Right Turn: Cancer campaigns

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/27/15

To some people, November is now Movember. That is testament to how successful and pervasive this campaign for men’s health – especially prostate cancer – has become. (Blogger Sara Nolte has also chosen to write about prostate cancer during Movember.) Last month the focus was on breast cancer. The month before that, there were a…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: October

Author: Mark Curtis, 11/24/15

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of October. Lion Biotechnologies and Kite Pharma both made deals with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that significantly expanded their respective pipelines. Kite also announced a research collaboration with Alpine Immune Sciences to enhance its CAR T portfolio with a novel transmembrane protein platform….Read more

Canadian Researchers Recognized For Diabetes Breakthrough Using Stem Cells

Author: Guest, 11/23/15

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 first report. This blog also appears on Forbes and is reprinted here with permission.  Timothy J. Kieffer and his team of researchers at the University of British Columbia…Read more

Right Turn: The art of scientific communication

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/20/15

I’ve been blogging about some of the talks that I heard at the recent Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) in Toronto, Canada. Maybe you’ve read them (featuring speakers Molly Shoichet and Milica Radisic)? For this blog, I want to take a different focus. TMM is diverse and caters to delegates interested in talks and debates…Read more

Here we go…cells derived from embryonic stem cells in UK clinics

Author: David Kent, 11/16/15

The United Kingdom has begun its foray into using cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) in clinical settings. I have to admit I was surprised that following coverage on the BBC and in The Guardian, there was virtually no anti-ESC protesting to be found, especially considering this was the first human ESC therapy…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cells in space

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/13/15

Are you a wannabe astronaut? If you haven’t yet heard the news, NASA is hiring. Think you got the right stuff? The boys from One Direction do and you’ll know this if you have viewed their “NASA” video (over 185 million have clicked!).     Now, apart from enjoying a catchy tune and some eye…Read more

A paper on stem cells… on paper

Author: Holly Wobma, 11/10/15

  The last two decades have seen a number of fascinating innovations in biomaterial scaffolds development. This comes from the growing realization that 2D culture of cells can only do so much in terms of mimicking physiological niches of the body. To encourage stem cells towards a particular mature cell fate, or to mimic disease…Read more

A hydrogel for the injured brain and eye

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/09/15

Continuing with the theme of interesting biomaterials-related talks at the recent Till & McCulloch Meetings in Toronto, Canada, was the one delivered by Professor Molly Shoichet from the University of Toronto. Her group focuses on designing polymer scaffolds to deliver drugs and cells as part of regenerative medicine strategies for the repair and restoration of…Read more

Right Turn: Genome engineering infographic

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/06/15

According to the helpful infographic below from Thermo Fisher, genetic engineering has been around since 1831. With the introduction of CRISPR/Cas9 in 2012, genome engineering – or at least CRISPR – seems to be on everyone’s lips. Signals bloggers are no exception. Holly Wobma first wrote about CRISPR in an August 2014 post here, then…Read more

Mending a hole in the heart

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/04/15

Among many interesting talks at this year’s Till and McCulloch Meetings in Toronto, Canada, there were a couple related to biomaterials, which I’d like to focus on. In the first talk, professor Milica Radisic, University of Toronto, talked about two recent developments in her lab. Her research focus is on designing biomaterials that can be…Read more