The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Super Cells science exhibit launches first leg of 5-year international tour

There’s the Builder, the Renewer, the Regenerator and a tricky little character known as the Transformer. These four unusual and charming superheroes are the guides in a new science exhibit to be officially launched today at the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science. Their goal? To show museum visitors the power and wonder of stem cells, our body’s master cells.

What's in a name? Pathways in development

In this blog, Vanessa De Mello (Hippo pathway enthusiast and PhD student in the Musculoskeletal group, University of Aberdeen) explores the names behind signalling pathways that control stem cells.

During growth and development the cells that make up our body need to be precisely controlled. If a ‘stop signal’ is constantly given cells will not grow and divide. But if the lights are continually green, too many cells will grow leading to problems like cancer. It is the ‘developmental signalling pathways’ that control this and give our cells instructions on when to grow, divide, or die.

Film Launch: Cell Fate - Journeys to specialisation. Heidelberg 12 October 18:00

EuroStemCell is delighted to invite members of the public, teachers and schools students are to join us in Heidelberg on the 12 October (18:00) for the launch of our new dynamic film about stem cells.  Produced by award winning science documentary makers, in collaboration with stem cell scientists, this engaging film combines film with animation to create a new perspective on this topic.

Sporty Stem Cells: Two new animates!

The Scottish Government-funded Hope Beyond Hype project is delighted to announce the release of two more animates on the science of stem cells and sporting injuries. The latest two animates cover topics including the use of stem cells to treat cartilage and tendon damage and are now set to music!

Goodbye, good luck and thank you Emma!

Yesterday, the EuroStemCell team bid their farewells to a highly valued colleague, Emma Kemp, as she moves on to exciting professional pastures new. The Island of Inchcolm, just north of Edinburgh, seemed like an ideal spot to have a farewell picnic lunch, as we reflected on the huge contribution Emma has made to the project. 

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.

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