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Stem cells: the body's master cell

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access
Past event - 2018
14 May Doors open at 18:30
Start time 19:00
End time 21:30
The Grain and Hop Store, 69 to 76 Regent St,
Cambridge CB2 1AB
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Every single cell type in your body can arise from a stem cell. Thus, stem cells are essential for the development and maintenance of the human body. Because of their ability to convert into multiple cell types, stem cells are an expanding research tool that allow researchers to study development and disease. This event has been kindly supported by Abcam.



Adult Liver and Pancreas Organoids

Mikel McKie (PhD student in Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration, Huch Lab)
The liver and pancreas are critical organs maintaining whole body metabolism. Historically, the expansion of adult-derived cells from these organs has proven challenging and this has hampered liver and pancreas stem cell biology. Recently, advances in culture conditions have allowed the culture of adult-derived liver and pancreatic material into mini "liver and pancreas organoids" - organs in a dish.

Drunken Genetics

Juan Garaycoechea (Postdoctoral Researcher)
DNA carries the instructions to life, but is also under constant assault. The resulting damage, if not repaired, leads to mutation and disease. Common environmental mutagens include sunlight and cigarette smoke but DNA is also subject to damage from chemicals produced by our own cells. Our latest work shows how chemicals produced by our metabolism, but also derived from alcohol, can slice through DNA, and describes the defence mechanisms that prevent lasting genetic damage.

Application of Man-Made Super Stem Cells in Disease Research and Drug Testing

Yichen Shi (CEO and Co-founder of Axol Bioscience)
Human stem cells extracted from adult tissues are commonly used for regenerative
medicine research and tissue repair. In this talk, Dr. Shi will tell you about a different
usage of stem cells – disease modelling and drug testing, using a special type of
human stem cells created with the Nobel Prize-winning genetic reprogramming