UniStem Day 2014 - March 14th, 9AM Europe united by science

The long and fascinating trip of stem cell research … coming soon!

UniStem Day 2014 once again dissolves the boundaries of stem cell knowledge and spreads it across Europe. The event will be happening simultaneously in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and UK.

UniStem Day aims to foster learning, discovery and debate about stem cell research – building and strengthening knowledge. The event will give participants experiences connected to research, explore cultural expectations and give insight into the day-to-day life of scientists.

The 6th edition will be even larger with 45 universities and 20,000 high school students and more than 250 researchers, managers, communicators, ethicists, clinicians, technicians and many others learning more about and discussing cutting edge stem cell research, in a day entirely dedicated to high school students.

Science at the Senate: workshops in Italy on Science, Innovation and Health

Andrea Grignolio is a historian of medicine, currently teaching History of Medicine at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and working in the Senate Office of stem cell biologist and senator, Elena Cattaneo. He has a keen interest in science communication and is currently working with Prof Cattaneo on a series of events that bring together scientists and politicians. He told us more about the effect this new events programme is already having in Italy.

“Ferdi” and the impossible challenges: a tribute to Prof. Ferdinando Rossi

With sadness, we heard this week of the death of Professor Ferdinando Rossi, a leading Italian biologist and close friend and colleague to many of our partners.  Prof Elena Cattaneo knew Prof Rossi well and has written a touching obituary, which we share with you here.


Huntington’s disease: how could stem cells help?

Last updated:
10 Jun 2013

Huntington’s disease is a devastating, hereditary neurodegenerative disease affecting about 1 out of every 10,000 people in the USA, Europe and Australia. It typically causes involuntary movements of the face and body and dementia. Symptoms worsen over time, eventually leaving the affected person totally dependent on help from others. There are no effective therapies available today. How might stem cell research lead to new treatments?

UniStem Day 2013: Europe United by Science

The UniStem Day, an educational scientific event aimed at high school students, is spreading across Europe – since its 2009 beginning in Milan, the event has expanded to 34 Italian universities and for the first time this year it extended beyond Italy to involve six other universities in Spain and one in the United Kingdom. The plan for next year is to recruit even more participants. As representatives from the Linnaeus Center in Developmental Biology for Regenerative Medicine (DBRM) Network at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Giulia Gaudenzi and Iskra Pollak Dorocic joined this year’s event in Milan and picked up some behind the scenes tips.

Counting down to UniStem Day 2013: the largest stem cell dissemination event in Europe

On March 15th 2013, 15,000 students from Italy and across Europe will get together to participate in UniStem Day 2013. First held in 2009 to connect high school students with researchers, the event continues to grow. For the first time in 2013 it extends beyond Italy to involve 6 Spanish universities (led by Universitat de Barcelona) as well as the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Scotland. UniStem Day is happening simultaneously at 9AM throughout Europe.

Each participating university will have its own special program of talks from scientists, ethicists, clinicians in the field and hands-on activities in the afternoon, when labs open their doors to show what day-to-day research is like.

Da embrione a neurone: nuovo video realizzato da scienziati che lavorano sulle cellule staminali a Milano

Guarda questo video per saperne di più su come gli scienziati istruiscono le cellule staminali– trasformandole da cellule staminali embrionali pluripotenti a cellule neurali specializzate.

2012: a busy, fun and successful year!

We've enjoyed a successful 2012 of science, discussion, blogs, fact sheets, films and events. We know many of you have been discussing stem cell research in all kinds of ways too. Here's a short round-up of just some of the things our partners have been up to this year.





UniStem brings together schools and researchers from across Europe in March 2013

The successful 'UniStem Day' for high schools is on again on 2013! The annual dissemination event on stem cells is getting bigger and reaching wider, this year spanning the European stage and involving no less than 15,000 high school students at 35 different Italian universities plus simultaneous events in Spain and Scotland. Students and researchers will meet for an entire day dedicated to stem cell science on Friday 15th March 2013.



Studying Huntington’s disease using stem cells in the lab

Researchers in Italy and the UK have developed a new system for turning human embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a type of brain cell affected by Huntington’s disease. By studying how the brain cells develop in nature, the researchers learned how to guide the stem cells to produce just these brain cells in a dish. We caught key members of the research team on camera explaining their new results.

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