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Department of Pathology


Stem cells retain the ability to renew themselves through cell division and are able to differentiate into a wide range of specialised cell types in response to cellular signals. Stem cells offer the opportunity to find cures to a large variety of human diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases and heart disease. Understanding the mechanisms by which stem cells differentiate into defined cell types is important in understanding normal tissue regulation, and in finding new ways to treat diseases (such as Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease) for which at present there is no cure.