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The Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CCTRM) facilitates collaborative research in the area of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, through local, national and international collaborative research networks.
Fluorescently stained liver progenitor cells isolated from a patient with cirrhotic alcoholic liver disease, and grown in culture. Red; GCTM-5, Green; PCK, Blue; nuclei. Image courtesy of Anne Kramer (PhD Student, Liver Development and Carcinogenesis Lab, Prof. George Yeoh).

Stem cell therapy and tissue engineering is the next frontier in therapeutic and regenerative medicine. Recent years have borne witness to some exciting developments in bioengineering, 3D printing of scaffolds, and cellular reprogramming technology. However, taking research outcomes and translating them into patient benefits is a significant challenge, and the importance of such translational research cannot be understated.

We are fortunate to have a wealth of expertise across Australia, and within WA in the area of regenerative medicine. In 2012, the Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CCTRM) was established at UWA and directed by the late Prof. Geoffrey Laurent, a renowned world leader  in respiratory health and research. In 2013, CCTRM relocated into a new state-of-the-art research facility, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. After a successful five years in which Prof. Laurent saw through the development of key research networks, Prof. Laurent stepped down as director in May 2017, and was succeeded by Prof. George Yeoh, an international expert in liver stem cells, regeneration and liver cancer. Prof. Laurent continued to remain engaged in CCTRM through his research on lung regeneration and leadership in the UHU international network, until his sudden passing on 12th August 2018, aged 70. He leaves behind a great many legacies. 

CCTRM is a multidisciplinary research centre uniting scientists and clinicians through a collaborative network, and draws leaders from all across WA's universities, key research institute and hospitals. CCTRM also cultivates national and international collaborations through its strategic partnership with the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research (ASSCR), and the tri-institutional research partnership between UWA, Helmholtz-Zentrum (Munich) and the University College London.

A unified and collaborative approach will lead to new research developments, and the advancement of novel therapies towards clinical trials which together will, in time, to improved patient care. CCTRM aims to foster translational research in the area of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, in order to develop new clinically relevant treatments with the ultimate goal to improve health outcomes for patients.

Our Vision

New ideas leading to new therapies.

Our Aims

To foster translational research in the area of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, and to develop novel therapies to achieve improved health outcomes for patients.

Our Goals

  • Create a network of researchers with synergistic interests
  • Attract new research leaders to WA
  • Attract research funding and investment
  • Develop collaborative research PhD training programmes
  • Develop industry partnerships to expand translational research programmes and improve patient care

Participants of the 2014 CCTRM Research Symposium, held at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

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