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Interview with Malin Parmar: cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease

Malin Parmar heads a research group focused on developmental and regenerative neurobiology at Lund University in Sweden. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

At this year’s Hydra summer school I spoke to Malin about how she got started in stem cell research, what she’s working on at the moment, and her view of the prospects for treating Parkinson’s disease with stem cells.

Snail fur: an alternative model organism for stem cell research

In this guest blog post Hakima Flici, a postdoctoral researcher at NUIG's Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), tells us a bit more about her particular area of stem cell research...

I always wanted to contribute to scientific progress in stem cell research. Stem cells are helping us to understand degenerative disease and cancer, and a deep understanding of their basic biology is a pre-requisite for clinical application. My PhD project, at Strasbourg University in France, was about the plasticity (adaptability to change) of brain stem cells in fruit flies. After graduating, I decided to get deeper knowledge, and joined Prof. Uri Frank’s team in 2013, attracted by the model organism used to understand the basic biology of stem cells. 

CRG produces stunning art/science exhibition in Barcelona

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona and partners have produced a stunning and unique art/science exhibition titled "Tree of Life. The complexity of life: from the cell to the living organism".  The exhibition is open to the public at Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona) through support by the Banc Sabadell Foundation.  It aims to both share the work done at the CRG, and reveal the beauty and uniqueness of the images, showing the parallels and synergies between art and science.  

Continued funding for EuroStemCell

EuroStemCell is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing continued funding under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 funding programme.  This means that EuroStemCell, with its strong collaboration of partners, will continue to support the scientific community to engage with citizens, teachers, patients, patient support groups, regulators, policy makers, parlimentarians, journalists...and the many more parties with a strong interest in stem cell research.  As well as continuing our current activity, we will be initiating some new and exciting branches of the project with the aim of developing the project and increasing the impact of our activities - watch this space! The EC have produced a news story about the project which can be read here.

Super Cells science exhibit launches first leg of 5-year international tour


There’s the Builder, the Renewer, the Regenerator and a tricky little character known as the Transformer. These four unusual and charming superheroes are the guides in a new science exhibit to be officially launched today at the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science. Their goal? To show museum visitors the power and wonder of stem cells, our body’s master cells.

What's in a name? Pathways in development

In this blog, Vanessa De Mello (Hippo pathway enthusiast and PhD student in the Musculoskeletal group, University of Aberdeen) explores the names behind signalling pathways that control stem cells.

During growth and development the cells that make up our body need to be precisely controlled. If a ‘stop signal’ is constantly given cells will not grow and divide. But if the lights are continually green, too many cells will grow leading to problems like cancer. It is the ‘developmental signalling pathways’ that control this and give our cells instructions on when to grow, divide, or die.

Film Launch: Cell Fate - Journeys to specialisation. Heidelberg 12 October 18:00

EuroStemCell is delighted to invite members of the public, teachers and schools students are to join us in Heidelberg on the 12 October (18:00) for the launch of our new dynamic film about stem cells.  Produced by award winning science documentary makers, in collaboration with stem cell scientists, this engaging film combines film with animation to create a new perspective on this topic.

Sporty Stem Cells: Two new animates!

The Scottish Government-funded Hope Beyond Hype project is delighted to announce the release of two more animates on the science of stem cells and sporting injuries. The latest two animates cover topics including the use of stem cells to treat cartilage and tendon damage and are now set to music!

Goodbye, good luck and thank you Emma!


Yesterday, the EuroStemCell team bid their farewells to a highly valued colleague, Emma Kemp, as she moves on to exciting professional pastures new. The Island of Inchcolm, just north of Edinburgh, seemed like an ideal spot to have a farewell picnic lunch, as we reflected on the huge contribution Emma has made to the project. 

Stress relieving benefits of public engagement


Eleni Pavlina Karagianni, a PhD student in the lab of Val Wilson spent last weekend at The Blair Horse Trials in Scotland as part of the Hope Beyond Hype project. Here she reveals the suprising stress relieving benefits of engaging the public with your work:

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