Lund center for Stem Cell Biology and Cell Therapy is one of six Swedish strategic centers of excellence in life sciences, supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Established in January 2003, the center focuses on stem cell and developmental biology of the central nervous and blood systems, and development of stem cell and cell replacement therapies in these organ systems as well as research in non-mammalian model systems.
Jonas Larsson, associate professor of molecular medicine, conducts research on blood stem cells that form new blood after a bone marrow transplant. His research group are trying to find ways of getting stem cells to multiply before transplant and they are studying the genes that are important for stem cell growth.
Researchers at Lund University have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A during fetal development.
The results show that vitamin A affects the formation of blood cells that occurs during human embryonic development.
Title: Human ESC-Derived Dopamine Neurons Show Similar Preclinical Efficacy and Potency to Fetal Neurons when Grafted in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease.
Authors: Grealish S, Diguet E, Kirkeby A, Mattsson B, Heuer A, Bramoulle Y, Van Camp N, Perrier AL, Hantraye P, Björklund A, Parmar M.
Published in: Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Nov 6;15(5):653-65
The Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) has awarded Sofie Singbrant Söderberg with their big grant for young researchers. The purpose is to allow young promising scientists to start up and establish their own independent research group. The aim of Sofie’s research is to discover novel strategies to increase red blood cell production to treat refractory anemia.
A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study presents the next generation of transplantable dopamine neurons produced from stem cells. These cells carry the same properties as the dopamine neurons found in the human brain.