The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Interview with Austin Smith on The Node

We always enjoy meeting the scientists behind the science, and hearing their stories of research. Last month we profiled interviews with Juergen Knoblich and Hans Clevers. This month Catarina Vicente, of Development and The Node, has published an interview with another EuroStemCell partner and originator, Austin Smith.

ISSCR 2015: A short round up

EuroStemCell is just back from a fantastic few days at the ISSCR Annual Meeting in Stockholm (24-27 June 2015).  See our storify about the event for some selected highlights from the meeting and links to others who have written about the event.

An evening of stem cell science in Stockholm

“It has been fantastic, the public is very curious and wants to know what we are doing…it has been a pleasure. People are really genuinely interested in what we can offer as a stem cell community ”.  So explained researcher Susana Chuva de Sousa Lopez, Leiden University Medical Centre, following a lively public event in Stockholm at Karolinksa Institutet’s beautiful Aula Medica on the 23rd of June. The event involved stem cell researchers from all over Europe and the US and was held to mark the start of the ISSCR’s annual meeting in Stockholm (#ISSCR2015).

DanStem and Niels Bohr Institute Open New Centre - StemPhys

The opening of an innovative new centre - the Danish National Research Foundation Center for Stem Cell Decision Making - Stemphys has been celebrated with a two day symposium. The new StemPhys Center joins forces between theoretical and experimental physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute and Stem Cell Biologists from The Danish Stem Cell Center, DanStem. Joshua Brickman, vice centre leader discusses this new collaboration below.

Hans Clevers Awarded McEwen Award for Innovation at ISSCR 2015

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has presented EuroStemCell partner Hans Clevers with the McEwen Award for Innovation at the opening of its annual meeting, today (24 June) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The prizes awarded by ISSCR in 2015 are:

McEwen Award for Innovation: Irving Weissman, M.D., Stanford School of Medicine, and Hans Clevers, M.D., Ph.D., Hubrecht Institute

Interviews with EuroStemCell partners Juergen Knoblich and Hans Clevers

We always enjoy meeting the scientists behind the science, and hearing their stories of research, how they got to where they are today, and what advice they have for scientists just starting out in their careers. So we were delighted this month to come across two interviews with leading European stem cell scientists - who also happen to be partners in the latest iteration of the EuroStemCell project.

Organoids for personalized cancer treatment

Two studies published in Nature and Cell this month show that organoids, miniature organs that can be cultured in a dish, could be crucial for personalized treatment of cancer.

New science films: The good, the bad and the future of stem cells

Focusing on three scientists and their research on blood, cancer and neuronal stem cells

Stem cells are not just stem cells: There are blood stem cells, neuronal stem cells, in fact lots of different types of stem cells and a lot of hope and ideas for stem cell-based therapies – as well as novel concepts on cancer stem cells.

Stem Cells and the Ageing Brain: Public Event, Stockholm, 23rd June

As we go through life we are aware of our bodies ageing, but have you considered what happens to your brain as it ages? All of us must adapt to our changing brain functions as we grow older, and for some there are added challenges of conditions such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease. Stem cell scientists are seeking to understand these changes in healthy people and those affected by a neurological condition.

Unique technology combination pinpoints the genetic signature of a blood stem cell

Although all the cells in a colony of blood cells may look alike, they may have different functions.  Tools to track and analyse individual stem cells within a cell population like this can help us better understand how the blood system works, and may have implications for cancer research.

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