Since its creation in 2011, the Stem Cells Australia initiative has increased our understanding of how to control and use stem cells in research. Our members have placed Australia at the forefront of stem cell medicine, and now we are developing new diagnostic, therapeutic and biological applications that will transform healthcare in the years and decades ahead.
Today, Stem Cells Australia members are:
- Using mini-kidney “organoids” to understand genetic diseases
- Growing “beating” heart tissue from stem cells
- Modelling brain circuitry to test drugs and treat chronic pain
- Tracking development in individual heart cells to understand regeneration
- Restoring sight with corneal stem cell transplants
- Analysing big data to make designer cells
- Using the brain’s own immune cells to fight MS
- Growing miniature lenses to develop new cataract treatments
- Reprogramming cells to understand Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases
- Building tools to heal brain injuries
- Improving public understanding of the myths and realities of stem cell therapies
Our researchers are learning about how the heart forms so they can identify drugs to stimulate heart repair and improve function; they are analysing big data to predict how cells behave and create custom immune cells; they are helping patients with damaged corneas see again using grafts made from their own stem cells; and much more.
Many of these achievements rely on large interdisciplinary teams from across Australia. Continue reading Tomorrow’s medicine starts today – Stem Cells Australia