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2018 Stem cells community information forum

On 16 August 2018, CERA held our Stem Cells Community Information Forum hosted by Dr Damián Hernández, Research Fellow, Neuroregeneration Research.

Presented by Dr Grace Lidgerwood (Postdoctoral Researcher, CERA), Ms Sandra Staffieri (PhD Candidate, CERA; Clinical & Research Orthoptist), and Associate Professor Megan Munsie (University of Melbourne, Stem Cells Australia).

Guests heard the latest updates on how researchers are using stem cells to better understand eye diseases from Dr Lidgerwood, the potential of stem cell science for children with eye cancer (retinoblastoma) from Ms Staffieri, and the importance of exercising foresight when it comes to claims of vision restoration with cell therapy from Associate Professor Munsie.

Below is some of the feedback given when we asked our audience what they enjoyed the most about the event:

“[The] presenters told it as it is, but gave you confidence.”

Each speaker had interesting points. Grace’s explanation of pluripotent stem cells and then the creation of the “artificial” ones from
an adult helped my understanding”


Topics covered were:

Check out the audio recording of the event by clicking on the orange button below.

Megan, Sandra and Grace Q&A panel

Presenter panel answer Q&As with audience


Megan, Sandra and Grace Panel

The panel discussion




Dr Grace Stem Cells and Eye Disease

Dr Grace Lidgerwood presents her research on using stem cells to understand blinding eye disease

Video of the event: