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Wellcome Trust MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Professor Austin Smith
MRC Professor and Director of Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

The Wellcome Trust MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute brings together the previous MRC Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, uniting 30 internationally leading research teams in a single strategic investment.


Gaining a better understanding of stem cells is essential if we are to realise the promise offered from regenerative medicine, including the possibilities of finding new ways to treat currently intractable diseases, as well as gaining new insights into disease mechanisms and development of new drugs. The mission of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is to explore and define the properties of stem cells in order to establish their true medical potential. Leading research scientists, technology specialists and doctors work side by side to create a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and medicine, in collaboration with bioindustry partners.


The Centre’s overall aims are

(i) To make fundamental discoveries that provide new insights into stem cell function and potency;

(ii) To understand the role of stem and progenitor cells in disease and thereby to improve diagnosis and treatment

(iii) To harness the capacity of endogenous stem and progenitor cells for repair and regeneration;

(iv) To exploit stem cells as tools for studying the molecular pathogenesis of human diseases and discovery of therapeutic agents;


The Institute provides advanced training and mentorship to nurture future generations of stem cell scientists and clinical investigators from around the world in an intellectually invigorating mix of basic and translational research.


Wellcome Trust – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

University of Cambridge

Tennis Court Road



Telephone: +44 (0)1223 760240

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