This article discusses how Australian scientists had made a discovery when studying zebrafish that may lead them in making self-renewing stem cells that could be created to treat blood disorders and diseases.
The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute entered its fifth year of operation in 2013, and I am delighted to report that the Institute has continued to expand its research capabilities through the addition of world-class staff, the establishment of strategic alliances and research collaborations, the winning of grants, and the development of premier training programs.
The possibility of nerve cell regeneration is a step closer after neuroscientists identified the genetic signals that play a crucial role in normal development - driving stem cells to produce neurons that are correctly positioned and connected neurons within the brain.
This news story focused on how zebrafish may be the cure for spinal cord injury. Professor Peter Currie and Dr Yona Goldshmit, from the Australian Regenerative Medicine institute, were interviewed in response to how zebrafish may be the cure for spinal cord injury.
Highlights from our fourth year of operation include the ARMI Scientific Retreat, held at Silverwater Resort near Phillip Island, which gave our research staff the opportunity to review and discuss their research programs with their peers. We were delighted that Professor Peter Rigby and Professor Dame Kay Davies, both eminent members of our newly established Scientific Advisory Board, attended the retreat and welcomed the feedback and recommendations they generously provided.