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Bendigo gets the facts on stem cells


Image courtesy of Neuroregeneration PhD student Duncan Crombie

Bendigo and District residents will have the opportunity to learn the facts about stem cells and research into vision loss at a FREE community event on Thursday 3 July.

An internationally-acclaimed documentary “Stem Cell Revolutions” will be screened at the event. This film charts the history and evolution of stem cell science; from the earliest experiments that first revealed stem cells in the body, to leading current scientific and clinical developments, particularly as they relate to vision loss.

Local resident Linda Nancarrow decided to organise a local screening of the documentary after attending a similar event in Melbourne at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

“I found the film both informative and encouraging,” said Linda. “It not only explains the science behind stem cells in easy-to-understand language, it also covers their potential to help treat a range of health problems, particularly eye conditions.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the screening at the Latrobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View St Bendigo at 10am. A panel discussion on stem cells and eye health will follow, featuring Dr Alice Pébay and Dr Alex Hewitt from the Centre for Eye Research Australia and Associate Professor Megan Munsie from Stem Cells Australia and The University of Melbourne.

Thank you to La Trobe University for hosting the event.

Spaces are limited so please book early by calling 1300 737 757 or email cera-community@unimelb.edu.au