Hope Beyond Hype - A comic about stem cells from discovery to therapy!

The story provides a realistic and accurate introduction to the complex process of developing best practice clinical stem cell-based treatments, in an interesting and engaging way. We believe it is important to engage people with our work and therefore hope the graphic story will be useful for public events, new patients and carers, patient advocacy groups, educationalists, public engagement practitioners and researchers.

Hope Beyond Hype: other formats

About this Project

The Hope Beyond Hype graphic story grew from the desire of OptiStem, a large European consortium of stem cell researchers, to go beyond just explaining the science of stem cells.  They wanted to depict the process they undertake as they try to move stem cell research on towards clinical trials and therapies.

Hope Beyond Hype - PDF35.46 MB Classroom Activity - Make your own comic260.64 KB Engagement Activity - Card Games about developing treatments3.75 MB


Written by Ken Macleod, with Jamie Hall, Edward Ross and Cathy Southworth. Illustrated by Edward Ross. Interactivity was developed by Jan Barfoot and Kate Doherty with Morgan Gautier (Web Publication) and Stuart Brett (University of Edinbugh).

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About OptiStem

OptiStem is a pan-European stem cell research project funded by the European Commission under FP7. It brings together scientists, companies and clinicians from 18 institutions across six countries.  During the course of the five year OptiStem project, members will carry out four different clinical trials concerning muscular dystrophy, severe corneal injury in the eye and severe damage to the oral mucosa (inside of mouth).  OptiStem partners with EuroStemCell to tell people about the work they do.