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Episode 92: Stem Cells Discovery

For the first time in Australia, researchers from University of Melbourne and Monash Institute of Medical Research have converted diseased skin cells into stem cells.   

More information

Researchers have completed the study by using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA). The discovery will allow for the development of new treatments for FA and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. 

For more information, see the following websites: 

University of Melbourne Stem Cell Laboratory: http://www.cns.unimelb.edu.au/research/Stem%20Cell/

Friedreich Ataxia Research Association: http://www.fara.org.au/
Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance: http://www.curefa.org/

Credits

Produced by Rebecca Scott
Camera by Clive Banfield
Editing by Rob Cross, Corporate Video

Video of heart cells provided courtesy of:
Duncan E Crombie
Senior Research Assistant
Stem Cell Medicine, O'Brien Institute 

With thanks to: 

Dr. Alice Pébay
Group Leader, Stem Cell Lab 
Centre for Neuroscience and Dept of Pharmacology 
The University of Melbourne
Senior Research Fellow, O’Brien Institute

Dr Mirella Dottori
Group Leader, Stem Cell Lab 
Centre for Neuroscience and Dept of Pharmacology
University of Melbourne

Dr Paul Verma
Senior Scientist, Head of the Reprogramming of Somatic Cells Lab
Centre for Reproduction and Development. 
Monash Institute of Medical Research

Dr Jun Liu, Post-doc fellow 
Centre for Reproduction and Development. 
Monash Institute of Medical Research

Ms Varlli Beetham, Executive Director
Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Association (FARA)

Jessica Leung and the staff of the Stem Cell Lab
Centre for Neuroscience and Dept of Pharmacology
University of Melbourne

Caitlyn Black and Julie Jacobs
Development, Marketing and Communications
Monash Institute of Medical Research