The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

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.

Hope Beyond Hype Part II - stem cells and sport

Last year's Hope Beyond Hype project, co-ordinated by Scotland’s MRC-Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, enjoyed success visiting music festivals to bring together people and research. Its successor Hope Beyond Hype – Part II is being developed with a sporty twist. 

UniStem Day 2014 - March 14th, 9AM Europe united by science

The long and fascinating trip of stem cell research … coming soon!

UniStem Day 2014 once again dissolves the boundaries of stem cell knowledge and spreads it across Europe. The event will be happening simultaneously in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and UK.

UniStem Day aims to foster learning, discovery and debate about stem cell research – building and strengthening knowledge. The event will give participants experiences connected to research, explore cultural expectations and give insight into the day-to-day life of scientists.

The 6th edition will be even larger with 45 universities and 20,000 high school students and more than 250 researchers, managers, communicators, ethicists, clinicians, technicians and many others learning more about and discussing cutting edge stem cell research, in a day entirely dedicated to high school students.

Are quick and easy stem cells on the menu for researchers?

On 30th January, a research group from Japan unveiled a new and seemingly simple method for making stem cells in the lab. Since then, their unusual findings have been met with a mixture of excitement and skepticism. So what exactly did this group do, and what does it mean for stem cell research? Niamh Higgins, a Genetics and Cell Biology student at Dublin City University in Ireland, has been exploring this news for us. Read on to discover what she found.

 

Science at the Senate: workshops in Italy on Science, Innovation and Health

Andrea Grignolio is a historian of medicine, currently teaching History of Medicine at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and working in the Senate Office of stem cell biologist and senator, Elena Cattaneo. He has a keen interest in science communication and is currently working with Prof Cattaneo on a series of events that bring together scientists and politicians. He told us more about the effect this new events programme is already having in Italy.

New EU stem cell research projects up and running

Several new stem cell research projects are off the starting blocks, thanks to major funding from the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme. We’re excited that four of the new projects are collaborating with EuroStemCell. They all focus on different disease areas and types of stem cells, but they all have a common goal: to understand how stem cells work and how to control them so they can be used in treatments for patients. Read on to find out more about the new research.

 

“Ferdi” and the impossible challenges: a tribute to Prof. Ferdinando Rossi

With sadness, we heard this week of the death of Professor Ferdinando Rossi, a leading Italian biologist and close friend and colleague to many of our partners.  Prof Elena Cattaneo knew Prof Rossi well and has written a touching obituary, which we share with you here.

 

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