Stem Cells Australia 2018 Annual Report now available

10 April 2019
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2018 saw significant advances made by our researchers. We continued to expand our outstanding record of contributions to both basic and applied stem cell biology, including a remarkably diverse publications portfolio of 150 publications. Our researchers were recipients of many prestigious awards, grants and fellowships. Click here to download our latest Annual Report.

After eight years of support from the Australian Research Council, and after another great year of outcomes, this will be the final annual report from Stem Cells Australia.

Across the duration of our funding from the ARC, Stem Cells Australia has graduated in excess of 50 PhD students, published more than 950 stem cell manuscripts and secured more than $120 million in research funding

This year Stem Cells Australia welcomed $3 million funding from the Federal Department of Health via the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research Program, to build national teams of experts to take stem cell research from the laboratory into the clinic. Two teams were formed in 2018, focusing on using stem cells to test new ways to save the sight of children with rare genetic defects that slowly cause blindness, and to pioneer new approaches for the treatment of congenital heart disease.

The 2018 Annual Report highlights our research excellence, our collaborations with national and international researchers and our commitment to training and capacity building. Here are some of those highlights:
  • Childhood leukemia better understood through international research collaboration - An international collaboration between Prof Christine Wells and Dr Jarny Choi (UOM), and the University of Glasgow, has comprehensively analysed the differences between the childhood and adult forms of acute myeloid leukaemia, demonstrating that the childhood form is biologically different to that of the adult. Researchers hope that new and more specific treatments for the childhood form of leukemia can now be investigated. This was published in Nature Communications. 
  • Exchange Platform Program - Thanks to SCA’s support, the ECR Committee was able to create a new exchange platform for ECRs within the network. The aim of the program was to enable ECRs to spend time in another laboratory to learn new methods and promote networking and career development. This program will give Dr Grace Lidgerwood (from Prof Alice Pebay’s lab, CERA, UoM), the opportunity to travel to Sydney and develop skills in the bioinformatics analysis of single cell RNA sequencing datasets in A/Prof Joseph Powell’s lab (Garvan, UNSW).
  • Megan Munsie receives international public service award - Head of the Engagement, Ethics and Policy Program, A/Prof Megan Munsie was awarded the 2018 International Society for Stem Cell Research Public Service Award, in recognition of her many years of outstanding contributions to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Megan’s work is global in scope, grounded in academic research, and relies on her collaborative partnerships with key community and professional groups to address important ethical and regulatory considerations critical to the advancement of these fields.
  • International collaboration to advance medical technologies and treatments for patients in Australia - SCA, the Canadian-based Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and CCRM Australia have agreed to collaborate to advance the field of regenerative medicine and cell and gene therapies in Australia.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our postgraduate students who completed their studies in 2018: 
  • Hananeh Fonoudi, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Jaber Firas, ARMI, Monash University 
  • Laura Galvis-Vargas, ARMI, Monash University 
  • Pamela Kairath Oliva, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Nona Farbehi, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Edward Huang, University of Melbourne
  • Elizabeth Qian, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • James Spyrou, University of Melbourne
Please download our 2018 Annual Report for more information.