Stem Cells: extracting the facts

A Research Tuesdays forum

Few lines of medical research hold quite so much promise – nor capacity to divide opinion – as stem cell therapies. As a leading institution globally in this important field, the University of Adelaide invites you to a public forum to cast light on its every angle – historical, clinical and ethical. You will learn:

  • The major milestones in stem cell research – the journey from mice to man.
  • The miraculous potential of embryonic stem cells, and why – almost 20 years since their isolation – they’re still not used to cure disease.
  • The therapeutic advantages and limitations of adult stem cells.
  • The incredible regenerative possibilities presented by the emerging ability to reprogram ordinary adult cells as patient-specific pluripotent stem cells.

Don’t miss this special event.

The presenters

Dr Michelle Lane is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Gamete and Embryo Biology Laboratory at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute. She is also Chief Scientific Officer of the Monash IVF Group, and worked with Professors Thomson and Jones at the University of Wisconsin to isolate and grow the world’s first human embryonic stem cells in cell culture (1998).

Professor Stan Gronthos is Co-Director of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Stem Cell Research. During his postdoctoral training at the US National Institutes of Health on Stem Cell Research (1999 – 2001) he co-discovered several adult mesenchymal stem cell populations and invented protocols to isolate and propagate these cells from different postnatal tissues.

Professor Andrew Zannettino is the Professor of Experimental Haematology and Deputy Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Medical Sciences. Andrew also heads the Myeloma Research Laboratory and co-heads the Regenerative Medicine Program. In the early 1990s his studies with Stan Gronthos and Paul Simmons led to the isolation and characterisation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

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