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  • Professor Richard Harvey Elected Fellow of Royal Society
    05 May 2016
    Leading Australian developmental biologist Professor Richard Harvey this week joins scientific luminaries such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Howard Florey and Stephen Hawking as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest continuously operating academy of science in the world.
  • Stem cell and genetic editing may unlock treatments for heart disease
    04 May 2016
    Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) using cutting edge genetic and stem cell technologies, have found new changes in a gene that cause an enlarged heart, a disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  • Stem Cells Australia 2015 Annual Report now available
    28 April 2016
    In 2015 Stem Cells Australia passed the halfway mark in its term as an ARC Special Research Initiative. The year began with a resounding endorsement of our efforts from the ARC Interim Review of Stem Cells Australia, and a renewal of our funding through 2018.
  • Micro Experiments Have Huge Cellular Impact
    22 April 2016
    Researchers at The University of Queensland have developed a credit card sized device that enables cells to be cultured under thousands of different conditions simultaneously speeding up drug screening.
  • Are Stem-Cell Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease Ready for Clinical Trials?
    19 March 2016
    As stem cell-based therapies are moving rapidly towards clinical trials, treatments for Parkinson’s Disease (PD), an incurable condition, may be on the horizon. A recent announcement of a Phase I/IIa clinical trial involving transplantation of stem cells into the first human subjects has raised hope among patients and sparked discussions in the research community. In a commentary published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, authors propose five key questions that should be addressed as this trial begins.
  • New way to harvest stem cells better for donors
    16 March 2016
    For bone marrow transplantation, stem cells are routinely harvested from healthy donors and used to treat patients with cancers including leukaemia. A new discovery reduces the time required to obtain adequate numbers of stem cells, without the need for a growth factor.
  • Cord blood research may unlock future treatments for cerebral palsy
    08 March 2016
    Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy is commencing in Melbourne.
  • Opinion: You might find my research using monkeys abhorrent, but it could save your life
    01 March 2016
    Associate Professor James Bournes shares his thoughts about why primate research matters.
  • Mining for intestinal stem cells
    01 March 2016
    Researchers are looking at the intestinal stem cells of our gut to understand if we can direct these cells to more efficiently regenerate the gut from a diseased state.
  • Queensland Women in STEM Research Prize 2016 – Vote Now!
    29 February 2016
    In recognition of the leading role women in research, the Queensland Government is holding a competition for female researchers and students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics. We are delighted that one of Stem Cells Australia’s PhD students – Lizzi Mason – has been nominated for her work in changing the way we think about stem cells, and in particular pluripotent stem cells.
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