The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Thymistem celebrates Day of Immunology 2016

The thymus is a little known organ, something that Maria Antica, Thymistem scientist, knew well when chatting with her friends and family in Croatia. A desire to change this led to her translating ‘My amazing Immune System’ into her native language. Last Friday on The Day of Immunology her hard work culminated in the book’s launch. We hear from Maria why she felt the translation was important for her country and the unfolding events of the two day celebration.

Unlocking Nature’s Secrets for Building the Human Brain

Many people consider the human brain to be the most complex biological structure in the world. So that raises the question, is building the brain the most complex process in the world? It may well be, but researchers are making progress mimicking the earliest steps of building the brain in a lab dish.

For the first time in Germany: UniStem Day

Stefanie Mahler, head of communications at the German Stem Cell Network, reflects on their experience of getting involved with the Europe-wide stem cell outreach initiative, UniStem Day, for the first time.

Primary School Children take on Stem Cell Research

Last month during science week, a group of primary school children visited The Centre for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Kings College London. The ten children, aged between six and eleven years old and from Burdett-Coutts Primary School in Westminster, were invited to the centre to become scientists for the day and learn about stem cell research.   

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.

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