In addition work continues with our research collaborations with Durham University and the NHS as part of NESCI
Professor Michael Whitaker FMedSci, Co-Director of NESCI
, which is a collaboration between Durham and Newcastle Universities, Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust and other partners, said: "Stem cells from bone marrow have been used successfully for many years to treat cancer and immune disease, but this is the first successful stem cell therapy using stem cells from the eye without animal products to treat disease, an important step towards the clinic.
Prof Chris Hutchison, co-director of NESCI
at Durham, said: "These facilities position Durham at the forefront of research in adult stem cells, but most importantly will ensure we can take our work to the clinic and to the market within a much shorter timescale than was possible before.
Newcastle University and the Centre for Life, in Newcastle are also members of NESCI
Scientists at NESCI
believe more eggs will help them to develop stem cell therapies for illnesses such as diabetes and Parkinson's disease.
About The NorthEast Spinal Cord Initiative (NESCI
): The ultimate goal of NESCI
is to establish a spinal cord injury center that is state of the art, with leading edge programs specific to the ages of the patients, that includes family immersion into care of their loved one, opportunities for research participation, and extension into the community with lifetime programs for spinal cord injured people.
He was joined by Margaret Fay, chairman of the regional development agency, One North East, which is also a NESCI
Martin Cox, manager of NESCI
, said: "We receive tremendous support from the people of the North East.
Over the past few years scientists at NESCI
have made remarkable breakthroughs, including becoming the first to clone a human embryo.
team is the first in the UK to be offered permission to operate egg sharing for research purposes by the regulatory body the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
scientists ( the first in the world to clone a human embryo ( have the only centre in the country where people are working across all areas of research ( involving embryonic, adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells.
team is the first in the UK to be offered permission to operate egg sharing ( where some eggs are implanted into the womb and spares used for research.