Right Turn: Moving from STEM to STEAM

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/12/16

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? If you’re the former, and you think more is better, being inclusive and diverse benefits humanity, and that children are our future, then this should be in your sweet spot (meaning “an optimum point or combination of factors or quality” as opposed to…Read more

Regenerating a broken heart

Author: Guest, 02/11/16

Samantha is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department at the University of Toronto. She has previously investigated regeneration in a non-mammalian gecko model during an MSc program, and now currently combines stem cell biology and biomaterials to encapsulate and deliver therapeutic cells to the stroke-injured brain. Samantha became interested in…Read more

The enabling technology of polymer design

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 02/10/16

Another in the series: “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” “What makes Canada cool?” asks Dan Taekema of The Toronto Star, and among the handful of influential figures that he writes about is the “rock star” researcher, Professor Molly Shoichet. I was ecstatic to read this post right around the time I was…Read more

Right Turn: An estimated 22,465 people died from cancer yesterday

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/05/16

According to the World Health Organization, there were 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 so by my calculations, that’s over 22,000 each day. Cancer has been on my mind a lot this week, and not just because yesterday was #WorldCancerDay. On February 1st, the wife of a friend passed away from leukaemia. She had…Read more

RoosterBio: Helping researchers scale up cells for patient delivery

Author: Guest, 02/02/16

John Farrell is a science and technology blogger for Forbes online. John was invited to cover proceedings at the 2015 Till & McCulloch Meetings and this is his third and final report. This blog also appears on Forbes and is reprinted here with permission. One of the most time consuming and expensive steps in the whole stem cell and…Read more

Right Turn: In a year of cool tech, regenerative medicine made the list

Author: Erin Sugar, 01/29/16

January is a month of resolutions. Whether it be dieting, exercising or finally taking up that project that you said you would begin a year ago, it is a month that typically sparks improvement. (By the way, how are your visits to the gym going?) While January marks the beginning of a new year and…Read more

Organ transplantation: Using biomaterials to prevent immune rejection

Author: Guest, 01/26/16

Samantha is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department at the University of Toronto. She has previously investigated regeneration in a non-mammalian gecko model during an MSc program, and now currently combines stem cell biology and biomaterials to encapsulate and deliver therapeutic cells to the stroke-injured brain. Samantha became interested in…Read more

Right Turn: Regenerative medicine debuts on The Late Show

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/22/16

Does it seem like regenerative medicine is having its moment in the sun? Last week, the news that GE Healthcare and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) are building a centre for advanced therapeutic cell technologies, with $20 million coming from the Government of Canada and a matching $20 million coming from GE…Read more

Stem cell community loses a treasured friend

Author: Guest, 01/18/16

Joe Sornberger is Director of Communications Programs for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and author of Dreams & Due Diligence: Till and McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy. This post is published here with his permission. The stem cell community is mourning the loss of one of its most cherished champions, Andrew David Lyall. Mr. Lyall…Read more

Right Turn: New $40M centre will solve cell therapy manufacturing challenges

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/15/16

It was huge news in Canada on Wednesday (January 13) when the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and GE Healthcare announced their partnership in the development of a new centre for advanced therapeutic cell technologies. GE Healthcare is providing CAD $20 million that the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)…Read more