The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

A stem cell adventure

The comic book “A Stem Cell Adventure” (in Portuguese: “Uma Aventura Estaminal”) is part of a science communication project about stem cell research, involving several scientists at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

ISSCR invites comments on draft Guidelines for Stem Cell Science and Translation

The draft Guidelines for Stem Cell Science and Translation represent efforts by the ISSCR Guidelines Revision Task Force to revise and update the society’s existing guidance documents.

Carlo and the orange glasses: a children's picture book about stem cells

EuroStemCell hears from early-career researcher Vanessa de Mello about her latest creative project, a children's book about stem cells.

Celebrating Women in Stem Cell Science at the Soapbox Science Festival, Belfast

Dr Diane Lees-Murdock, Ulster University, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, has taken stem cell science to the public on the streets of Belfast as part of Soapbox Science, a UK-wide festival celebrating eminent women scientists from the UK and Ireland. The event provides a valuable forum for female academics to talk to the general public about their work and passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The festival plays an important role in eliminating gender inequality in science and inspiring future generations of scientists.  The festival founders, Dr Seirian Sumner and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli have recently been awarded a Beacon of Light Award from UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, for their groundbreaking work in promoting girls to participate in science.

German Stem Cell Network awards first scientific prizes

The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) has presented its first awards to stem cell researchers in Germany. With the prizes, the Network emphasizes a significant and very dynamic scientific field. "Next to publications, awards count as important milestones in a scientist’s career,“ says Dr. Daniel Besser, managing director of the GSCN.

Eight tiny organs grown by scientists

On 20 July researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine announced that they had regrown damaged livers in mice. It’s just one example of scientists growing tiny versions of organs in animals and in the lab to study development and disease, and test potential treatments. Many of these organs also represent the first steps towards growing whole organs – or parts of organs – for transplant. MRC Science Writer Cara Steger rounds up progress.

Reflections on Stockholm: Tissue Engineering, Organ Development and Regeneration

Prospective PhD student Eilidh Livingston discusses her personal highlight - tissue engineering - from the international Society for Stem Cell Research's annual meeting in Stockholm in June this year.  Read on for a nice overview of the topic...

Regulation of unproven stem cell therapies – medicinal product or medical procedure?

This article is the second in a series of posts about unproven stem cell treatments by guest authors Casimir MacGregor, Alan Petersen and Megan Munsie. Their first post took a closer look at Germany's X-Cell Center and stem cell tourism. Here they consider the regulatory frameworks governing unproven stem cell treatments in Europe, the US and Australia.

An innovative French collaboration network on stem cell research

EuroStemCell is a made of a large partnership of stem cell research centres and institutions from all over Europe.  Over the next few months we hope to introduce you to some of our partners and the initiatives they are working on.  This month we focus on a research consortium - LABEX Revive - which is co-ordinated by the Institut Pasteur.

Stem cell research: promise, progress and hype

The melting pot of expectations, hope, responsibility, idealism and realism in the field of stem cell research were the subject of a panel discussion for media representatives at the recent ISSCR Conference in Stockholm titled “Stem cell research: promise, progress and hype".

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