Welcome to the National Stem Cell Foundation’s bulletin on stem cell medicine and research in Australia.
I’m thrilled to share the news that two rising stars have been announced as the winners of this year’s Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research.
Ryan Lister has discovered how adult stem cells retain a memory of what they once were. He believes he can make them forget their past lives, so that their history doesn’t limit their new potential.
Christine Wells has created an online encyclopedia of detailed scientific information on how our thousands of different genes shape us, which has led to the discovery of a new kind of stem cell. Read on to find out more about their research.
We’ve been able to award these two $50,000 prizes thanks to the generous support of our donors. We’re calling for more donations now to ensure we can offer future prizes and conduct other initiatives to support stem cell research and community education.
With the increasingly widespread marketing of risky and unproven stem cell treatments, regulation and community education have never been more important.
With this in mind, we’re connecting with the community—from projection art in public spaces, to guides for patients wanting credible information—and contributing to the Australian Government’s review of regulations for stem cell treatments. Read on for details.
Finally, I’m delighted to introduce Julia Mason, our new Executive Officer. Julia will manage the ongoing activities of the Foundation, drive fundraising efforts and provide strategic advice to the Board.
It is vitally important we support both the best of stem cell science and the community’s understanding of it. This is the Foundation’s mission. We encourage you to make a donation to the Foundation, and express our heartfelt gratitude to those who have supported us in the past.
National stem cell prizes awarded to Perth and Brisbane researchers
Support stem cell research and education through the Foundation’s end of financial year appeal
Supporting the research of the Metcalf Prize winners Ryan Lister and Christine Wells would not be possible without the financial assistance of our donors. We hope to raise funds to ensure that the Metcalf Prizes continue in perpetuity.
We are deeply grateful for the kindness and generosity of those who have made donations. With this support, the Foundation has contributed to the development of Australia’s stem cell sector over the past year by:
Online information to help sort stem cell fact from fiction
Need reliable information about stem cell science to help you evaluate treatment options? Two new resources—one local and one international—are here to help.
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has launched their expanded ‘Closer Look at Stem Cells’ website. It includes information on basic stem cell biology, the process by which science becomes medicine, clinical trials and the use of stem cells in understanding specific health conditions, such as macular degeneration and multiple sclerosis, with more to be added in coming months.
A recent episode of The Stem Cells Podcast featured the new website, with guests Megan Munsie and Mario D’Cruz.
Visit the website at www.closerlookatstemcells.org
Therapeutic Goods Administration currently reviewing public consultation submissions
The Foundation welcomes Julia Mason
Between newsletters, we share stem cell news on social media:
Here are a few of the stories we’ve shared recently:
The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia is an ATO-registered tax-deductible Health Promotion Charity dedicated to promoting the study and responsible use of stem cells to reduce the burden of disease.
The Foundation’s activities include:
Promote the study and use of stem cells
Prevent or control diseases or illness
Enhance public education about stem cells