Latest stem cell news and commentary

Stress relieving benefits of public engagement

Eleni Pavlina Karagianni, a PhD student in the lab of Val Wilson spent last weekend at The Blair Horse Trials in Scotland as part of the Hope Beyond Hype project. Here she reveals the suprising stress relieving benefits of engaging the public with your work:

Any questions? Young people imagine a stem cell future...

Ever thought of the potential for stem cells to be used for making leather or clothes? Maybe not the first application that comes to mind when the focus of most stem cell research is human medicine. Future casting by young people, though, gives rise to imaginative and curious questions. Such questions have provided a wealth of discussion and wonderment during two science engagement projects aimed at young people: Regenerate! In Scotland and a stem cell revolutions film tour in Australia

Using time-lapse imagery to take a closer look at human embryonic stem cells

Time-lapse imaging and tracking of single human embryonic stem cells has allowed researchers to zoom in and take a closer look at the behaviour of these special cells. Researchers from the University of Sheffield have identified multiple bottlenecks that restrict the growth of these cells in the laboratory, and observed complex and diverse behaviour as the cells move around the culture dish and interact with their neighbours. These findings will help researchers design the best conditions to safely and efficiently grow human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. 

Challenges in autism research

This is the second in a series of blog posts looking at stem cells and autism, by PhD student Jamie Reilly. If you missed it, check out his first post, Why I chose to research stem cells.
 
In this post, Jamie takes a closer look at some of the key questions and challenges in autism research today, and how stem cells might help. Read on for more about:


Studying the genetics of autism spectrum disorder

The complex nature of the genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is just one of the many challenges in researching this topic. In the past decade we have found candidate genes implicated in many areas, such as the growth and development of neuronal cells, regulation of signalling molecules involved in the immune system, and mitochondrial function.

Yoshiki Sasai (1962-2014): an appreciation

Yoshiki Sasai was a visionary scientist who pioneered research at the interface between developmental biology and stem cell biology, contributing major discoveries to both fields and sowing the seeds for applications in regenerative medicine.

UniStem stem cell day for schools 2015: calling Universities across Europe

Each year UniStem, the centre for dissemination of stem cell information led by EuroStemCell's partners in Milan, organizes a big event on stem cells dedicated to high school students. In 2014 the event was organized simultaneously by 47 universities across Italy, Spain, Ireland, Sweden and UK. Now plans for the 2015 event are underway and the UniStem team is looking for more universities to take part in this exciting event. Why not get involved?

STAP 'acid-bath stem cells' round-up

On 29th January, a research group from Japan published two papers describing a new and seemingly simple method for making stem cells in the lab. But serious problems with the papers were quickly raised and on 3 July the authors retracted both publications. The news media, Twitter and science blogs have been alive with comments and discussion on what happened, why and what can be learnt from this experience. We've put together a quick round-up of some of the useful articles out there, including timelines summarising how the controversy unfolded, and articles discussing what the original papers claimed and what went wrong.

Now ready for action! PluriMes scientists hone their science communication skills

Under a backdrop of high peaks of the Julian Alps of Slovenia, our partner project PluriMes held their inaugural summer workshop from the 9-11 July, 2014. With a focus on producing bone and muscle-forming cells in the lab from embryonic stem cells or iPS cells the 26 scientists heard progress talks and gathered to join thoughts on their research areas. The group is committed to engaging non-specialists with their work and so the workshop included a session on public engagement led by EuroStemCell's Emma Kemp and Cathy Southworth. Now PluriMes is looking for opportunities to practice their new public engagement skills - can you help?

Flying the flag for biomedical research at music festivals

The Scottish Executive-funded Hope Beyond Hype project recently spent three days at Scotland's largest music festival, T in the Park, painting faces, handing out comics and having conversations with festival-goers about stem cells and neuroscience. 

Stem cells and sports medicine: an overview

Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies hold much promise for the treatment of various injuries and diseases suffered by sportspeople. While there are currently no approved stem cell treatments, researchers are working on harnessing the process by which stem cells repair and replace damaged tissues and cells.

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