Talking Stem Cells in Secondary Schools


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SSCN have been "Talking Stem Cells" in Scottish Secondary Schools. This presentation gives some insight into the workshops. For more info contact

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  • Meet the Scientist Workshops - new materials developed to encourage a broad view of careers in science and a better understanding of the regenerative medicines Industry. Careers in Science – Bespoke materials and workshops with key Industry speakers ranging from Modern Apprentices to Senior Managers. World Of Work Day – In conjunction with Skills Development Scotland to bring industry and schools together to highlight opportunities and allow personal careers planning and exciting science experiences.
  • Lets get some aims up on the flip chart
  • Stress that here the body is the bio processor, ie. The cells multiply in the body
  • Message here – we need to be able to scale up
  • Message here – not an embryo
  • Talking Stem Cells in Secondary Schools

    1. 1. Talking Stem CellsDr Marilyn Robertson: Director of Operations SSCN Margaret Ann Pearson: Project Manager SSCN Henriette Laidlaw: Education Consultant SSCN
    2. 2. Why talk Stem Cells?• New Biology Curriculum for Higher Biology and Human Biology• A growing industry in Scotland and Midlothian• Opportunity to get the scientist in dialogue• Opportunity for cross curricular activities
    3. 3. Our mission is to create a connected communityfocused on the development of a world-leading and sustainable Regenerative Medicine industry in Scotland. Not-for-profit, limited by guarantee, company with 6 staff. Funded by Scottish Enterprise, European Regional Development Fund, Technology Strategy board and sponsorship. 1140 members. Linked with European Networks and founding member of International Network. Promotes Scottish stem cell science internationally. Successful schools and public education programmes since 2003.
    4. 4. SSCN & Young peopletem cell and regenerativemedicine workshops andmodules linked tocurriculum for excellence.cience careers informationpackagestudent support.
    5. 5. Schools Programme Meet the Scientist Workshops Careers in Science World Of Work Day
    6. 6. Careers Planning • Resource for schools and colleges featuring examples of successful people in Science and their education and training pathway. • Careers workshops – featuring local businesses and varied expert speakers. • Working with Skills Development Scotland to Network materials to all careers advisors in Scotland. • Liaising with Industry to create new opportunities for internships and work experience placements with regenerative medicine organisations for Midlothian and Edinburgh pupils and college students.
    7. 7. Aim of todayCross Curricular Activity – Biology/RMPS
    8. 8. What do we know?• RMPS teachers • Biology teachers – What are stem cells? – What ethical issues – How do we use stem are associated with cells stem cells relating to • Obtaining cells – What diseases can • Treatments using stem we/do we hope to treat cells using stem cells
    9. 9. Lets talk Stem Cells
    10. 10. recap of cellsCells are the building blocks of the human body.Our bodies are made up of 75-100 trillion cells. A liver is made up of liver cells,blood is made of blood cells, etc. S o what is a stem cell?
    11. 11. What is a stem cell? replicate itself, or.... A single cell that can Differentiate into specialised cell typesImage prepared by Catherine Twomey for the National Academies, Understanding Stem Cells: An Overview of the Science and Issues from the National Academies, Academic non-commercial use is permitted.
    12. 12. So, where can we find stem cells?Embryos : Embyronic stem cells (ES cells) • taken from embryos 5 days after fertilisation when the embryo is a ball of 50-100 cells. • These are the most useful type of stem cells as they can develop into any kind of cell required (pluripotent). • Embryonic stem cells are usually taken from embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
    13. 13. Where else?Cells and Tissues : Adult stem cells • taken from a specific tissue eg brain, heart, blood or muscle • can only develop into that cell type (multipotent). • These cells are naturally used by the body to replace damaged or diseased calls.
    14. 14. They are! tem lt s to du ow e a a rr us m dy ne ea bo alr m e fro emiaW ls ce tl Leuk tre a
    15. 15. F o r mo s t o the r d is e a s e s w e w ill n e e d t o g r o w la r g e This happens naturallyu a n t i t i e s o f s t e m q in the body c e lls in t h e la b In the lab, we do not know how to make this happen ……and make them develop into a particular cell type.This needs to be controlled because at the moment they turn into whatever they like.
    16. 16. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS) Cells) 1 2 3 4 Take skin cells Introduce stem Isolate cells Grow and from patient cell genes and/ expressing differentiate or treat with stem cell •Neurons nerve small markers cells •Skin, muscle, molecules bone •Blood, immune cellsThese cells are called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells or iPSCs)and are derived from the potential patient’s own cells.
    17. 17. Find out more elp? m cell h ste Can How can stem cells be used? Wh eava n will ilab a le? treatm e nt b e
    18. 18. Material• Student workbooks• Teachers Kit• Stem cell stories• Find out more• The dilemma