About Us

Stem Cells Australia brings together Australia’s premier life scientists to harness the potential of stem cells for diagnostic, therapeutic and biotechnological purposes through an Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative scheme.

Led by Professor Melissa Littlethis initiative links Australia’s leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research. 

Stem Cells Australia aims to apply our understanding of stem cell regulation and differentiation, and harness this knowledge into innovative diagnostic, biotechnological and therapeutic applications. Our collaboration also seeks to lead public debate and discussion about the important ethical, legal and societal issues associated with stem cell science and regenerative medicine.

The future of stem cell medicine will be anchored by 3 pillars of translational research: Regenerative Medicine, Disease Modelling and Designer Cells. Each program builds on key research outcomes generated during the initial seven years of Stem Cells Australia and taps the complementary skills of our research partners to enable us to deliver results. 

Our network of over 300 researchers across Australia has been fundamental in scientific breakthroughs in a range of key areas: from improving blood stem cell collection, to fast-tracking pathways to repairing the heart; from converting one cell type to another, to growing a kidney in laboratory dish. Read about how Stem Cells Australia is at the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine

The Stem Cells Australia initiative has developed a sophisticated national network of researchers and underpinning infrastructure. The network has been critical in training the next generation of Australian researchers. Read more about our past achievements in our annual reports

Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 by The University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Queensland and the University of NSW, CSIRO, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Victor Chang Research Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute joining in 2016. The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, University of Tasmania and University of Western Australia will join the initiative in 2018.The University of Melbourne remains the Administering Organisation for the initiative.