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EPSRC Reference: EP/H045848/1
Title: PROBING THE MECHANICAL CONTROL OF STEM CELL FATE THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL, NON-INVASIVE IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES
Principal Investigator: Stephens, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Langbein, Professor WW Hawkins, Professor K Wright, Dr C
Errington, Professor RJ Sloan, Professor AJ Williams, Professor R
Hunter, Dr S Borri, Professor P Paisey, Dr SJ
Tippmann, Dr E
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Department: Dentistry
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 15 September 2010 Ends: 14 March 2014 Value (£): 1,545,307
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Cells
Complex fluids & soft solids Med.Instrument.Device& Equip.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Mar 2010 Novel Technologies for Stem Cell Science Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Whilst in our increasing ageing population stem cell science and technology holds a great deal of promise within the context of tissue repair and regeneration, moving this technology to the clinics has been relatively slow due to a number of distinct 'barriers'. For example, whilst we know a lot about the function and response of stem cells in the laboratory, we know very little about their behaviour in tissues within individuals. A further major barrier has been the inability to accurately track cell lineages and to distinguish them from other cell types within the tissue (i.e. when one cell divides to become two cells are they the same or different? Is this effect the same or different each time the cell divides? Where do they go?). This application will address these issues by bringing together researchers across different scientific disciplines in the physical and life sciences to develop novel technologies for stem cell science. Specifically, we will develop new ways of non-destructively labelling stem cells by manipulating molecules within the cells so we can follow both their position and their eventual fate (i.e. what do these stem cells turn into?). In order to image the cells we will develop new microscopic techniques that allow us to view these cells in a non-invasive, non-harmful way (unlike current approaches) and we will utilise technologies that will eventually enable us to image these cells deep within patient tissues. Being able to follow these stem cells will allow us to examine the mechanical influence of their surrounding tissue environments. Armed with such knowledge we will mechanically manipulate the surrounding environment to direct stem cells into our tissue of choice in order to deliver custom designed tissues on demand (either within the laboratory or eventually within a patient). Overall, our ultimate aim is to develop new tools to allow us to investigate and control stem cell biology in order to realise the true clinical potential of these cells.
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