The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Europe-wide stem cell engagement: UniStem Day 2015 - 13th March 2015

The Seventh Edition of Unistem Day is getting closer! A day when school students all over Europe get the opportunity to engage with stem cell scientists and the latest stem cell research. 

Neural Stem Cells: meetings and scholarship opportunity

Two exciting opportunities for stem cell researchers working in the areas of neurodegeneration, brain repair and development.

Managing the potential and pitfalls of emerging stem cell therapies

While blood stem cells have been used clinically for over 40 years, it was the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in 1998, that has built expectations for people affected by a multitude of degenerative, chronic and fatal diseases with no cures or effective treatments. The speed with which therapies were expected to roll out of the lab did not take into consideration the complete lack of infrastructure required to make it happen, for many turning potential into frustration.

Centre for Bionetworking organises international conference on ‘Global life science and bionetworking’

On November 11th and 12th, stem cell scientists, clinicians and social scientists from around the world gathered at the University of Sussex to discuss and debate current practices around stem cell research and therapy in an international conference organised by the Centre for Bionetworking, Department of Anthropology. Specifically, delegates sought to answer the central question of the conference: What is there between bona fide and rogue stem cell therapy?

Training teachers in cutting edge stem cell research

 

PhD student Sara Schmidt, a researcher in the diabetes focused consortium HumEN, last week ventured away from the lab into a local High School to experience for the first time a taste of public engagement... here is how she got on. 

 

Clare Blackburn awarded prize for excellence with impact

With the drive for excellence in public engagement gaining momentum in the UK over the last 5 years, the UK Research Councils have teamed up to launch  the Excellence with Impact competition. 

Evaluating the stem cell comic: Hope Beyond Hype

My degree project saw me in 2014 completing an evaluation of Hope Beyond Hype, the stem cell science comic created by Eurostemcell. It aims to provide a clear communication from scientists to the public about the realities of stem cell science but does it achieve this aim?

 

 

 

 

 

From carrying out over 20 interviews, three focus groups and an extensive survey of around 260 people it appears it largely does. The main findings are:

Capturing the primordial human stem cells in the lab

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a method to “reset” human embryonic stem cells to an earlier developmental stage, producing a type of stem cell up to now only seen in rodents.

2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year - Dr Masayo Takahashi

EuroStemCell would like to offer its warm congratulations to Dr Masayo Takahashi, winner of the Stem Cell Person of the Year 2014.  This international award is facilitated and funded by Professor Paul Knoepfler, in recognition of people who are transformative in the stem cell field for the benefit of others.

Study reveals the genesis of brain cells that degenerate in Huntington’s disease

Elena Cattaneo reports on recent research that examines how a particular type of cell develops in the human brain, and how studies like this fit into the overall picture of research collaboration and funding, in Italy and in Europe.

It took 4 years of continuous experiments of 17 researchers from 6 groups in 2 European countries to understand more about how cells develop in the striatum. The striatum is the area of the brain that degenerates in Huntington’s disease (HD) – a neurological disorder that as of today, has no cure. This work, led by my group at the University of Milan, was published in Nature Neuroscience on 10 Nov 2014.

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