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See Inside the Institute

On the 21st May, 16 members of the public, selected from over 140 entries, were invited to see inside the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

Guests were met by the Institute Director, Professor Austin Smith, who gave an overview of current progress in stem cell research. 

Escorted by a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher, groups of guests visited five specialised areas of the Institute. They followed the development of a theoretical research question "How are cell fate choices made in the developing embryo?".




Andy Riddell, our flow cytometry expert, shows visitors how this complex technology allows us to isolate specific cell populations.




Research Associate, Tuzer Kalkan, answers some tricky questions!




A guest tries her hand at passaging a cell line in the Tissue Culture facility.


"The staff were excellent at explaining their work and their enthusiasm was very obvious."

"I gained an insight into just how complex stem cell research is and that stem cell therapy is not as simple as what journalists and the media would have us believe."


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Discovering the numerous paths of stem cell decision making

Aug 15, 2019

How cells change their identity to become a different cell type and the route they follow to reach their final form is a fundamental unanswered question at the heart of developmental biology.

Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

Aug 14, 2019

New research, published today in Nature, reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state.

New stem cell research funded as part of UK-Japan collaborations to tackle global challenges

Aug 09, 2019

Professor Austin Smith from the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is one of the first round of researchers from the UK and Japan funded to tackle major global challenges in collaborative projects announced today, Friday 9th August 2019.

New stem cell combination could help to repair damaged hearts

Aug 05, 2019

A combination of heart cells derived from human stem cells could be the answer to developing a desperately-needed treatment for heart failure, according to new research part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in Nature Biotechnology.

New study pinpoints cell types affected in brains of multiple sclerosis patients

Jul 17, 2019

Scientists have discovered that a specific brain cell known as a ‘projection neuron’ has a central role to play in the brain changes seen in multiple sclerosis (MS).

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