The basics of stem cell biology and a spot light on perinatal stem cells
This seminar will cover the fundamental concepts of stem cell biology including the definition of stem cells, a brief history of breakthroughs in stem cell sciences and the technologies that support them. We will also discuss stem cells from perinatal tissues such as the placenta and umbilical cord, and their potential clinical applications.
Associate Professor Rebecca Lim is a stem cell biologist with joint appointments with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. She is the Scientific Director of the Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Platform at the Monash Health and Translation Precinct, which provides GMP-compliant support for cell based products. Bec leads the Amnion Cell Biology team which has been investigating the regenerative potential of human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs). Her research team has uncovered mechanisms through which the hAECs modulate inflammatory events and bolster endogenous repair processes in the context of neonatal lung and brain injury associated with extreme prematurity, as well as liver cirrhosis, stroke and lung fibrosis in adults.