By exploring four key research areas, in a unique multidisciplinary approach, Stem Cells Australia will also foster and train the next generation of Australian stem cell scientists, cementing Australia’s future position in the field. The key areas of scientific research include:
- Pluripotency and Reprogramming
- Cardiac Regeneration and Repair
- Neural Regeneration and Repair
Stem Cells Australia
's research endeavors will be supported by central infrastructure such as the dedicated bioinformatics platform Stemformatics
and a new computational approach to explore gene regulatory networks in stem cell differentiation.
Given the high profile of stem cell research, Stem Cells Australia also views public engagement and research into related ethical and societal
considerations as essential component of the initiative and has
established an Education, Ethics, Law and Community Awareness Unit
that will undertake important work in collaboration with sociologists and ethicists from around the country.
Professor Melissa Little, an internationally recognised stem cell researcher jointly appointed through University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute leads this seven year ARC Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science.