STEM CELLS: A Stem Cell Story

Stem cells are very special, unspecialised cells that can become, and replace, any type of cell in our body. We need stem cells to replenish the millions of blood, skin and other types of cells that die every day.

Medically, surgeons use layers of skin derived from stem cells to treat extensively burned tissue, while stem cells can be differentiated into heart, brain and other tissue types for potential new therapies. In the lab, stem cells are also used to test new drugs and give insights into complex conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons’s and diabetes.

This beautifully produced short film by EuroStemCell gives an introduction into the life of stem cells inside and outside our body.

Irish Scientific Achievements

Ireland: you may have read works by some of our writers. Perhaps you’ve seen some of our dancers perform. Maybe you’ve grown up listening to some of our bands. But do you know our scientists?

This short film on Irish scientific achievements was produced by Dervalomedia on behalf of the Irish staff of the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy. It was first shown at the JRC open day on May 4th, 2013 which was attended by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The film is based on “The Little Book of Irish Science” produced by Science Foundation Ireland. Images contained in the book were produced by Duffy Design in Dublin. Music is by Ronan Hardiman.

The NUI Galway led REDDSTAR project features from 4.10 in the video. The REDDSTAR project aims to use adult stem cell to treat diabetes and its associated complications and more details can be found here:  http://www.reddstar.eu/