Retinal Stem Cell Research project awarded a CRACK IT Challenge grant

The overall aim of the project is to establish a 3D retinal cell model which is physiologically-competent and predictive of human physiology, made up of all the major cell types of the retina.

CRACK IT Challenge

The RSCR (Retinal Stem Cell Research) group have been awarded a CRACK IT Challenge grant to support a new six-month project. The funding comes from the NC3Rs, a UK-based scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs).

CRACK IT Challenges are the NC3Rs response to the changing environment in the biosciences and are designed to maximise both the scientific and commercial benefits of new and emerging technologies.

The thrust of the RSCR project is the generation of 3D laminated retinae consisting of all the major cell types, which are electrophysiologically competent and predictive of human physiology using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC).

A sad farewell to Carla Mellough

The RSCR group bids a sad farewell to Dr. Carla Mellough and offers congratulations on being awarded a research fellowship at the Lions Eye Institute in Western Australia from 1st January 2017. We wish her all the best.

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