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  • Newly developed breast 'organoid' system may improve cancer treatments
    15 March 2017
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have developed a new system for growing breast tissue in the laboratory, a development that has the potential to improve how the development and function of the breast can be studied.
  • New study doubles estimate of functional genes in our genome
    06 March 2017
    A group of researchers from Japan and Australia have completed a landmark study where they revealed that long non-coding RNAs, a poorly understood and highly controversial class of genes, may link with major diseases, including inflammation and cancer.
  • Re-enacting the crime: funding boost for type 1 diabetes research
    15 February 2017
    Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham MP, Minister for Education and Training, and The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, today awarded a team headed by St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Associate Professor Stuart Mannering and his collaborator Professor Ed Stanley, from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), a $1.5million Innovation Award for research into type 1 diabetes.
  • Start-up makes quick work of cellular experiments
    03 February 2017
    Start-up company Scaled Biolabs Inc is changing the way researchers around the world conduct manual cellular experiments and accelerating discoveries in biology by providing novel devices that enable 1000’s of experiments to occur simultaneously.
  • Alternate facts and Australian stem cell research
    02 February 2017
    In The Australian of 30 January, Angela Shanahan did her part to welcome in the Trump era with a tirade replete with a bizarre collection of “alternate facts” regarding stem cell research. The piece was ostensibly a reply to media criticism of the public relations campaign in support of the award of Australian of the Year to stem cell researcher Alan Mackay-Sim. However, Shanahan’s article swiftly morphed into an incompetent rehash of tired old arguments concerning the use of human embryos in stem cell research. The suppositions and conclusions in the article are at best ill-informed and out of date, and at worst complete misrepresentations of reality. They invite refutation.
  • New leadership appointments to Stem Cells Australia initiative
    30 January 2017
    Professor Melissa Little has been named the new head of the Stem Cells Australia initiative. Professor Little is based at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and brings a wealth of experience to the role, with a strong vision for the future of Australian science in this important area of medical research. Professor Christine Wells, Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems will be joining Professor Little as Deputy Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia.
  • A fond farewell to Professor Martin Pera
    30 January 2017
    Professor Martin Pera, inaugural Program Leader of the Stem Cells Australia initiative, will be returning to the USA to take-up a position at the The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbour, Maine where he will continue his research into the mechanisms that control the growth and fate of pluripotent stem cells.
  • Researcher Perry Bartlett finalist for the Senior Australian of the Year
    30 January 2017
    Stem Cells Australia researcher, Professor Perry Bartlett, was last week named as a finalist in the 2017 Senior Australian of the Year. We congratulate Professor Bartlett on this honour.
  • Shining a light on stem cell therapy to treat gut motility disorders
    30 January 2017
    A new study from the Departments of Anatomy & Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Melbourne has shown that transplantation of stem cells into the bowel wall has the potential to treat some intestinal motility disorders.
  • The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope
    29 January 2017
    Keeping the balance between hope and hype is a difficult one, particularly when there are vulnerable and suffering people relying on the hope medical research offers. New Stem Cells Australia Program Leader Prof Melissa Little puts the future of stem cell research into context.
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