Professor Klaus Matthaei, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU.
It was understood as early as in Greek Mythology that certain organs could regenerate after damage, as described by Zeus punishing Prometheus for stealing fire by having him bound to a rock and having an eagle eat his liver, only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. In more modern times the idea of using stem cells for regenerative medicine has gained momentum by the isolation of cells from embryonal carcinomas that were capable of directed differentiation in vitro into a variety of different tissues in the 60s and 70s. This was followed by the isolation of embryonic stem cells from mouse, then human embryos in the 80s and 90s and more recently the capability to generate inducible pluripotent stem cells from somatic tissues like the skin.
This lecture will introduce the basic biology of the different types of stem cells and their capabilities for the potential treatment of human diseases.
For enquiries or to register:
Dr Madeleine Nicol
T 02 6125 2577