Our Research

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. 

Our stem cell medicine agenda is anchored in three pillars of research and translation: Regenerative Medicine, Disease Modelling and Designer Cells. Each program builds on key outcomes generated during the initial seven years of Stem Cells Australia funding, and is underpinned by four enabling activities: Engagement, Ethics and Policy; Clinical and Commercial Translation; Capacity-building and Training; and Infrastructure.

The extension of support from the Australian Research Council has allowed Stem Cells Australia to expand and target its scientific portfolio towards medical and technological advances. It is also facilitating the broadening of the Stem Cell Australia membership network to become truly national.

In parallel, the network is continuing to track and discuss the important social and regulatory implications of this research through its Engagement, Ethics and Policy Program, as an essential component of this initiative.


The research conducted by Stem Cells Australia is funded through an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative which provides funding for new and emerging fields of research and builds capacity in strategically important areas.