Human umbilical cord-derived haemangioblasts: discovery of a robust stem cell population for skin wound healing in children
Chief Investigator: Dr Mohammadhossein Hassanshahi [Early Career Researcher]
Funding Amount: $39,800
Recipient: The University of Adelaide
Paediatric patients generally have much more vulnerable skin, and are more likely to have acute trauma wounds, compared to adults. A an effective treatment, stem cell therapy has shown to be a very promising approach. Our group has recently discovered a unique population of stem cells in tissues of mice, called haemangioblasts, which possesses robust tissue vascularisation capacity in vivo. Interestingly, we have now discovered that human umbilical cord is a reservoir of these haemangioblasts, making them a promising stem cell type for banking or for autologous and allogenic stem cell transplantation, particularly for wound healing in children.