The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Watch the European Parliament hearing on the "One of Us" Petition.

On the 16th of April, a hearing was held at the European Parliament to discuss a petition which seeks to ban all EU funding for research or development activities which involves the destruction of human embryos. A number of EuroStemCell partners attending the hearing. The European Commission has until the 28th of May to respond and we will keep you updated on the developments with this petition.

Stem cell comic now available in Czech

We've just completed a new translation of the stem cell comic Hope Beyond Hype, this time in Czech.

The comic is now available in seven languages - English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Czech, and watch out next month for the launch of a revised interactive version complete with new interactive activities.

All versions of the comic can be found on the Hope Beyond Hype page, or read the new Czech version now, below.

Spotlight on... induced pluripotent stem cells

This month we take a closer look at iPS cells and reprogramming 

Over the past four years we've developed and collected lots of information and resources about stem cells. This month we turn the spotlight on induced pluripotent cells (or iPS cells). First discovered by Shinya Yamanaka in 2006, iPS cells are made from adult specialised cells using a laboratory technique called reprogramming.

Continued EU funding for stem cell research urged

A coalition of leading funders of biomedical research, learned societies and patient groups, led by the Wellcome Trust, has issued a joint statement calling on the European Parliament to continue funding human embryonic stem cell research.

The statement calls for current provisions that allow for the funding of all types of stem cell research - including human embryonic stem cell research - to be maintained in the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

Dublin school captures top prize at 2014 Debating Science Issues All-Ireland Finals

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) played host to the 2014 Debating Science Issues (DSI) All-Ireland Finals last Thursday. St Joseph's Secondary CBS, Fairview from Dublin emerged as eventual winners of the competition.

A stem cell route to the roots of MND

It was a typical morning – trying to juggle experiments, trying not to make mistakes, trying hard to get results….sometimes life can be very ‘trying’ indeed… but then I’m not affected by motor neurone disease (MND) - and what a privilege it is for me to be able to rush around, to go to work and, hopefully one day, discover something that can make a difference.  I am reminded of this as I stumble out of the morning into a less ordinary afternoon - stepping away from the bench and into the world of my boss, Prof Siddharthan Chandran.  

Evaluating the use of comics in communicating science

The comic, Hope Beyond Hype, was written in 2012 in the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine. It tells the story of stem cells from discovery to therapy but how effective is it at getting those ideas across? A medical student from the University of Edinburgh needs your help to find out.

Andrea Grignolio reflects on the success of UniStem Day 2014

UniStem 2014UniStem 2014Andrea Grignolio, Professor of History of Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and member of the Senate Office of Elena Cattaneo reflects on the successes of UniStem 2014.

German survey highlights high public awareness of stem cells

A survey carried out on behalf of the Stem Cell Network of North Rhine Westphalia (KSNRW) has suggested an increase in support for stem cell research among the German public compared to levels identified in other surveys over the last five years. Interviews with over 1000 adults showed a high level of support for research on both tissue (adult) stem cells and embryonic stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells in focus

Taking a closer look at key topics in stem cell research

EuroStemCell has been running in it's current form for four years now. In that time, we've developed a huge volume of information and resources about stem cell research -- films, fact sheets, FAQ, teaching tools and more -- in six languages.

To help you navigate that material, and find the resources and information you're interested in, we will be showcasing selections of content by topic over the coming months. This month, we're featuring embryonic stem cells.

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