Right Turn: Vacationing on Mars

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/18/17

Hi Loyal Readers, Happy summer! Thanks for your visits all year. I’m on vacation this week, but I thought I’d leave you with something anyway. Next week, I’ll provide some more details about the upcoming blog carnival taking place August 29th. I hope you’ll drop by to read all the interesting blogs and different points…Read more

Right Turn: Small device packs big potential

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/11/17

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The expression is used widely in a variety of contexts, one of which is as a warning to avoid being taken in by a scam or taken advantage of. Unfortunately, it applies to the stem cell field too. I am tempted to state that…Read more

BRM2017: State of the regenerative medicine industry

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/09/17

Although new to the field of science communication, Nathan Holwell has been involved in a variety of research during his undergraduate career and now in his graduate career. He has done research in drug delivery, gene delivery, biomaterials and diagnostic devices. His graduate research at Queen’s University, where he is pursuing a PhD in Chemical…Read more

Right Turn: The why and how of communicating science to media

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/04/17

Engaging with the media is not for the faint of heart, but speaking on behalf of the entire world, we need you to step up scientists! Your research is important and valuable, and you may (I chose that word deliberately) be the best person to communicate it. So, while the prospect of doing a media…Read more

Improving our understanding of how aging happens

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/03/17

Dr. William Stanford, The Ottawa Hospital, is working with colleagues to help patients with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). They have shown that cells from individuals with HGPS – also called progeria – can be genetically reprogrammed, turning them into stem cells that don’t show any signs of aging. According to the news release issued by…Read more

Right Turn: Science is art and art inspires science

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/28/17

“Anyone who views something under a microscope or through a telescope will tell you that science is art, and that art is the perfect way to convey science.” (Amanda Kwieraga) If you wander through the office where I work, you will come to the same conclusion. The submissions we have received from several years of…Read more

The stem cell community’s blog carnival is back!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/27/17

Last August, Signals hosted its first blog carnival and it was so much fun, we’re doing it again. Missed it? No idea what a blog carnival involves? The way I explained it last year is like this: A blog carnival is essentially an online blogging “party” with many guests who all blog on the same…Read more

Right Turn: Are your kids bored yet? Turn to these summer science distractions

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/21/17

After 10 months of preparing lunches, doing homework, attending dance, hockey, piano lessons (or feel free to insert whatever else fits), the unstructured, lazy, hazy days of summer are a welcome relief. Until they aren’t anymore. If your little person or tween is in serious need of some distraction, here are some educational recommendations of…Read more

Congratulations, you graduated this year! So, what happens next?

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 07/20/17

Passing by university campuses in the month of June, what you will notice is joyful, well dressed students, accompanied by family members, attending their graduation ceremonies. It is indeed a great feeling to have accomplished a university degree after a lot of dedication and hard work. I personally prefer the name commencement instead of graduation…Read more

Right Turn: Clinical trials – one solution to unapproved stem cell treatments

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/14/17

I’ve been thinking about unapproved stem cell treatments a lot recently. First, I read this article that hailed the arrival of stem cell treatments in a small community in western Canada. There were many statements in the article that concerned me, but I only addressed a few major ones in my letter to the editor….Read more