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Pint of Science is an international festival which aims to bring research scientists out of their labs to meet the people! Last week, in pubs around the UK, scientists and members of the public paused over a pint to discuss some of the most interesting scientific questions.

 

Three senior researchers from the SCI stopped off at the Panton Arms in Cambridge  to help answer the question 'Stem cells: what can they do for you?'.

 

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Dr Jenny Nichols introduced us to the earliest cells in the mouse embryo and how they begin to become specialised tissues.

 

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Dr Michaela Frye got us thinking about tissue stem cells in the skin and revealed the surprisingly mysterious world of hair follicles.

 

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Professor Robin Franklin took us inside the brain to understand how stem cells are skilled at regenerating some brain cells but struggle with others.

 

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The three speakers also revealed their custom art pieces, created in collaboration with local artists. We were particularly taken with a blastocyst necklace by contemporary jeweller, Aurora Lombardo!

 

In honour of the setting we closed with a pub quiz and one for the road.

 

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Thanks to Pint of Science for a splendid event. Congratulations to Stanley Strawbridge and all other members of the SCI who helped to pull it off!

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Affiliate group leader Florian Merkle named Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Oct 23, 2019

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) announced the 2019 class of NYSCF – Robertson Investigators, welcoming six of the most talented stem cell researchers and neuroscientists into the NYSCF Investigator Program.

First cell map of developing human liver reveals how blood and immune system develop

Oct 09, 2019

In a world first, scientists have created the human developmental liver cell atlas that provides crucial insights into how the blood and immune systems develop in the foetus. It maps changes in the cellular landscape of the developing liver between the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, including how stem cells from the liver seed other tissues to support the high demand for oxygen needed for growth.

Diabetes drug reverses cell ageing and could stop multiple sclerosis

Oct 08, 2019

New research published in Cell Stem Cell suggests a common diabetes drug could hold the key to stopping disease progression in multiple sclerosis (MS). The new finding offers hope to people living with advanced forms of the condition, who currently have no treatment and often see disability as inevitable.

Stem cell studies offer hope for childhood neurological condition

Oct 03, 2019

Two new studies by an international team of researchers report progress in using stem cells to develop new therapies for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a rare genetic condition affecting boys that can be fatal before 10 years of age.

Cancer cells ‘corrupt’ their healthy neighbours

Aug 28, 2019

The healthy cells immediately surrounding a tumour become more stem cell-like and support cancer growth, reveals a new study published in Nature. The discovery was made during a research collaboration between Dr Joo-Hyeon Lee at the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Dr Ilaria Malanchi at the Francis Crick Institute.

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