In November 2010 the Minister for Innovation announced that a consortium of Australia’s leading universities and research organisations were the recipients of funding totalling $21 million under the Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science.
Stem Cells Australia began operations on 1 July 2011 and aims to explore the fundamental mechanisms involved in stem cell regulation and differentiation, and translate this knowledge into innovative biotechnological and therapeutic applications.
Led by Professor Martin Pera, the initiative links Australia’s leading experts in bioengineering, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, advanced molecular analysis and clinical research. Stem Cells Australia has been established by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Florey Neuroscience Institutes and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Not only will this collaboration support excellence in stem cell research but it will also lead public debate and discussion about the important ethical, legal and societal issues associated with stem cell science.
To find out more visit www.stemcellsaustralia.edu.au.