Archive for July, 2009

A new model to expand blood stem cells

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/31/09

In a Molecular Systems Biology paper released this week, our team at the University of Toronto revealed a new mathematical model that links functional cellular assays to specific model outputs, defines cell-level kinetic parameters such as cell cycle rates and self-renewal probabilities as functions of culture variables, and simulates feedback regulation using cell–cell interaction networks….Read more

Canadian stem cell researchers Eaves and Dick to receive hematology awards

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 07/31/09

The American Society of Hematology recently announced six award recipients to be honoured for their outstanding scientific contributions in the field of hematology. Among the distinguished scientists who are to receive awards are two Canadians – Connie Eaves and John Dick – both of whom are Stem Cell Network researchers. I am very proud of…Read more

Mending broken hearts

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/29/09

Cardiovascular disease accounts for the death of more Canadians than any other disease, more than 72,000 people each year. There is currently no cure for heart failure, and goals for treatment have always been to improve symptoms, stop the condition from getting worse, and prolong life span. But results from recent stem cell trials point…Read more

Updates on MS, stroke, spinal cord injury and more

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/24/09

New research in the area of regenerative medicine is coming out regularly.  Here are some recent examples: Researchers in Toronto and Saskatchewan are looking at cells found in human skin, inside the nose and in the spinal cord as autologous sources of myelinating cells to treat multiple sclerosis. A UK company called ReNeuron is starting…Read more

ISSCR 2009: outside the plenary hall

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/13/09

Cel-lules mare – The night before ISSCR’s 7th Annual Meeting officially began, a public symposium was held at CosmoCaixa Barcelona in the north end of the city.  The event was open to everyone attending ISSCR as well as curious members of the Spanish public. The evening started with ESTOOLS’ “Smile of a Stem Cell” photo…Read more