22 March 2019

At a public event held on 19 March 2019 at the Victorian State Library, Melbourne, researchers and guests of Stem Cells Australia came together to talk about stem cells, on the topic ‘At the Frontier of Tomorrow’s Medicine’

Stem Cells Australia began in 2011, and has received funding from the Australian Government totalling $24 million over eight years, as a Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science through the Australian Research Council.

Stem Cells Australia has drawn upon the strengths within Australia’s premier stem cell research universities and institutes, to probe the innovative properties of stem cells, and convert these discoveries into genuine clinical outcomes. Their research has helped us learn how stem cells can repair tissues like the brain, muscle and bone and how we can recreate tissues like blood, heart and kidney from stem cells. 

Fourteen organisations have formally participated in this research initiative, based at The University of Melbourne, including eight Australian universities, as well as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the Minister for Education, Mr Tim Wilson MP noted that Stem Cells Australia has always put public engagement at the heart of what they do, and the large audience at the event was proof of a strong interest in the science of stem cells, and in the development of therapeutic treatments.

Congratulating Professor Melissa Little, and all the researchers at Stem Cells Australia on their achievements over the previous eight years, Mr Wilson also noted that Professor Little will be leading a new $150 million Australian Stem Cell Therapies Mission, recently announced by the Minister for Health, Honourable Greg Hunt. This new Mission, funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, will enable critical stem cell research to continue, as researchers like Professor Little transfer the basic research that they have learnt in the lab into the clinic, potentially transforming the future of medicine.