Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research


2018 ISSCR Annual Meeting

The ASSCR is delighted Melbourne has been chosen to host the 2018 ISSCR Annual Meeting.

This premier international event is the largest meeting of experts in stem cell medicine in the world. It provides an annual forum for doctors, policy makers and patients to interact with scientists and thought leaders at the cutting edge of stem cell research.

As a vibrant cosmopolitan city, Melbourne will be a perfect location for hosting over 3,000 delegates expected to attend from 65 countries around the world.

This significant decision recognizes the diverse and leading contributions people within the Australasian region are making to help realise the therapeutic potential of stem cells.

We’re excited to co-sponsor this influential event, and by doing so, further contribute to the development of stem cell technologies for patients, the community and our economy.

Registrations are open for the 2015 ASSCR Meeting!


3rd Cell Reprogramming Australia Conference a great success

The 3rd Annual Cell Reprogramming Australia (CRA) Conference was recently held in Brisbane. This was by far the most successful and exciting CRA Conference and is a testament to the vibrancy of this expanding field of research in Australia and the need for a national platform for information exchange and fostering of collaborations in the cell reprogramming space. A total of 75 stem cell researchers gathered in Brisbane this year, of whom around 30 were group leaders and 45 Early-Career Researchers and PhD students.

Congratulations to conference prize winners - Dr Jess Vanslambrouck (Melissa Little Lab IMB University of Queensland)) won the CRA Best ECR Oral Presentation Award, Ms Frida Forsberg (Jose Polo Lab, Monash University) won the CRA Best Student Oral Presentation Award and Dr Kathryn Davidson (Alice Pebay Lab, The University of Melbourne) won the CRA Best Abstract Presentation Award.

Click here for a full report by Nilay Thakar (Stem Cells Ltd) and some great pictures.

Exciting career opportunities in cell based therapies

Three positions are available in the field of cell based therapies. For more details 

Stem Cell stories continue to inform

Stem Cell Stories is a stunning touring image exhibition jointly created in late 2013 by the ASSCR and Questacon - the Australian National Science and Technology Centre.
The exhibition aims to celebrate the inherent beauty of regenerative medicine research while also stimulating community conversation around stem cells and emerging stem cell therapies. To do so, the exhibition juxtaposes beautiful colour stem cell images with portraits of patients looking to stem cell research for stemcellnew treatments. The beautiful and thought provoking images contained within the exhibition were provided by scientists across Australia and New Zealand.

Display of the exhibition alternates between Questacon, Canberra, and other galleries around Australia. In mid-2014 the exhibition was shown at the Royal Institute of Australia in Adelaide, and in mid-2015 it is planned for display at SciTech in Perth. Future showings are planned for other cities in Australia and New Zealand. The captivating nature of Stem Cell Stories has gathered significant media interest, including the closing credits of the ABC 7:30 Report in Adelaide and an 8-page feature spread in the December 2014 issue of Cosmos magazine.

Unproven stem cell therapies; what to look out for

Assessment of proposed stem cell treatments through clinical trials is used to determine the treatment’s safety and effectiveness, with the results published for transparency and further education.  We have, in conjunction with Stem Cells Australia and the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, prepared a brochure to assist you in your search for more information.... 


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