Advancing science and implementing novel, cutting edge Technologies

StemBANCC aims to provide well characterised patient derived induced pluripotent stem cell lines and associated biomaterials in an accessible and sustainable bio-bank. StemBANCC also aims to demonstrate proof of concept for the utility of induced pluripotent stem cells in drug discovery for hard-to-treat disorders.

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Project leader

 
Ari Koivisto
Principal Research Scientist, In Vitro Biology, Turku
PhD
Phone +358 50 966 7731
Fax +358 10 426 7403
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Project staff

 
Hugh Chapman
Research Scientist, In Vitro Biology, Turku
MSc
Phone +358 10 426 7455
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Satu Juhila
Research Scient, In Vitro Biology, Espoo
PhD
Phone +358 50 966 5751
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Tuula Lähteenmäki
Research Scientist, In Vitro Biology, Espoo.
PhD
Phone +358 10 426 4574
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Marja Rantanen
Research Scientist, In Vitro Biology, Turku
MSc
Phone +358 10 426 7106
Fax +358 10 426 7403
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Kati Räsänen
Senior Scientist, In Vitro Biology,
PhD
Phone +358 50 966 7736
Fax +358 10 426 7403
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Henna Kettunen
Senior Scientist, In Vitro Biology,
M.Sc.
Phone +358 50 966 7358
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Institute presentation

Orion is a globally operating Finnish company developing pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tests – a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients and diagnostic tests. The company is continuously developing new drugs and treatment methods. Pharmaceutical R&D focuses on central nervous system drugs, oncology and critical care drugs, and Easyhaler® pulmonary drugs.

Orion’s net sales in 2011 amounted to EUR 918 million and the company had about 3,400 employees. Orion’s A and B shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

European Patients' Forum

The European Patient's Forum (EPF) is an umbrella organisation representing over 50 different patient's organisations across 27 European member states. The EPF provides a voice for patients and patient organisations at the level of EU policy making and also acts to support national and international patient organisations. The EPF website includes a library of previous EPF work and publications and an online form to get in touch with the Forum team.

 

The Association of Medical Research Charities

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is an organisation representing many of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK. As well as providing resources and support for its members the AMRC website also has information and discussion on topics such as patient participation in research and ways of sharing and protecting personal information in health research.
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HealthTalkOnline

HealthTalkOnline is a website run by the charity DIPEx which provides video and audio clips of real patients discussing the day-today experience of living with illness and disease. The website covers a wide range of conditions including most of those being investigated by the STEMBANCC project and also provides additional information on treatment choices and support. HealthTalkOnline has a dedicated section on the experience of donating blood and tissue samples to medical research (known as biobanking).
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NHS Choices

The UK's largest health information website, NHS Choices has a comprehensive A-Z of conditions, with information, advice and the latest research news on each area. There is a also a dedicated section with information for carers and a 'behind the scenes' guide to popular media stories about health and science topics, including genetics and stem cells.
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Condition-specific online resources

Alzheimer's Disease

There are over 30 million people with dementia worldwide and will double by 2030. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.
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Parkinson's Disease

One in every 500 people has Parkinson's. Brain nerve cells are slowly lost and the level of the chemical dopamine falls leading to slowing of movements.

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Autism

Autism is a developmental problem affecting how a person communicates and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

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Schizophrenia

A person who has this condition will often find it hard to tell what is real and what is not, to think logically and rationally, and function in society.

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Bipolar Disorder

It takes on average 10 years to get a correct diagnosis of Bipolar and it can have devastating effects on every aspect of life.

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Migraine

Migraine affects 1 in 5 women worldwide and is ranked by the World Health Organization as a leading cause of disability.

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Neuropathy

Neuropathy and neuropathic pain encompasses very many different diseases but collectively is the commonest inherited neurological disorder. It remains a challenging problem to treat

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Diabetes

We are currently facing a diabetes epidemic. More than 350 million people in the world now have diabetes.

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EuroStemCell

The EuroStemCell website provides a range of multimedia resources and information about stem cell research and regenerative medicine, including fact sheets explaining key aspects of stem cell research, commentaries and videos from scientists, ethicists, patients and policy makers involved with stem cell research and a variety of educational resources to aid further learning for all ages.
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EuroStemCell have recently added a new video on induced pluripotent stem cells explaining how they were discovered and why they are important to the future of stem cell research. The video can be viewed here.

 

International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)

The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, non-profit organization that works to promote discussion and sharing of ideas about stem cell research. They provide a range of resources for public and patients including a downloadable brochure on "Stem cell facts".
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National Institutes of Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an online resource on stem cell research that offers information on the biological properties of stem cells, the important questions about stem cells that are the focus of scientific research, and the potential use of stem cells in research and in treating disease.
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StemBook

Produced by the Harvard Stem Cell Initiative (HSCI) the StemBook website provides free, open access chapters on scientific aspects of stem cell research which have been written and peer-reviewed by scientists working in the stem cell field. Most of the information is intended for the stem cell research community, but it may also be useful to the interested non-specialist with a good grounding in scientific knowledge.
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The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation that funds and supports a wide range of biomedical research both in the UK and at a global level. The Trust also produces a range of educational tools and resources. The Wellcome Trust 'Big Picture' online magazine special issue on 'The cell' contains a useful overview of human cell biology and an introduction to stem cells. Copies of 'The Cell' are free to download from here.

 

YourGenome.org

The YourGenome site, produced by the Sanger Centre in Cambridge (UK), is a good source of good source of information on genes, genomes and how they influence health and disease aimed at the non-specialist. The site also includes discussion of the social and ethical aspects of genetic research in humans.
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