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Stem Cells Australia - Tomorrow's medicine starts today

15 March 2019
Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 to discover how to regulate stem cells. The initiative is now poised to harness the immense potential of stem cells for new diagnostic, therapeutic and biotechnological applications.

We are proud of what we have achieved with support of the Australian Research Council to prepare the field of stem cells for a future in Regenerative Medicine, Disease Modelling and Designer Cells, both in Australia and internationally. As such, Stem Cells Australia will have a lasting impact on the future of medicine. 

Stem Cells Australia's three pillars of research and translational growth address many important diseases and chronic conditions, including heart and kidney failure, blindness, stroke, leukaemia, Parkinson's disease, MS, dementia and muscular dystrophy. They are also driving further fundamental research that is discovering completely novel ways to control stem cells and their properties, opening up new applications. 

Stem Cells Australia: Tomorrow's medicine starts today is available to download

Read about the need, project and impact of key innovations, discoveries and breakthroughs from Investigators in the Stem Cells Australia network:
Modelling brain circuitry
With the help of a revolutionary robot, Professor David Adams and Associate Professor Mirella Dottori are studying neurons, testing drug candidates for chronic pain, and working towards precise, personalised neurological treatment.

You can learn a lot about hearts by trying to build one from scratch. A pair of scientists have grown ‘beating’ human heart muscle tissue from stem cells and are exploring cardiac regeneration.

Studying heart development one cell at a time
Examining how individual heart cells develop is revealing how they make decisions to form a working heart.

Genomic biologist Professor Christine Wells and biostatistician Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao are analysing big data to discover what makes stem cells tick. Already the pair have found new ways to classify stem cells, and they’re working to predict the cells’ behaviour and even create custom immune cells.

Clearing corneas and restoring vision
The eye’s cornea depends on stem cells to help maintain transparency. If disease or trauma depletes stem cell reservoirs, a rapid and painful loss of vision soon follows.
Mini-kidneys tell two sides of a genetic story
Gene-editing technology combined with stem cells provides a powerful new way to study genetic kidney diseases and their treatments.
"Who will help me?"
People suffering from serious illnesses are turning to unproven and risky stem cell therapies in growing numbers. Researchers are trying to understand why—and how to provide better information and support.

Building tools for brain repair
Professor James Bourne and his team are laying the groundwork for using stem cell transplants to treat brain trauma with the discovery of an antiscarring agent and new biomaterials to support transplanted cells.

Micro-lenses bring new cataract treatments in sight
Stem cells are being used to rapidly test and improve treatments for cataracts, thanks to an innovative solution developed by Dr Michael O’Connor and his team from Western Sydney University.
  Enlisting the brain's immune cells to fight MS
Specialist cleaning cells in the brain play a key role in neurodegenerative diseases, and they may also hold the secret to new treatments for the likes of MS and Alzheimer’s.
  How reprogramming cells turns back time
For the past decade scientists have been able to reprogram skin cells, nasal cells and other mature cells to become pluripotent stem cells that can turn into any cell type in the human body. How it works is only starting to become clear.