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University establishes relationship with the UK Stem Cell Bank

26 Apr 2017 10:00AM

The Department of Science and Technology at the University of Suffolk has forged an exciting new collaboration with the world-renowned UK Stem Cell Bank.

This collaboration aims at ensuring that the University’s MSc Regenerative Medicine and BSc (Hons) Bioscience courses are informed by the highest standards in the industry and research areas relating to Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

As part of this collaboration, final year BSc (Hons) Bioscience students recently visited the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB), at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) in South Mimms, London. The visit was aimed at furthering students’ appreciation of the operational complexity associated to high-speciality laboratories in the area of stem cell banking and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).  During the visit, students enjoyed a series of interesting talks presented by leading scientists at the UKSCB.

Dr Federica Masieri, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MSc Regenerative Medicine said “We are delighted to be collaborating with what is considered one of the most reputable bodies in the field of stem cell industry. UK Stem Cell Bank at NIBSC provides a large centre for standardisation of stem cell derivation, banking, characterisation, and is known for developing and providing the most contemporary scientific approaches.”

“It is recognised that employers in the Regenerative Medicine industry require graduates and postgraduates equipped with the most up to date skills, to ensure a seamless assimilation in the constantly evolving stem cell–related work environment. This collaboration will help us ensure our students are trained in line with requirements of such employers, by reviewing and developing courses as informed by the standards applied at UKSCB. We hope that this will become an annual visit for our students”.

"A career in Life Science is a busy, fast-evolving and challenging one. It makes it an exciting area of endeavour, however there is a constant need to keep up with the rapid pace of change. By establishing this relationship we are better placed to do this, at par with well-established universities with many years of history in the industry.”

Prof Glyn Stacey, Director of UKSCB commented “The UKSCB is committed to advancing scientific research; we welcome the opportunity to educate, train and inspire the next generation of scientists.”

“Moreover finalisation of agreements are underway which could see MSc student placements with the UKSCB.”

The development of this collaboration has been in part possible thanks to the support of University’s charitable Foundation Board, which awarded Dr Masieri with a starter grant fund to deliver the ambitions of the academic team to maintain the provision of cutting edge practical activities, re-start significant research in the Regenerative Medicine area and soon disseminate exciting accomplishments within the Suffolk community with a dedicated outreach event.
 

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