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University of Suffolk to Collaborate with the Stem Cell Bank

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The University of Suffolk has launched a partnership with the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) to provide students with real-world industry experience.

The department for science and technology at the university began the collaboration, with the goal to provide students with courses that are informed by industry standards.

The collaborative approach will also result in a boost for research into regenerate medicine and stem cell use at the university.

Commenting on the tie-up, Dr Frederica Masieri, a senior lecturer and course leader for MSc Regenerative Medicine, said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with what is considered one of the most reputable bodies in the field of stem cell industry.

"It is recognised that employers in the regenerative medicine industry require graduates and postgraduates equipped with the most up to date skills, to ensure a seamless assimilation in the constantly evolving stem cell-related work environment."

It's hoped the collaboration with industry specialists will provide students with training that's in line with the requirements of such employers.

In order to launch the project, final year students visited the stem cell bank in London to help them understand the logistics and complexity of work being undertaken there.

The university aims to make the trip an annual event for final year students.

Professor Glyn Stacey, director of UKSCB, said of the scheme: "The UKSCB is committed to advancing scientific research; we welcome the opportunity to educate, train and inspire the next generation of scientists."