Taking appropriate steps towards gene editing in Canada

Author: Guest, 09/29/16

Patrick Bedford is the new Manager of Clinical Translation and Regulatory Affairs at CCRM.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Bioethics and Health Law, and has over 10 years of experience applying federal regulations to emerging biotechnologies in Canada.   Back in August, I had the pleasure of attending a gene editing/CRISPR workshop, hosted by…Read more

Right Turn: Dance your Ph.D. – give it a whirl!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/23/16

The “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest is a brilliant example of out of the box thinking, but it’s not the first case of science being interpreted through dance. Science journalist John Bohannon, the man behind “Dance Your Ph.D” – “an inebriated stunt at a Vienna science party” – says he did some research and found the first…Read more

A new style of MSC immunotherapy – Instructions included

Author: Holly Wobma, 09/22/16

If you have been following stem cell news lately, you know that there have been several recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meetings regarding how to classify stem cells, which ultimately affects if and how they will be regulated. There are many medical practitioners, scientists, and patients who would like to see these therapies on…Read more

Right Turn: Hope for patients suffering from sepsis

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/16/16

September is Sepsis Awareness Month and World Sepsis Day was acknowledged earlier this week – on Tuesday, September 13. That’s why there’s a good possibility that you have seen the video below, about a heartbroken mother who lost her young son to sepsis. (It has already been viewed millions of times.) Her grief is real…Read more

The story of the first bone marrow transplant

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 09/15/16

It was a failed transplant that saved his life. In 1958, Radojko Maksic became the first person to receive a bone marrow graft from a stranger, after he was accidentally exposed to a lethal dose of radiation in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia. He still lives in Belgrade, almost 60 years after the procedure….Read more

Right Turn: There’s magic in The Magic School Bus

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/09/16

There is a glut of bad television out there, but when it comes to educational programs for young children, there are some gems. My kids are past this stage, but I can tell you that it was more enjoyable to sit with them watching TV when they were young then now, with the over-acted, heavy…Read more

Biomaterials and the “ouch” factor in Olympics and sports

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 09/07/16

Other than multiple heat waves, this summer has been all about sports and the excitement of different tournaments. The Europe 2016 soccer league, the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and last but not least on my list is my sons’ soccer endeavors. I am a fan of soccer and as the mother of two young soccer…Read more

Right Turn: Scientists on vacation

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/02/16

As you may know, I’m not a scientist but I do occasionally go on vacation. While I do hope you miss my musings this week, I’ve left you with a little something that might make you smile. And in the event you were on vacation last week and missed Signals’ very successful blog carnival to…Read more

Special op/ed: Canada can lead the world in regenerative medicine — but it won’t happen without strategic investment

Author: Michael May, 08/30/16

Michael May is President and CEO of CCRM, a leader in developing and commercializing regenerative medicine, cell and gene therapy technologies, Michael Rudnicki is Scientific Director and CEO of Stem Cell Network, with a mandate to translate stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products and public policy, and Peter Zandstra is a professor in…Read more

Each vessel is special: Engineering kidney-specific microvasculature

Author: Holly Wobma, 08/29/16

As humans, it is natural to categorize our environment. Usually, these groups include perceptible differences. -The red shirt vs. the blue shirt (not the near infrared vs. far infrared shirt) -The quiet (to our ears) sound vs. the loud sound -etc. Since we don’t readily see or feel microscopic differences in our body, for most…Read more