Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > UQ to host stem cell centre node

Senator The Honourable Kim Carr (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield AO
Senator The Honourable Kim Carr (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield AO

Abstract:
Today, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, opened the Australian Stem Cell Centre's (ASCC) Brisbane laboratories at The University of Queensland (UQ).

UQ to host stem cell centre node

Australia | Posted on April 2nd, 2008

The ASCC's Queensland laboratories include the first human embryonic stem cell production facility in the state. The ASCC's human embryonic stem cell lines are now available to Brisbane-based stem cell scientists who are using the cells to investigate the potential of the cells in the treatment of blood related diseases and kidney disease.

The Queensland cell lines are expanded from existing human embryonic stem cell lines, known as MEL1 and MEL2, created in Melbourne.

The ASCC's Queensland node links scientists from four internationally renowned Brisbane-based research institutes.

‘This state has everything to offer in terms of outstanding facilities, first class institutes, outstanding scientific talent and a lifestyle that no state can match,' said Professor Vicki Sara, Chair of the ASCC.

UQ Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Keniger said he welcomed the opening of the node at the AIBN and looked forward to the synergies it would produce.

"Formation of a Queensland node will enhance the capacity of all Brisbane-based stem cell research groups, allowing them to achieve their goals more rapidly," Professor Keniger said.

"This facility will strengthen ties between UQ's flagship bio-research institutes such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Queensland Brain Institute and other UQ research groups which are conducting stem cell research."

The ASCC employs scientists within their own dedicated laboratories at UQ with the ASCC's Chief Scientist, Professor Melissa Little, based at the AIBN. The ASCC also funds six external research groups in Brisbane.

The ASCC's core scientific focus is in the area of haematology (blood) and the genesis of a safe transfusible blood product from various stem cell types.

The central project for the majority of the Queensland group is the investigation, using various adult and cord blood stem cells, of the development of manufactured blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells (neutrophils) and platelets, the blood cells that initiate blood clotting.

Professor Stephen Livesey, Chief Executive Officer of the ASCC said, ‘Brisbane is a very attractive base for our second major hub. This development represents a strengthening and acceleration of the ASCC's science strategy towards developing a product that can save and improve the lives of patients with blood related diseases'.

Other projects in Queensland include the application of adult stem cells to kidney disease and heart disease as well as investigations into normal tissue repair, comparisons between different stem cell types, investigations into the safety and efficacy of embryonic stem cells and the development of processes to scale up cell numbers.

The headquarters of the ASCC and the first major cluster was established in 2003 and is based in Melbourne, Victoria. This Melbourne cluster links together a number of stem cell organisations and infrastructure with the ASCC.

####

About University of Queensland
At The University of Queensland, we are striving continually to deliver research outcomes and research training programs that meet the highest standards of quality. UQ’s research enriches lives. Whether through developing superior methods of health care, environmental initiatives, or smarter technology that underpins a brighter future, we seek knowledge both for its own sake and to measurably improve the communities in which we live.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Michelle Gallaher
(0423 056 952)

Copyright © University of Queensland

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter: Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function October 31st, 2014

Gold nanoparticle chains confine light to the nanoscale October 31st, 2014

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing October 31st, 2014

Device invented at Johns Hopkins provides up-close look at cancer on the move: Microscopic view of metastasis could give insight about how to keep cancer in check October 31st, 2014

Academic/Education

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Invites the Public to Attend its Popular Statewide 'NANOvember' Series of Outreach and Educational Events October 23rd, 2014

First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014

Raytheon, UMass Lowell open on-campus research institute: Industry leader’s researchers to collaborate with faculty, students to move key technologies forward through first-of-its-kind partnership October 11th, 2014

SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Announce Expanded Partnership October 2nd, 2014

Nanomedicine

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter: Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function October 31st, 2014

Production of Biocompatible Polymers in Iran October 30th, 2014

Amorphous Coordination Polymer Particles as alternative to classical nanoplatforms for nanomedicine October 30th, 2014

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection October 29th, 2014

Announcements

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter: Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function October 31st, 2014

Gold nanoparticle chains confine light to the nanoscale October 31st, 2014

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing October 31st, 2014

Device invented at Johns Hopkins provides up-close look at cancer on the move: Microscopic view of metastasis could give insight about how to keep cancer in check October 31st, 2014

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection October 29th, 2014

European Commission opens the gate towards the implementation of Nanomedicine Translation Hub October 16th, 2014

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to Streamline New CMOS-based Infrared Sensing Modules Dedicated to Human-activities Characterization October 15th, 2014

New VDMA Association "Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies" founded: Inaugural Meeting in Frankfurt/Main, Germany October 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE





  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE