Leading Australian and Japanese
experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology and clinical
research met at a two day summit to share ideas
and forge plans on how to address some of the big questions in stem cell science.
Hosted by Stem Cells Australia at
the University of Melbourne, researchers from across Australia joined visiting scientists from Kyoto University to explore new collaborative opportunities.
Martin Pera, who leads the Stem Cells Australia initiative and is the Chair of
Stem Cell Science at the University of Melbourne, said “Stem cell research is a
field with great opportunity but also enormous challenges. These challenges
will only be met by an international effort that promotes free exchange of
information, collaboration, and effective use of research resources”.
Japanese delegation was led by Professor Norio Nakatsuji, Founding Director of
the Institute for Integrated Cell Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University’s
premier interdisciplinary research initiative with a focus on stem cell science and technology.
Nakatsuji commented, “By facilitating scientific exchange between leading
scientists in Stem Cells Australia and iCeMS, we will be able to accelerate the
progress of both teams towards applications of stem cells in research and
Key areas that were identified for future projects include neural and cardiac disease modeling, sharing media and culturing techniques and further strengthening bioinformatics platforms.
Australian delegates included Prof Peter Gray, Director of University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology and Prof Nadia Rosenthal, Director of Monash University's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, together with SCA colleagues from CSIRO, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Centre for Eye Research Australia and University of Melbourne.
summit was supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australia-Japan
For program details to and see photos from the meeting visit the iCeMS website.