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.
Each year UniStem organizes a big outreach event on stem cells dedicated to high school students. In 2014 the event was organized simultaneously by 47 universities across Italy, Spain, Ireland, Sweden and UK and the plan is to get even more universities across Europe involved for 2015. This year Lund Stem Cell Center, via the Research School, will organize UniStem Day in Lund! The event will take place on Friday March 13th.
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.