MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Content from our partner, the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Scientists regenerate immune organ in mice

Medical Research Council media release

Scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore a degenerated organ in a living animal, a discovery that could pave the way for future human therapies.

The team from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Regenerative Medicine, at the University of Edinburgh, rebuilt the thymus of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age.

A stem cell route to the roots of MND

It was a typical morning – trying to juggle experiments, trying not to make mistakes, trying hard to get results….sometimes life can be very ‘trying’ indeed… but then I’m not affected by motor neurone disease (MND) - and what a privilege it is for me to be able to rush around, to go to work and, hopefully one day, discover something that can make a difference.  I am reminded of this as I stumble out of the morning into a less ordinary afternoon - stepping away from the bench and into the world of my boss, Prof Siddharthan Chandran.  

Hope Beyond Hype Part II - stem cells and sport

Last year's Hope Beyond Hype project, co-ordinated by Scotland’s MRC-Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, enjoyed success visiting music festivals to bring together people and research. Its successor Hope Beyond Hype – Part II is being developed with a sporty twist. 

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: Current Status and Future Prospects

Date & time: 
1 Mai 2014 - 2 Mai 2014

Organisation: University of Edinburgh

Fee: £50 (funding for the course kindly provided by the Medical Research Council)

Venue: MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine Building, The University of Edinburgh, 5 Little France Drive, Edinburgh, EH16 4UU.

The Human Connection

A guest post by PhD student Gillian Smith, who has helped to deliver stem cell events and workshops in Skye and Fort William as part of the Hope Beyond Hype: Scottish Stem Cell Stories project.

As a PhD student, I spend most of my time in the lab. Days can be long and sometimes lonely. And with the mental strain of one failed experiment after another and an ever-increasing list of unanswerable questions, it is easy to forget why I set out to become a researcher. It is easy to get lost in the narrow focus field of the lab and forget what the bigger picture is.  I am constantly thinking to myself, “Why am I doing this?” Of course, life as a PhD student is not meant to be easy, but if you are unable to see the meaning behind your work and the ultimate outcome that we all strive for, it is near impossible.

Experiencing public engagement

We often spend time discussing science communication and public engagement with people trying it for the first time - scientists, educators and students. In the last few weeks, student Nia Powell has been on a work experience placement with us, trying her hand at writing about stem cells. Read on to find out more about her experience and what she learnt.





Renowned experts offer advice on generating human induced pluripotent stem cell banks

Procedures for production of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for use in therapy are reaching the point at which they will be suitable for use in clinical trials.
A team of internationally renowned scientists led by the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine’s Emeritus Professor Sir Ian Wilmut have today published an opinion piece in the journal CellStemCell, arguing that while in the future it might be possible to derive iPS cell lines on an individual basis – so that a patient would receive his or her own cells as a treatment – it seems unlikely that these will be used as a source for large numbers of patients in the near future due to time and cost restraints.

Le cellule staminali del cordone ombelicale: gli attuali utilizzi e le sfide future

Dernière mise à jour:
19 Déc 2012

In passato il cordone ombelicale veniva gettato via come materiale di rifiuto, oggi, invece, rappresenta una ben nota risorsa di utili cellule staminali del sangue. Ormai dal 1989 il sangue del cordone ombelicale viene usato nel trattamento di alcuni tipi di malattie pediatriche del sangue, e la ricerca di suoi possibili utilizzi nel trattamento degli adulti sta facendo progressi. Quali sono dunque le attuali sfide della ricerca sul sangue del cordone ombelicale ed i suoi utilizzi – ad oggi ed in futuro?

Stem cell comics

The graphic short story Hope Beyond Hype seems to be only the start...

In this post João Ramalho-Santos and Cathy Southworth chat about their experiences of creating new comics with a stem cell theme.

News from our partners: September highlights

Our partners have been a busy bunch this month - you may have read about some of them in the news! 

Elena Cattaneo appointed senator for life

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate Elena Cattaneo on her appointment to the Italian senate. We can't think of a more deserving recipient for this honour!

We're sure that Elena will be, as President Giorgio Napolitano stated in announcing the appointment, "an encouragement for many Italians of the new generations who commit themselves, amid difficulties, to scientific research”.

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