Newborn babies offer clues to healing hearts, and why do some cancer cells get away? – Metcalf Prize winners announced
I’m delighted to announce that two brilliant young researchers are the winners of this year’s Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research.
Heather Lee is analysing individual cancer cells to understand how some survive therapy. Her research ultimately aims to prevent relapse and lift survival rates for leukemia.
Enzo Porrello is exploring newborn heart development to develop heart attack drugs and engineer ‘artificial pumps’ from patient stem cells.
Dr Heather Lee of the University of Newcastle and Associate Professor Enzo Porrello of the University of Melbourne will formally receive their Prizes, presented to them by Professor Richard Larkins AO, at a special ceremony in Melbourne later this month.
Heather and Enzo were selected from an outstanding group of applicants, reflecting Australia’s continuing strength in stem cell research.
Read on to find out more about their research and achievements.
We’ve been able to award these two $50,000 prizes thanks to the generosity of our supporters. In this bulletin, we share two stories of very different donors. Read on for more.
Dr Graeme L Blackman AO
Chairman, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia