Record participation at the European Action Day on Stem Cell Research in North Rhine-Westphalia!
Eleven research institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia opened their doors on March 15th as part of the ‘UniStem Day’ and welcomed more than 550 secondary school pupils – more participation than ever before. The activities took place in eight different cities (Aachen, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen, Münster, Rheinbach, and Witten).
The Europe-wide action day ‘UniStem Day’ took place for the eleventh time this year. Various events aim to arouse students' interest in stem cell research, to deepen their knowledge of the subject and to provide insights into research. In 15 countries 99 institutes opened their doors. One tenth of the offers took place in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)!
Scientists from the Stem Cell Network North Rhine-Westphalia welcomed pupils at eleven different research institutions. In the lab, they got to know different stem cell types, analyzed luminous proteins in induced pluripotent stem cells, observed so-called mini-organs at the microscope and saw the different steps to reprogram stem cells. "I didn’t expect that one could convert blood cells can be converted into functional nerve cells", marveled Lea (16) in Bonn.
In addition to biology, a further aspect during this day was the ethics of stem cell research. The students discussed, e.g. the social consequences of artificial human germ cells or the evaluation of untreated stem cell therapies.
The following research institutions contributed to the UniStem Day: