Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine


2017 Australian of the Year Professor Mackay-Sim will explore the possibilities of how stems cells could be used to improve health outcomes.

Start Date

17th Oct 2017 6:00pm

End Date

17th Oct 2017 7:30pm


Medical Science Precinct, Corner of Liverpool and Campbell Streets

RSVP / Contact Information

RSVP by Monday, 16 October, to or 6226 4239

presented by

Alan Mackay-Sims

Professor Alan Mackay-Sims

2017 Australian of the Year

Stem cells have the potential to mature into any cell of the body. Stem cells can assist our internal repair system by dividing, mostly without limit, to replenish other cells. As they divide, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialised function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.

Professor Mackay-Sim will explore the possibilities of how these cells could be used to improve health outcomes.  

About Alan Mackey-Sim

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, 2017 is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Professor Mackay-Sim established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.

In partnership with the University of Tasmania, Chatter Matters Tasmania and 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Rosie Martin, Professor Mackay-Sim will also be conducting a workshop on inspirational interaction with school students who may consider careers in STEM on 18 October.

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