The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Transdifferentiation workshops for secondary students at CRG

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona has started the school year with a new workshop for high school students. The workshop is taking place every Thursday in the CRG Teaching and Training Lab facilities, a space specifically designed for the training of new researchers and for outreach activities.

Amazing stem cell questions at Inverkeithing High School

This Stem Cell Awareness Day I joined Richard Axton and Cathy Southworth at Inverkeithing High School in Scotland to share with students the exciting world of stem cell biology and the work of being scientists. Having only just started my PhD, this was a new venture and I was intrigued to discover the thoughts and questions that hearing about the science might provoke.

Making Cell Fate: Journeys to Specialisation

Our latest film looks at how specialized cells develop from stem cells. You can watch the film online, or pre-order a DVD.

Cell Fate: Journeys to Specialisation is available in English now, and by the time the DVD ships in December it will have subtitles in 5 more languages (French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish).

Jump to: screenings | making the film | watch and find out more

Interview with Malin Parmar: cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease

Malin Parmar heads a research group focused on developmental and regenerative neurobiology at Lund University in Sweden. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

At this year’s Hydra summer school I spoke to Malin about how she got started in stem cell research, what she’s working on at the moment, and her view of the prospects for treating Parkinson’s disease with stem cells.

Snail fur: an alternative model organism for stem cell research

In this guest blog post Hakima Flici, a postdoctoral researcher at NUIG's Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), tells us a bit more about her particular area of stem cell research...

I always wanted to contribute to scientific progress in stem cell research. Stem cells are helping us to understand degenerative disease and cancer, and a deep understanding of their basic biology is a pre-requisite for clinical application. My PhD project, at Strasbourg University in France, was about the plasticity (adaptability to change) of brain stem cells in fruit flies. After graduating, I decided to get deeper knowledge, and joined Prof. Uri Frank’s team in 2013, attracted by the model organism used to understand the basic biology of stem cells. 

Interview with Michaela Frye: RNA modifications, an upcoming field

Dr Michaela Frye began her research career in molecular ecology and evolution , working with snails, before a shift to cystic fibrosis for her PhD research. After her PhD she worked as a post-doc with Fiona Watt at a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) research institute in London. In 2007 she was awarded a CRUK career development fellowship to set up a group at the Wellcome Trust - MRC Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge, where she is now a senior research fellow. We spoke to Michaela at the Hydra Stem Cell Sumer School earlier this year, where she gave a lecture on epigenetic regulation of differentiation and development.

HumEn at European Researchers Night

Wendy Bickmore and Andrea Venturato flew the flag for HumEn at European Researchers Night last Friday, 26th September.

CRG produces stunning art/science exhibition in Barcelona

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona and partners have produced a stunning and unique art/science exhibition titled "Tree of Life. The complexity of life: from the cell to the living organism".  The exhibition is open to the public at Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona) through support by the Banc Sabadell Foundation.  It aims to both share the work done at the CRG, and reveal the beauty and uniqueness of the images, showing the parallels and synergies between art and science.  

Continued funding for EuroStemCell

EuroStemCell is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing continued funding under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 funding programme.  This means that EuroStemCell, with its strong collaboration of partners, will continue to support the scientific community to engage with citizens, teachers, patients, patient support groups, regulators, policy makers, parlimentarians, journalists...and the many more parties with a strong interest in stem cell research.  As well as continuing our current activity, we will be initiating some new and exciting branches of the project with the aim of developing the project and increasing the impact of our activities - watch this space! The EC have produced a news story about the project which can be read here.

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.

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