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Hans Clevers Awarded McEwen Award for Innovation at ISSCR 2015

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has presented EuroStemCell partner, Hans Clevers, with the McEwen Award for Innovation at the opening of its annual meeting, today (24th June) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The prizes awarded by ISSCR is 2015 are:

Interviews with EuroStemCell partners Juergen Knoblich and Hans Clevers

We always enjoy meeting the scientists behind the science, and hearing their stories of research, how they got to where they are today, and what advice they have for scientists just starting out in their careers. So we were delighted this month to come across two interviews with leading European stem cell scientists - who also happen to be partners in the latest iteration of the EuroStemCell project.

Organoids for personalized cancer treatment

Two studies published in Nature and Cell this month show that organoids, miniature organs that can be cultured in a dish, could be crucial for personalized treatment of cancer.

New science films: The good, the bad and the future of stem cells

Focusing on three scientists and their research on blood, cancer and neuronal stem cells

Stem cells are not just stem cells: There are blood stem cells, neuronal stem cells, in fact lots of different types of stem cells and a lot of hope and ideas for stem cell-based therapies – as well as novel concepts on cancer stem cells.

Stem Cells and the Ageing Brain: Public Event, Stockholm, 23rd June

As we go through life we are aware of our bodies ageing, but have you considered what happens to your brain as it ages? All of us must adapt to our changing brain functions as we grow older, and for some there are added challenges of conditions such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease. Stem cell scientists are seeking to understand these changes in healthy people and those affected by a neurological condition.

Unique technology combination pinpoints the genetic signature of a blood stem cell

Although all the cells in a colony of blood cells may look alike, they may have different functions.  Tools to track and analyse individual stem cells within a cell population like this can help us better understand how the blood system works, and may have implications for cancer research.

New clues into how stem cells get their identity

Scientists at DanStem, the Danish Stem Cell Centre, University of Copenhagen have identified one mechanism that explains how some stem cells choose to become a given cell type: the cells combine specific sets of proteins at precise positions along the DNA. When these particular groups of proteins are combined, the gates are opened so that certain groups of genes can now be used, driving the cells towards a new identity.

Stem cell tourism: selling hope through unproven stem cell treatments - lessons from the X-Cell Center controversy

In recent years there has been a growing interest in so-called stem cell ‘tourism’ - where a person (often companied by their carer/family) travels to another country for a purported stem cell treatment that is not available in their home country. Many advertised treatments are clinically unproven, with little or no evidence for their safety and efficacy in specific conditions.

Interview with Graziella Pellegrini – Using stem cells to cure blindness

Professor Graziella Pellegrini is one of the principal scientists on the ground breaking, corneal repair system Holoclar ®.  Working throughout Italy over the past 27 years she is now based at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. 

Interview with Michele De Luca – Epithelial cells and regrowing corneal epithelium

Michele de Luca began his stem cell research career working in Boston in the 80s, after training as an endocrinologist.  Alongside Professor Howard Green he worked with epithelial stem cells for the treatment of patients with burns to the skin, before moving back to Italy.  He is director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari" at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

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