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At the Frontier of Tomorrow’s Medicine: Improving how blood stem cells are collected to understand and treat blood disorders

08 March 2019
Meet Australian researchers who use stem cells to advance our understanding of how the body develops and what happens during disease.

Professor Susie Nilsson is a laboratory head at both the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), Monash University.
Susie and her lab are heavily focused on understanding hemopoietic, or blood, stem cells and their microenvironment. 

They want to use these findings to improve human health, particularly in the areas of bone marrow transplant, collecting blood stem cell and blood disorders such as leukaemia and bone marrow failure. 

A recent discovery form the Nilsson lab was the identification of a small molecule that can target the bone marrow stem cells and force the blood stem cells to leave the bone marrow. The stem cells then enter the peripheral blood steam, where they can be easily collected and used in a clinical transplantation.  

Susie and her team’s research is at the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine. Listen to Susie and Dr Ben Cao’s stories as they share an insight into their research, what fascinates them and their advice to young students who are interested in science and want to get a foot in the door. 


Australian stem cell researchers are making important discoveries in the lab, that will move research outcomes towards clinical applications. Watch their videos.