Members of the Stem Cells Australia consortium continue to make a substantial contribution to stem cell science. Click here to download our latest Annual Report.
Some of the key advances made by our researchers include the characterisation of genetic and epigenetic stability of human pluripotent stem cells, molecular mechanisms of cell reprogramming, efficient methodology for differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into neural cells, discovery of stem cells in the heart, novel pathways for regulation of blood cell formation, and production of kidney cells from embryonic stem cells. You will find more detailed information on our 2013 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals; presentations made at international meetings, and grants awarded to our researchers - such as the prestigious Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence grant to support research into adult cardiac stem cells – within the Annual Report.
In addition to our laboratory research activities, Stem Cells Australia has also increased its activities in analyzing and commenting on regulatory policy related to the operation of clinics offering unproven stem cell therapies - a major area of concern for the field. During 2013, Stem Cells Australia has developed new educational resources and co-hosted many forums to raise awareness about the progress of stem cell science and regenerative medicine for patients and interested members of the public.
To quote Stem Cells Australia’s Program Leader Professor Martin Pera, “Although stem cell research and regenerative medicine is more competitive than ever, our network of interdisciplinary researchers is well placed to make the breakthroughs that will raise Australia’s profile to one of international leaders in the field. We are looking forward to a very exciting year in stem cell science”.