Right Turn: Has cancer immunotherapy arrived?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/29/16

It was Science magazine’s 2013 breakthrough of the year and called a “turning point in cancer.” It even scored its own awareness month that year. Cancer immunotherapy – therapies that harness the power of a patient’s immune system to fight their disease – had officially arrived. Fast-forward three years and now companies are tripping over…Read more

Right Turn: An art science exhibit on Drs. Till & McCulloch

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/22/16

You would be hard-pressed to find a Canadian stem cell scientist who doesn’t know that Drs. Jim Till and Ernest McCulloch advanced medical research across the globe with their discovery, in 1961, of blood stem cells at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, today the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Recently, a group of artists, doctors, scientists and…Read more

ISSCR final day – Not just one hit… finding combinations in cancer

Author: David Kent, 07/18/16

During the morning plenary session on the final day of ISSCR, we were treated to a delightful mix of basic and translational science as well as a riveting public policy lecture from Alta Charo. The session was all about disease modeling and stem cells and the highlight talk for me was from Guy Sauvageau, who…Read more

Right Turn: Rock star in a Petri dish

Author: Alanna Evans, 07/15/16

You could say Guy Ben-Ary is a rock-n-roll Renaissance man. In his 9-to-5 life, he’s manager of CellCentral, Australia’s first integrated histology and biological imaging lab. And in the hours that remain, he’s an artist drawing inspiration from his day job. Most recently, his scientific and creative pursuits were put to the test when he…Read more

The stem cell community is having a (virtual) party and you’re invited!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/14/16

It’s summer and if you’re like me, you’re already dipping into the ice cream a little too often. My kids love cotton candy and snow cones, the kind you get at fairs and festivals. Yes, it’s that season too. And who doesn’t love a good carnival? On that note, I’m very excited to announce a…Read more

Right Turn: Animals, ethics and Orwell

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/08/16

Much has been said on the topic of using animals for medical/scientific research. There are excellent and compelling arguments for and against the issue and my plan is to avoid taking a stand here. (You may be tempted to call me chicken, but that would be a really bad pun!) As polarizing as this topic…Read more

Immunotoxins: a surprisingly less toxic approach to stem cell transplants

Author: Holly Wobma, 07/06/16

It is often the case that to produce something ‘shiny,’ new and better, we must first get rid of the old. This is true even in the case of stem cell therapies. Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplants have been around since the mid-twentieth century and are used to treat a broad range of diseases such…Read more

Right Turn: Making a fashion statement with stem cells

Author: Alanna Evans, 07/01/16

Straight from the laboratory to the runway, it looks like stem cells have gone haute couture. Fashion designer Dominic Pangborn has teamed up with a group of researchers from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan to create a stunning set of scarves and ties featuring striking human stem cell…Read more

Update from the Clinic: May

Author: Mark Curtis, 06/30/16

Welcome to your update from the clinic for the month of May. Long-standing industry pioneer StemCells, Inc. decided to wind down its operations after a failed Phase 2 study in spinal cord injury. Aduro Biotech also saw a failure with its GVAX product in pancreatic cancer. Kite continues to deliver on its regulatory strategy, announcing…Read more