The latest stem cell news, interviews, blogs and commentary

Stem cell banking: A UK perspective on a global challenge

The UK Stem Cell Bank was established in 2003 to store, characterise and supply ethically approved stem cells for medical research and treatment. It was the first government funded public service collection of stem cells and it has played an important role in developing and maintaining standards in the UK and internationally. So what exactly does it do and why do we need this type of stem cell banking?  Glyn Stacey, Director of the UK Stem Cell Bank, tells us more.

Stem cells and neurological disorders: new topic page

The potential of stem cells to treat neurological diseases is something we're regularly asked about, by patients, students, and others - via this website and when we're out and about. We now have lots of information on this subject, from fact sheets and FAQ to news stories and educational resources, and have pulled it together in a single topic page to make the information easier to find and navigate: Information and resources about stem cells and neurological disorders.

We're interested in your feedback on this page and on our coverage of stem cells and neurological disorders generally: What else would you like to see? Are there significant gaps in format or subject matter? So take a look and let us know.

The Human Connection

A guest post by PhD student Gillian Smith, who has helped to deliver stem cell events and workshops in Skye and Fort William as part of the Hope Beyond Hype: Scottish Stem Cell Stories project.

As a PhD student, I spend most of my time in the lab. Days can be long and sometimes lonely. And with the mental strain of one failed experiment after another and an ever-increasing list of unanswerable questions, it is easy to forget why I set out to become a researcher. It is easy to get lost in the narrow focus field of the lab and forget what the bigger picture is.  I am constantly thinking to myself, “Why am I doing this?” Of course, life as a PhD student is not meant to be easy, but if you are unable to see the meaning behind your work and the ultimate outcome that we all strive for, it is near impossible.

Stem Cell Research: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape

New report on stem cell research reveals the field is growing twice as fast as the world average.

Stem Cell Research: Trends and  Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape presents a comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field, with particular focus on embryonic stem (ES) cell and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research outputs. The report was jointly prepared by Elsevier, Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and EuroStemCell, and will be discussed on 6 December 2013 at the World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego.

Experiencing public engagement

We often spend time discussing science communication and public engagement with people trying it for the first time - scientists, educators and students. In the last few weeks, student Nia Powell has been on a work experience placement with us, trying her hand at writing about stem cells. Read on to find out more about her experience and what she learnt.





ISSCR and Institute of Medicine Workshop Recap: Unregulated Stem Cell-based Treatments

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has for some years been a voice in the debate over unregulated stem cell treatments, advocating for careful oversight but cognizant of the plight of patients facing critical diseases and their need for hope.

Last week, the ISSCR, along with the Institute of Medicine of the USA, hosted a workshop to explore issues faced in the clinical application of stem cell treatments, in particular, the practice of unproven stem cell therapies. The meeting brought together representatives from the research and medical communities, national scientific and medical academies, regulatory advisors, consumer protection and patient advocacy groups.

Stem Cells: From Bench to Bedside, King’s College London

The scale of the medical challenges that an ageing population poses for healthcare in the future will require radical solutions; harnessing the potential of stem cells represents a promising strategy. On 12 November members of the public gathered at King’s College London to discuss issues surrounding stem cell research and how their clinical translation may be realised. 

Australian screenings of stem cell film spark school students' imagination

During October, over 450 Australian high school students and their teachers attending five screenings of the award-winning documentary Stem Cell Revolutions in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, organised by Stem Cells Australia and EuroStemCell.

At each screening, students had the opportunity to have their questions about stem cells and careers in science answered by Clare Blackburn, EuroStemCell's project coordinator and co-producer of the film, as well as a panel of local stem cell experts.

Elena Cattaneo is Stem Cell Person of the Year!

Many congratulations to our partner, Dr Elena Cattaneo, who is the winner of the 2013 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award run by Dr Paul Knoepfler via his well-known blog. We know Elena not only as a leading scientist, but also as a very active, fantastically energetic and supportive collaborator in public engagement with stem cell research. She's also recently become a senator. All in all, a great choice for Stem Cell Person of the Year! 

Stem cells - the future, le futur, die Zukunft, il futuro, nasza przyszłość, el futuro

We're excited to announce that our short film, Stem cells - the future: an introduction to iPS cells, is now available in six languages and with a supporting quiz for the classroom. You can now order a DVD or view the film online and download the quiz, all in your language.





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