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CRA is a new collaborative network of nearly 70 prominent Australian scientists whose research interests include reprogramming and iPS cells. The network is known as Cell Reprogramming Australia (CRA). CRA has been operating as an incorporated association for the last 18 months but is now back in the Stem Cell Engineering Group of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

It was recognised that, while there are a number of organizations with a strong stem cell emphasis in Australia, no umbrella organization directly provides a voice for this new and exciting field. This idea was born following the successful collaboration of eight laboratories within the Australian Stem Cell Centre framework before it closed on 30 June 2011. At its last meeting, the importance of continuing collaboration was identified, particularly in light of the large collaborative iPS/reprogramming programs that have already been set up overseas. These have created active collaboration of laboratories that share a common vision in this area, and have subsequently driven innovative science, fostered joint funding applications and provided a framework for enabling clinical and commercial translation of iPS cells.

CRA therefore believes it is important that all scientists with an interest in iPS/reprogramming, i.e. stem cell scientists, clinicians, engineers etc. be part of this network and invites those researchers to become members for membership application forms. Click here for an application form.


Associate Prof Ernst Wolvetang, Group Leader, Stem Cell Engineering, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Committee members

Associate Professor Ernst Wolvetang – Group Leader, Stem Cell Engineering, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Jose Polo - Group Leader, Department of Anatomy and Development Biology, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University

Associate Professor Sharon Ricardo – Associate Dean and Group Leader, Monash University

Associate Professor Megan Munsie – Policy and Outreach Manager, Stem Cells Australia

Dr Andrew Laslett - Research Group Leader, Stem Cells, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering

Dr Carmel O'Brien - Research Scientist and Team Leader, CSIRO


To provide a collaborative framework for researchers who use cell reprogramming technologies to understand cell fate decision processes, and innovate stem cell based regenerative medicine approaches aimed at improving health and economic growth in Australia.


  • Set up an umbrella network of scientists in Australia who share an interest in iPS cells and cell reprogramming under the name Cell Reprogramming Australia (CRA);
  • Provide a forum for this rapidly growing and promising field of research;
  • Exploit many great benefits that can be gained from uniting the iPS stem cell and reprogramming community throughout Australia;
  • Provide a portal to inform the public of iPS and cell reprogramming developments nationally and internationally;
  • Help train young scientists in iPS reprogramming technology; and
  • Seek to promote the increased use of reprogramming technology to improve health outcomes for all Australians.

CRA will provide

  • A data-base of Australian iPS Cell researchers including stem cell researchers, clinicians and material scientists;
  • A collaborative network that provides a platform for sharing resources, reagents, cell lines and information related to cell reprogramming and iPS cells;
  • A united voice to lobby government and industry for financial and material support for reprogramming and iPS cell research;
  • A website which will have direct links with all major Australian institutes and centres working in the field of iPS Cells and reprogramming, job ads, press releases, latest developments in the field, funding opportunities and an interface with the public;
  • Identify and facilitate potential for short term exchange of people to learn particular techniques;
  • A two yearly conference on iPS cells: a) a satellite meeting as part of the ASSCR/AHMRC meeting in November each year; and b) a yearly conference directly following the yearly iPS cell workshop in May;
  • Funds permitting in the future, we further envisage supporting young scientists with travel, conference visits and lab stays.

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