Recent news and events from the project:
PhD student Sara Schmidt, a researcher in the lab of HumEN principal investigator Mark Bradley, last week ventured away from the lab into a local High School to experience for the first time a taste of public engagement. Here she tells us about her experience...
Henrik Semb will speak about creating beta cells from endoderm cells at Horizons in Molecular life Science. Organised by The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, this inter-Nordic symposium on stem cells in tissue re-generation and cancer, is open to the public and will take place on 16th April, 2015.
Two recent studies have revealed for the first time how to generate insulin producing cells resembling normal beta cells, in the lab, from human pluripotent stem cells. This provides a step forward for a potential cell therapy treatment for diabetes. But how alike are these cells to the beta cells found in our bodies? How close are we to testing these cells in diabetics? And what other questions still remain? In this commentary, HumEn Project Co-ordinator Henrik Semb tackles these questions providing perspective in this complex and challenging field. Read the full commentary here
Wendy Bickmore and Andrea Venturato flew the flag for HumEn at European Researchers Night last Friday, 26th September. They took part in Explorothan 2014, the Scottish arm of the pan European event that aims to bring the general public and researchers together to discuss, debate and wonder about the many intriguing questions being asked by Europe's many researchers.