Stem cells on their best behaviour

Australian researchers investigate the behaviour of stem cells to leverage their therapeutic potential. 

A transformation of contemporary medical therapies is promised by stem cell research, offering breakthroughs in replenishing damaged cells in the body.

Understanding the behaviour of stem cells

One of the key challenges in harnessing the therapeutic potential of stem cells is controlling how they behave on a biomaterial surface.

“We found that the surface properties influenced stem cells. Our work has established a new platform for stem cell culture, demonstrating an approach to controlling stem cell behaviour into desired lineages and potentially be used as the next generation cell culture tools for directing human stem cell behaviour,” says Dr Peng-Yuan Wang, DECRA Fellow from Swinburne University.

Homing stem cells for a healthy heart

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in Australia, killing one Australian every 12 minutes according to the Heart Foundation.

Discover how “homing”, a process where stem cells would be drawn to specific disease sites, has the potential to transform how we treat this disease from researchers at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. 

Read 'stem cells on their best behaviour' in Research Australia's INSPIRE magazine.