We've updated our Privacy Policy to make it clearer how we use your personal data. We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. You can read our Cookie Policy here.


How Organoids Help Us Understand Ourselves and Treat Diseases

What are organoids? Where do they come from? And how can organoids be used to help us understand and treat human diseases?

Richard Westcott, BBC Science Correspondent, discusses these and other questions with an interdisciplinary panel from across the University.

Dr Emma Rawlins, from the Gurdon Institute, is building organoid lungs to work out how all the different cells grow and interact. This work allows her lab to model disease – work that could one day enable us to repair damaged lungs.

Mr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy is a transplant surgeon and research scientist. He is looking at using organoids to grow and replace damaged cells, so one day, we won’t need to replace entire organs. This work could make treatment much quicker and safer in future. 

Professor Nick Hopwood studies the history of science and medicine. He will put this cutting-edge research into historical context, providing insights into the medical history behind organoids, and mapping out the different steps that have brought us to where we are today.