Stem Cell Team Win Award; Scientists Get Pounds 300,000 Funding to Research Debilitating Diseases
Byline: LAURA DAVIS
SCIENTISTS in Liverpool have been awarded pounds 300,000 to help develop stem cell therapies to treat debilitating conditions like Parkinson's andAlzheimer's diseases.
The research,carried out by a team at Liverpool University, is part of a national project that uses cells taken from embryos.
It aims to eventually allow surgeons to replace damaged tissue and cure fatal illnesses.
All organs of the body are developed from stem cells -the tiny parts that can grow into any kind of cell.
They are the starting point for every part of the human body, maturing over time to become specialised cells with individual functions.
The funding will allow scientists to analyse some of the molecular interactions between these cells and understand how reactions between individual cells affects their eventual purpose in the human body.
Dr David Edgar,of Liverpool University's school of biomedical sciences, said:``This knowledge is fundamental not only for our understanding of human development and the treatment of congenital diseases, but also in order to develop therapies involving the transplantation of stem cells to replace damaged or degenerating tissues in the adult.
``The diseases most likely to be open to stem cell-based treatment include such widespread degenerative conditions as diabetes and Parkinson's disease,but the potential of this therapy essentially extends to all organs of the body that suffer from damaged,diseased or degenerating cells. …