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  • University of Queensland honours its outstanding alumni
    12 October 2017
    Professor Melissa Little was awarded a 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from University of Queensland, to recognise her research in renal stem cell biology, including the breakthrough of growing ‘mini kidneys’ in a laboratory.
  • Professor Little awarded NHMRC Research Fellowship
    11 October 2017
    Professor Melissa Little, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, Theme Director of Cell Biology and head of the Kidney Research laboratory at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Research Fellowship for her work in the molecular basis of kidney development.
  • NHMRC Research Fellow awarded to Director of Research
    11 October 2017
    Professor Peter Currie, Director of Research at Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University, was awarded a NHMRC Research Fellowship for his work in developmental genetics.
  • Young researcher receives the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award
    15 September 2017
    The 2017 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award In Memory of Neil Lawrence was awarded to Dr James Hudson from the University of Queensland for his work in creating human heart tissue from stem cells for use in drug screening
  • Uncovering new ways to aid recovery for leukaemia patients
    31 August 2017
    Dr Ben Cao is part of a CSIRO research team exploring why some leukaemia patients respond to chemotherapy while others do not. By understanding what molecules are involved in regulating stem cell function in the bone marrow, Ben aims to develop more effective treatment regimens to overcome drug-resistance and cancer relapse. Ben recently received that Best Postdoctoral presentation at the 2017 Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • New populations of cells found in healthy and disease hearts
    30 August 2017
    Nona Farbehi is exploring whether certain cells in the heart can heal the heart after damage from myocardial infarction. Her work was recently awarded a prize for the Best Student Poster at the 2017 Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • Using stem cells to understand the inner ear
    29 August 2017
    Cristiana Mattei is a PhD student based in the Centre for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne where she is using brain organoids to study how the brain develops and what happens in degenerative disease, brain injury and in neuro-cognitive disorders. Cristiana was recently awarded a prize for the Best Student Presentation at the 2017 Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • Growing heart organoids reveals regenerative potential
    28 August 2017
    Holly Voges is a PhD student at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on developing a laboratory model of acute heart injury. Holly was first author on a paper published in the journal Development that explores this new way of investigating heart regeneration and received the Best Early Career Researcher Publication award at the 2017 Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • Making mini-kidneys to understand kidney disease
    28 August 2017
    Dr Lorna Hale is a scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Institute in Melbourne. For over ten years she has worked in the field of renal medicine with a focus on the role of particular cells found in kidney called podocytes. She recently received a prize for her work at the Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • New research aids understanding of how genes are regulated
    22 August 2017
    A decrease in expression of certain genes within the cells of the body has been implicated in cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and neurological disorders. One way genes can be inhibited is through the action of microRNAs, small non-coding molecules of ribonucleic acid (RNA). To help researchers understand more about the role of microRNAs in disease, an international consortium of scientists has produced an interactive map that displays where these molecules are expressed and how they might work within the body.
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