Welcome to the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s bulletin on stem cell medicine and research in Australia.
I’m excited share the news that two brilliant young researchers have been announced as the winners of this year’s Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research.
Yesterday, Dr James Chong of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the University of Sydney and Dr Tracy Heng of Monash University were awarded their Prizes, presented to them by Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC at a special ceremony in Melbourne.
James Chong has two starters in the race to develop stem cell therapies for heart failure, to repair damage and provide alternatives to heart transplants.
Tracy Heng wants to make cancer treatment gentler and more effective for elderly patients with blood cancer and other blood disorders.
We’ve been able to award these two $50,000 prizes thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Read on to find out more about their research.
While James and Tracy are working hard to provide treatment options supported by sound science, we continue to hear stories of dubious practices here and overseas.
In New South Wales, a coronial inquiry has investigated the death of a Sydney women following a stem cell procedure intended to treat her advanced dementia. And a major study (Cell Stem Cell abstract; co-author post about the study) has found that stem cell therapy tourism and marketing is flourishing in the United States while regulation struggles to keep up.
We have included these stories in our regular round-up of stem cell news.
Dr Graeme L Blackman OAM
Chairman, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia
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