond Hype graphic story, in Polish. We're excited to be making stem cell information accessible to the world's 40 million Polish speakers.

EuroStemCell's first two years, in pictures: how are we doing?

Last month - two years since this EuroStemCell project kicked off - we brought partners, funders and advisory board members together to take stock of the project. At the 2 day meeting, hosted by our partner CRG in Barcelona (pictured left), we explored 3 questions:

1. what have we achieved so far?
2. what have we learned?
3. what should our priorities be for the next two years, and beyond?

Stem cell facts, on Twitter and Storified

Last week we used Twitter to post a series of fascinating facts and 'test your knowledge' questions about stem cells, using the hashtag #stemcellfacts. The tweets covered a lot of ground, from embryonic stem cells and blastocysts to skin stem cells, gut stem cells, heart cells and regeneration.

Get to grips with embryonic stem cells

Embyronic stem cells are often in the news, but it can be hard to get to the bottom of what is really going on in research. We thought it was time to tackle this problem so we've set up a one-stop spot for the latest on embryonic stem cell research:

Tutto sulle cellule staminali: stem cell info in Italian

Our translators have been busy, and our website is now available in Italian. Newly translated FAQ, Factsheets and Toolkit resources include the highlights listed below.

If Italian's not your language, now is the time to have your say. We're prioritizing other languages for translation, and would like your input. Take a moment to complete our translation poll and tell us which new language you would most like to see content in.

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