Stem cells, cellules souches, Stammzellen: taking research to Europe’s public
Posted by Emma Kemp, on 22 December 2011
It’s been a busy year for EuroStemCell: Europe’s stem cell hub – see www.eurostemcell.org for more information on who we are. We’d like to wish The Node community a happy festive season and a great start to 2012. But before we say goodbye to 2011, we thought you might be interested to know about some of the things we’ve been doing recently…
EuroStemCell goes multilingual
eurostemcell.org is multilingual! Or tri-lingual, at least.
The EuroStemCell website is now available in 2 additional languages, German and French, with Italian and Spanish coming soon. Just click on the flag icons to the right of any page on the website to give the newly translated interface a whirl.
Read more about our translation project, or go straight to the French or German homepage.
Research updates from EU-funded stem cell projects
Our research updates keep you informed about progress in public-funded European stem cell research. Here’s a recent example from our partner, NeuroStemcell.
Using stem cells to develop new therapies for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases
NeuroStemcell brings stem cell biology and clinical science together to develop and test new approaches to stem-cell-based therapy. We study Parkinson’s (PD) and Huntington’s (HD) diseases, which are degenerative diseases of the brain.
Italy meets the UK to discuss the future of stem cells in the clinic
Over 100 Italian and UK scientists and politicians came together on 12 December for a Summit on Regenerative Medicine organized by the Italian Embassy in London and the School of Science Technology and Health, University Campus Suffolk. Their aim: to bring the collective expertise of academics, industry and the political world to bear on the question of how to take basic stem cell research towards the clinic.
We went along to the meeting – read our report on the discussions
Inside the lab
We’ve got two new guest bloggers on our site: Anestis Tsakiridis is sharing his insider’s view of stem cell research in his blogs, Behind the Bench: A series about researchers and their rituals; and we’re delighted to welcome Alzheimer’s researcher Selina Wray, who posted her first blog, A fish out of water, on our site just last week.
Meet the stem cell scientists
We’ve also been busy talking to experts across the stem cell field. Read our interviews with Cedric Blanpain, Yann Barrandon, Christine Mummery, Doug Sipp, Karen English and Nick Barker on the site now and keep your eye out for our chats with Jane Visvader, Connie Eaves and others in the New Year.
Stem cell factsheets
We’ve got an ever-growing set of fact sheets giving quick access to the key facts about different areas of stem cell and regenerative medicine research. The content is written by researchers and reviewed by senior scientists. The fact sheets are designed for non-specialists but why not check them out next time for a quick overview next time someone asks you about something a little outside your own field? Take a look at the whole collection (13 published so far, some in French & German too), but here’s one of our latest…
Type 1 Diabetes: How could stem cells help?
Diabetes is a common life-long condition and the number of children being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is increasing. The symptoms can be controlled but there is no cure. For many, diabetes means living with daily insulin injections and the possibility of long-term damage to their health. How might stem cells help?Read our factsheet about stem cells and diabetes
Keep up with Europe’s stem cell news
Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch with all the latest news from the EuroStemCell project. From February 2012 we’ll be sending out a monthly newsletter. For more regular updates, you can follow us on Twitter, check out our Facebook page or subscribe to our RSS feeds. And if you haven’t visited the site for a while, do take a look and get in touch with your feedback and ideas.