World leaders in stem cell research will be in Melbourne later this month for the international stem cell conference. We’ll be there tweeting highlights, and also supporting a public forum separating stem cell facts from fiction.
Welcome to the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s bulletin on stem cell medicine and research in Australia.
Nearly 3,000 delegates are headed to Australia for the International Society for Stem Cell Research 2018 Annual Meeting (ISSCR 2018), in Melbourne from 20 to 23 June.
They will share the latest science, present fundamental stem cell and disease research, provide updates on the progress of new treatments towards the clinic, and discuss the challenges of managing patients’ hopes and unethical treatment marketing.
ISSCR 2018 comes at a time when governments around the world are cracking down on rogue clinics, and Australia is bringing in new regulations to protect patients.
We want to help people sort the facts from the fiction. We’re supporting a free public forum in the lead up to ISSCR 2018 to bring the scientists to the people. Come to the event and bring your questions. More below.
Congratulations to the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, the Melbourne Convention Bureau and a coalition of medical research organisations on the success of their campaign over the past six years to win this influential event for Melbourne and Australia.
We will be tweeting highlights from ISSCR 2018. You can follow us on Twitter at @AusStemCell and the meeting organiser at @ISSCR. Follow the conversation through the hashtag #ISSCR2018.
If you’re presenting some exciting science at ISSCR 2018, let us know—email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next bulletin will be a special edition at the end of the month, sharing some of the highlights from ISSCR 2018. Then, in early July, the 2018 Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Science will open for applications, offering two $50,000 prizes for Australia’s emerging leaders in stem cell research.
The Metcalf Prizes, our travel grants for young researchers attending conferences, and our public education events are all made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. With the end of financial year around the corner, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to help us continue this work. Visit our website to donate securely online.
Dr Graeme L Blackman AO
Chairman, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia
Melbourne event: Stem Cell Research - Now and in the Future When: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Monday 18 June Where: Deakin Edge at Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Science legend meets the toughest audience—kids and teenagers—at the World Science Festival Brisbane
Award winning stem cell scientist Alan Mackay-Sim has had a life filled with curiosity, science, a variety of hobbies, and occasional swearing!
In March this year, Alan talked with students at the World Science Festival Brisbane. Here are some of the highlights.
Sanchit (Year 8) How was your school and university life? What were your aspirations and interests as a student?
Alan: I love to learn. From a very early age I wondered how the body works, and how the brain controls the hands to do this, that and the other, and so on. That’s what I did on the academic side. Outside that, I played football, sang in the choir, acted in plays, ran in the athletics carnivals and lapped it all up.
When I got to university I still studied hard, but also danced a lot and listened to a lot of music and enjoyed university life.
Host: If we could interview 5-year-old Alan and ask what he wanted to be when he grew up, what would he have said?
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