You don’t need a clinical understanding of muscular dystrophy (MD) to know it is a debilitating disease. While the symptoms and prognoses do differ on an individual basis, MD is characterised by defects in muscle proteins and the death of muscle cells and tissue.
The Martino group’s focus is to combine knowledge from the fields of bioengineering, stem cells and immunology to further understand the role the immune system plays in tissue repair and regeneration. The ultimate goal of the group is to design new regenerative strategies for the repair of bone and tissue.
Mikaël Martino's research paper, “Inhibition of IL-1R1/MyD88 signalling promotes mesenchymal stem cell-driven tissue regeneration,” discusses how the innate immune system modulates the regeneration process, focusing, in particular, on injury to bone tissue.
In James Bourne's opinion piece in the Australian edition of The Guardian, he discusses a proposed parliamentary bill to ban the importation of monkeys for scientific research, and its repercussions on medical progress.
After an extensive international search, Professor Peter Currie, current Deputy Head of ARMI has been appointed to the role of ARMI Director. I am sure you will join us in wishing Peter all the very best in his new role as Director of ARMI.
For many PhD students, writing a science review is like a rite of passage into the scientific community. This was no different for Hakan Tarakci, a fresh ARMI PhD student in Prof. Peter Currie’s Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Joe Berger.