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  1. Researchers grow ‘seed’ of spinal cord tissue in a dish

    Aug 26

    Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have for the first time managed to turn stem cells into the specialised cells that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in the growing embryo. Their discovery could lead to a new way of studying degenerative conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the nerve cells in the spinal column, and may pave the way for future treatments for this and other neuromuscular conditions.

  2. Fully functional immune organ grown in mice from lab-created cells

    Aug 24

    Scientists have for the first time grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The advance could in future aid the development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs.

  3. Scientists isolate blood stem cells

    Jun 2

    Blood stem cells are responsible for the production of blood in our bodies and are crucial for treating patients suffering from diseases related to blood cancer. Although some patients already benefit from stem cell transplants, not all patients survive, for example because of the limited availability of matching blood stem cell donors. Therefore, many researchers around the world are exploring ways of generating blood stem cells in the laboratory, which to this date remains a significant challenge.

  4. CRM scientists connect with Scottish communities

    May 22

    The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) has embarked on an ambitious public engagement project to travel to remote areas of Scotland with the aim to give local communities the opportunity to interact face-to-face with scientists working in the regenerative medicine field.

  5. Prof Ian Chambers elected new member of EMBO

    May 7

    CRM Professor Ian Chambers has been elected as a new member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, EMBO, an organisation of 1,500 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. New EMBO members are elected annually in recognition of their contributions to scientific excellence and as such Prof Chambers’ election is a tribute to his research and contribution to the scientific community.

  6. Training course for GP's, healthcare professionals and medical students

    May 2

    On Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd May 2014, the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) ran a highly successful CPD accredited training course aimed at GPs, healthcare professionals and medical students who wished to learn more about the rapidly developing subject of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

  7. Next step in research efforts to culture red blood cells for blood transfusions

    Apr 14

    A team of CRM researchers led by Prof Lesley Forrester are refining the process of culturing red blood cells in the laboratory for use in blood transfusions using so called induced pluripotent stem cells.

  8. Scientists regenerate immune organ in mice

    Apr 8

    Scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore a degenerated organ in a living animal, a discovery that could pave the way for future human therapies.

  9. CRM PhD student wins prestigious oral plenary prize of Royal College of Physicians

    Mar 25

    CRM Clinical PhD student Rachel Guest, who works in Prof Stuart Forbes’ lab on liver stem cells & regeneration, won the oral plenary prize at this year’s Academy of Medical Science Spring meeting, held at the Royal College of Physicians in London in February of this year.

  10. Signalling molecule Wnt biases the earliest fate choices of pluripotent cells

    Mar 6

    During early development, cells in the embryo are able to form all specialised cell types, but because each cell happens to exist in a particular area of the embryo, these so-called pluripotent cells don't form all cell types, but only the ones typical of the position they find themselves in.

  11. CRM PhD student Yali Huang winner of video contest showcasing research on early embryo development

    Feb 4

    Abcam, a global leader in the supply of innovative protein research tools, announced CRM PhD student Yali Huang as the winner of its 15 discoveries contest. Yali is part of Prof Val Wilson’s Early Embryo Development lab. The video contest recognises the most innovative and exciting scientific breakthroughs of the last 18 months supported by Abcam products.

  12. Stem cell research may aid quest to repair damaged immunity

    Feb 3

    A major research initiative could pave the way for new stem cell therapies for people with damaged immune systems. The £5 million project may translate into new treatments that benefit older people and those who have received a bone marrow transplant.

  13. CRM Highlights 2013

    Jan 23

    If you would like to know more about the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), please read our Highlights 2013 newsletter.

  14. Molecule E-cadherin plays key role in turning stem cells into nerve cells

    Dec 12

    CRM scientists are one step further in unravelling how embryonic stem (ES) cells become nerve cells.

  15. Mind Yer Brain: breaking down communication barriers

    Dec 11

    Neuroscience researchers from the University of Edinburgh have teamed up with a creative team led by Shift.ms to spark interest and address misconceptions in brain research.

  16. New report on stem cell research reveals the field is growing twice as fast as the world average.

    Dec 6

    A new report 'Stem Cell Research: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International Landscape' presents a comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field, with particular focus on embryonic stem (ES) cell and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research outputs.

  17. Why stem cells need to stick with their friends

    Nov 7

    Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and University of Copenhagen have identified a core set of functionally relevant factors which regulates embryonic stem cells’ ability for self-renewal. A key aspect is the protein Oct4 and how it makes stem cells stick together. The identification of these factors will be an important tool in devising better and safer ways of making specialised cells for future regenerative cell therapies for treatment of diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

  18. CRM student highlights 2013

    Oct 14

    The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) currently has a vibrant PhD community of more than 60 students. As part of their training program, students are encouraged to get involved in activities that suit their personal interests and help build their CV.

  19. Anne Rowling Clinic opens with Royal seal of approval

    Oct 8

    Patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases are to benefit from a research clinic that was officially opened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal today.

  20. £10M capital funding to build a new ‘stem cell niche’ laboratory facility

    Sep 10

    The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Edinburgh announced yesterday that the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) will receive £10M to build an extension to the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) building.

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