Stem cells are the 'building blocks' for every type of cell in the body, capable of maturing into any tissue type. They have tremendous potential to improve human health, potentially leading to treatments for diabetes, cancers, heart and blood diseases, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.
We depend on stem cells to renew and repair our tissues and organs. Our research programmes explore how stem cells build and maintain the body and how they may be used to create new medical treatments.
Professor Austin Smith, Director of the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute