Stem Cell Partnerships: Bench to bedside

Public Event

Ian Potter Auditorium,
Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade, Parkville

More Information

Centre for Stem Cell Systems

stem-cells@unimelb.edu.au

T: 8344 9384

Taking scientific discoveries from the laboratory to patients in the clinic requires a network of people with skills, knowledge, time and passion. Join us to hear how three teams from across Parkville are using stem cells to advance understanding and development of new treatments for diseases affecting liver, gut and vision.

There will be an opportunity following the main event to meet the researchers and others interested in stem cell research.

This event will be moderated by Centre Director Professor Christine Wells and Deputy Director Associate Professor Megan Munsie.

Speakers

Liver Disease

  • Dr Kiryu Yap, Surgeon and PhD student
    St Vincent’s Institute and Hospital

    Dr Kiryu Yap is a trainee surgeon currently completing a PhD at St Vincent’s Institute and Hospital and is an honorary fellow of the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. Dr Yap is working on developing a bio-engineered model of human liver tissue with blood vessels, aiming to ultimately grow livers from stem cells for transplant.

Gut Disease

  • Dr Lincon Stamp, Researcher
    University of Melbourne
  • Dr Marlene Hao, Researcher
    University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Sebastian King, Pediatrician
    Royal Children's Hospital

    Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience researchers Drs Lincon Stamp and Marlene Hao have partnered with clinician A/Prof Sebastian King to explore a stem cell based therapy alternative to surgery in children with Hirschsprung Disease

Eye Disease

  • Professor Alice Pébay, Researcher
    University of Melbourne
  • Dr Matt Rutar, Researcher
    University of Melbourne
  • Daniel Feller, Patient Advocate
    Genetic Cures Australia

    Professor Alice Pébay and Dr Matt Rutar from the Departments of Surgery and Anatomy and Neuroscience are using stem cells to model the retina and are exploring potential cures for eye diseases. This work is well known to Genetic Cures Australia, a charity focused on supporting research for genetic eye disease.