Right Turn: Some knowledge sharing about Knowledge Translation – Part 1

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/23/17

I’m delighted that, despite the title, you’ve decided to read this post! For some academics, knowledge translation is not the most exciting aspect of their job, but it is a requirement that must be fulfilled as part of their funding obligations. No offense to those who are professionals in the field and embrace the importance…Read more

What time zone is your heart tissue In?

Author: Holly Wobma, 06/19/17

Our lives our governed by our concept of time. Whether you are relatively spontaneous or a micromanager of your daily schedule, how we coordinate our work and interactions with other people comes down to the 24-hour clock we picture in our minds. Of course, this 24-hour clock is more than just a social construct. It…Read more

Right Turn: Primers on cell therapy regulation

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/16/17

Understanding cell therapy regulation is an essential component of the bench to bedside pipeline. Without approval from a country’s regulator (Health Canada, FDA, EMA, PMDA, etc.), a product cannot be sold to consumers and the millions invested in research and development, manufacturing and clinical trials is media down the drain. Cell therapies present a range…Read more

Location, location, location – stem cells need the right neighbours

Author: David Kent, 06/12/17

Last month two papers created a pretty big wave in the blood stem cell field: Work from Harvard Medical School and Cornell University showed that functional human blood stem cells could be created from reprogrammed cells. While it is most certainly the closest that researchers have come to creating blood stem cells in large numbers…Read more

Right Turn: Colour your way to better health with regenerative medicine

Author: Laine Jaremey, 06/09/17

You may have heard of the adult colouring trend. In recent years, people have been reigniting their childhood passion of using markers, crayons and pencil crayons to “stay within the lines” while bringing colouring books and sheets to life. In response to this trend, a new industry of adult-oriented colouring books has emerged. These images…Read more

The “immunity saboteurs ” – otherwise known as T-cells

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 06/07/17

Did you know that a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle and diet might still end up being diabetic? That is certainly the case with those who have type 1 diabetes (T1D). In T1D, the patient’s body has lost the ability to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that acts like an agent and takes…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell “gun” for wound healing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/02/17

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Where, then, does the gun factor in? I was amazed, last year, when I learned of the “biopen,” a medical device that draws stem cells to repair damaged or worn cartilage and then the cartilage heals itself with its own cells. From what…Read more

A few good women: Engineering grads to watch

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/30/17

Engineers Canada reports on student enrolment and graduations from Canadian universities and colleges. Data from 2015 show that undergraduate enrolment continues to increase year after year, a welcome trend for those of us who hire from these programs. This year’s newly capped and gowned crop of university students have wrapped up exams and are moving…Read more

Right Turn: Eventual relief for those suffering from Crohn’s?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/26/17

Recently, a friend posted on Facebook the news about her teenage son who, a year ago, had been suffering from an undiagnosed condition. Her son’s doctor didn’t treat the symptoms very seriously until the mother insisted something was wrong and implored him to identify the cause. Finally, her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Along…Read more

The roots of regeneration

Author: Samantha Payne, 05/24/17

The study of how organisms evolved and diversified, called phylogeny (phylo = race or kind and gene = origin), may bring up memories of sitting in biology class looking at elaborate tree-shaped diagrams and incomprehensible latin labels. But there is so much more to it. If we take a closer look, it becomes clear that phylogenetics can be…Read more