MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

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

Células madre del cordón umbilical: usos actuales y futuros retos

Dernière mise à jour:
19 Déc 2012

La sangre del cordón umbilical fue desechada en el pasado como material residual pero ahora es conocida por ser una fuente de células madre sanguíneas. La sangre del cordón ha sido usadas para tratar niños con ciertas enfermedades sanguíneas desde 1989 y la investigación sobre su uso para tratar adultos está haciendo muchos progresos. Así que, cuáles son los retos futuros de la investigación en sangre del cordón y cómo debería usarse ahora y en el futuro?

Stammzellen aus Nabelschnurblut: heutige Verwendung und künftige Herausforderungen

Dernière mise à jour:
19 Déc 2012

Früher entsorgte man Nabelschnurblut als Abfallmaterial, heute jedoch weiß man, dass es sich dabei um eine wertvolle Quelle für Blutstammzellen handelt. Seit 1989 behandelt man bestimmte Blutkrankheiten bei Kindern mit Nabelschnurblut und auch hinsichtlich der Verwendung bei Erwachsenen kommt die Forschung voran. Welchen Herausforderungen steht die Nabelschnurblut-Forschung also heute gegenüber und welche Verwendungsmöglichkeiten gibt es – heute und in der Zukunft?

Die Parkinson-Krankheit: Wie können Stammzellen helfen?

Dernière mise à jour:
16 Mar 2012

Die Parkinson-Krankheit betrifft Millionen Menschen weltweit. Man kann zwar die Symptome behandeln, eine Heilung ist jedoch bislang nicht möglich. Die Forschung beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, wie man die regenerative Medizin und die Stammzellforschung einsetzen könnte, um die Krankheit zu behandeln oder zu verhindern.

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.
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