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Stem Cells Australia - At the frontier of tomorrow's medicine

24 January 2018
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.

New support from the Australian Research Council will allow Stem Cells Australia to expand and target its scientific portfolio towards medical and technological advances. This support will also facilitate the broadening of the Stem Cell Australia network to new partners. 

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.

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Read about the need, project and impact of key innovations, discoveries and breakthroughs from Investigators in the Stem Cells Australia network:
Making immune-boosting neutrophils
Professor Lars Nielsen has developed a process to convert umbilical cord blood into life-saving neutrophils for chemotherapy patients.

Mini-kidneys in a dish
Professor Melissa Little is at the forefront of research to find new therapies for kidney disease, thanks to her tiny, lab-grown organoids. 

Understanding and controlling cell reprogramming
Associate Professor Jose Polo has made the technicalities of converting one cell type into another vastly more accessible, launching a start-up company in the process.

Regenerating brain cells
Stem cells found in regions of the brain could offer possible treatments for age- and mood-related disorders.

Pathways to heart repair
New insights delivered by two Australian research teams puts heart research on the fast track to the clinic. 
Seeing eye disease clearly with robotics
Induced pluripotent stem cells combined with state-of-the-art robotics offer new insights into eye diseases.
Making the right cell from stem cells
A powerhouse trio of laboratories is refining the way of making blood and heart cells, bringing future therapies closer to reality. 

Expanding horizons for stem cell transplants
A new blood stimulation procedure may provide a faster, pain-free way for stem cell donors to help save lives of cancer patients.

Miniaturised stem cell laboratories
By pairing biology with engineering, two research groups are developing innovative ways to understand what happens in diseases associated with brain function.

Towards stem cell therapies for Parkinson's
A bioengineering approach that supports survival of cells transplanted into the brain offers new hope of a treatment for Parkinson's and other brain diseases.