Other Resources Research Resources, Facilities and Equipment The Stem Cell Institute has invested in a platform of core facilities providing its members with access to the requisite equipment including the latest technologies and specialist expertise. These cutting-edge facilities enhance research and training and enable investigators to perform pilot studies at the forefront of current research. Cambridge Biomedical Centre (BRC) hIPSCs core facility The Cambridge Biomedical Centre (BRC) hIPSCs core facility was created in 2009 to promote the clinical applications of human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hIPSCs) and to answer the increasing need for deriving new lines for disease modelling in vitro. During the past two years, this platform, unique in Europe, has derived and characterised more the 400 hIPSC lines from 70 patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular syndromes, metabolic and blood disorders. These projects have been directed by clinicians associated with diverse departments of University of Cambridge, including Neurosciences, Metabolic Science, Cardiovascular Medicine, Haematology, Surgery and Hepatology/Thoracic Medicine. The main objective of this platform is the production of hIPSC lines on demand for the development of in vitro models of disease, compatible with drug development and basic mechanistic studies. In addition, a growing activity of the BRC hIPSCs core facility will be in training clinicians and basic scientists to derive, grow and differentiate hIPSC lines. Located in the Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine (LRM), the BRC hIPSC core facility benefits from state of the art environment for stem cell research and also from the broad expertise of research groups on the Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus.
Administration and Support Services The SCI administrative and support staff run the day to day operations of the Institute. They support the scientists in activities including IT, HR, finance/ grants, building and equipment maintenance, PhD programme, cleaning, glass washing and organizing conferences and public engagement. The team is led by the Institute Administrator, Lynn Kennedy. General Administration Institute Administrator: Lynn Kennedy Principal Assistant: Mark Hammond SCI Coordinator: Jenny Nelder Senior Clerical Assistant: Jo Jack Principal Sec./Austin Smithâ€™s PA: Genevieve Blais Administrative Assistant (HR): Edita Paralova Receptionist: Klara Cichovska Finance Team Senior Grants/Accounts Clerk: Louise Carter Accounts Clerk: Thomas Jeffrey Accounts Clerk: Laura Spong IT Facility Computer Officer: Paul Sumption Computing Technician: Paul Barrow Building Maintenance Team Snr. Chief Building Services Tech.: Alistair Finlayson Chief Building Services Technician: Paul Vaes Custodian: Jim Bagstaff Assistant: Andrew Ayling Cleaner: Roy Pelegrin Cleaner: Amjadali Khan Glasswash and media Technicians 39