The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

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.

Patient access to unproven stem cell treatments: a human rights issue?

"Well I can't get any sicker than I am… it's worth the risk. It's worth trying…you hope that it's a solution"

Sylvia (not her real name) is one of a growing number of patients seeking access to unproven stem cell treatments to treat a debilitating chronic illness. Despite widespread support for tighter regulation and monitoring, the market for unproven stem cell treatments appears to be expanding. In Australia, for example, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of private stem cell clinics, from two to more than forty in just three years. This series of blog posts examines some of the complex issues behind unproven stem cell treatments.

Stem cells and diabetes: World Diabetes Day 2015

Warming porridge filled me this morning, ready to begin my day and the cycle ride that will take me to work. Muscles to push and pull the pedals, up and over hills. It is hard for me to imagine how this works when my body makes it happen, simply. Working with diabetes research has made me think, though. Where the porridge doesn’t change smoothly to energy, the sugar it provides not reaching my cells, but instead swimming in my blood, unbalancing.

Stem cells in clinical studies in Germany/Europe - new videos from the GSCN

Science films are great tools in science communication – they provide a quick, entertaining (hopefully) and interesting insight into persons, ideas, workspaces and projects.

The German Stem Cell Network continues its short film series about stem cell researchers in Germany – this year focusing on the application side through interviews with two clinicians.



Ireland's young people debate science issues

In its eighth year, DSI is a high-quality, established collaborative schools’ public engagement project in Ireland where no other schools’ science debate project of its scope and nature exists.

Remembering Paolo Bianco: Scientist at the forefront in the battle against Stamina

Paolo Bianco and Luca PaniPaolo Bianco and Luca PaniEvery time we were at dinner with Paolo Bianco we would end up having vivid discussions. It was normal to disagree with Paolo. But we can also say it was a pleasure. Not just because these disagreements did not affect our friendship (although sometimes they would suspend it for a few months), but for the fact that we shared the ethical value of scientific research and experimental methodology.

The scientist who urged us to never surrender

Paolo Bianco, scientist and defender of the anti-Stamina movement, passed away Saturday at the age of sixty. Here are the memories of colleague, friend and senator for life, Elena Cattaneo.

“We shall never surrender.” I often heard Paolo say these famous words first spoken by Churchill. He would cite them when our conversations ended up remembering the lessons of the courageous men of the past and the vision of those who made History. He would cite them when our discussions shifted to the role science should have (but does not have enough) in our society. 

Why study stem cells? #AStemCellScientistBecause

Did you follow the social media chat about #astemcellscientistbecause in the lead up to Stem Cell Awareness Day 2015 (14 October)?

It was fascinating to hear the many and varied reasons people have chosen to work in this field and study stem cells.

The ethics of changing genes in the embryo

From the moment we began to unlock the secrets of the genome, the complete set of DNA including all genes and understand the effects that genes can have on human health, the idea of modifying the human genome – and hence controlling these effects – has held both promise and peril. Visions of a bright future free from the sufferings of genetic disease contrast starkly with darker fears of a genetically-engineered ‘Brave New World’. 

Stem Cell Myths: BUSTED

The phrase “stem cell research” often sparks a reaction - from both the science community and the wider public. Stem cell research is still an emerging science, and understandably is surrounded by many myths and misconceptions. We decided to tackle some of these head on, as part of Stem Cell Awareness Day on October 14.

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