The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Policy Briefing Relating to Regenerative Medicine and Reimbursement

Members of the ESRC-funded REGenableMED project have published a Policy Briefing which explores a number of key factors that are likely to determine the reimbursement of regenerative medicine therapies as they move towards the clinic. The Briefing outlines those factors that are specific to the UK as well as more widely, and concludes with a series of priorities that policy needs to address.

The art of stem cell science

Who says scientific images cannot be great pieces of art at the same time? The Wellcome Image Awards acknowledge the art of science year after year, showcasing visually stunning images from across disciplines. And this year stem cells also take centre stage.

Treating Huntington’s disease: making new neurons is not enough


Many researchers and clinicians believe that stem cells will one day be used in regenerative medicines to treat many injuries and diseases, including Huntington’s disease (HD). Researchers think that nerve cells that die in HD patients may be able to be replaced with new healthy neurons made from stem cells. Scientists are already able to use stem cells to create nerve cells similar to those lost by HD patients.

Interview with Kim Jensen - stem cells in the skin and intestine

Kim Jensen is Associate Professor at the Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), Universty of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, he talks about his scientific career past, present and future in the field of epithelial stem cell research.

21st century healthcare: involving patients as experts

‘Let me just do a quick Google search of that’ is probably an increasingly common thought of medical patients in the 21st century. As accessibility to healthcare information and self-management of health is growing, so is the importance of involving patients and the public in healthcare. Patients have valuable insights to offer healthcare and biomedical research and many want to actively contribute to research.

Introducing our partners: Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland

EuroStemCell is a large partnership of stem cell research centres and institutions from all over Europe. Here we introduce our partner in Poland, the University of Warsaw, and in particular the departments working with stem cells - in research, education and outreach. Thanks to Maria A. Ciemerych and Karolina Archacka for providing the information and images below.

Patient access to unproven stem cell treatments: a human rights issue?

"Well I can't get any sicker than I am… it's worth the risk. It's worth trying…you hope that it's a solution"

Sylvia (not her real name) is one of a growing number of patients seeking access to unproven stem cell treatments to treat a debilitating chronic illness. Despite widespread support for tighter regulation and monitoring, the market for unproven stem cell treatments appears to be expanding. In Australia, for example, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of private stem cell clinics, from two to more than forty in just three years. This series of blog posts examines some of the complex issues behind unproven stem cell treatments.

Stem cells and diabetes: World Diabetes Day 2015

Warming porridge filled me this morning, ready to begin my day and the cycle ride that will take me to work. Muscles to push and pull the pedals, up and over hills. It is hard for me to imagine how this works when my body makes it happen, simply. Working with diabetes research has made me think, though. Where the porridge doesn’t change smoothly to energy, the sugar it provides not reaching my cells, but instead swimming in my blood, unbalancing.

Stem cells in clinical studies in Germany/Europe - new videos from the GSCN

Science films are great tools in science communication – they provide a quick, entertaining (hopefully) and interesting insight into persons, ideas, workspaces and projects.

The German Stem Cell Network continues its short film series about stem cell researchers in Germany – this year focusing on the application side through interviews with two clinicians.

 

 

Ireland's young people debate science issues

In its eighth year, DSI is a high-quality, established collaborative schools’ public engagement project in Ireland where no other schools’ science debate project of its scope and nature exists.

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