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Australian Metcalf Prize winner is answering questions about how we and our stem cells get old—14 November 2017

Australian Metcalf Prize winner is answering questions about how we and our stem cells get old—14 November 2017

Jessica Mar

ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Jessica Mar of The University of Queensland has received a $50,000 Metcalf Prize from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia in recognition of her leadership in stem cell research.

Associate Professor Mar is analysing stem cells to discover the changes that influence ageing.

We all started life as a stem cell. Throughout our lives, stem cells repair and replace our tissues, but as we age they stop working as well. Understanding how this decline occurs is fundamental to understanding—and influencing—how we age.

Associate Professor Mar is studying ageing stem cell models with collaborators around Australia to answer these questions. She is also collaborating on longevity research internationally, and will work with two study populations, ‘super-centenarians’ in Japan who live to 110 years or more, and a group of Ashkenazi Jews who are aged 95 years and older.

Associate Professor Mar will use her Metcalf Prize to expand her research and introduce the next generation of stem cell researchers to the power of ‘centenarian studies’. It is all based on big data, and powerful computer analysis of the genomes of millions of individual cells from hundreds of people.

Media issued by National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.

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