Archive for July, 2010

Model behaviour

Author: Katie Moisse, 07/29/10

Buried deep within our bony skulls and spinal columns, and separated from our blood by an infallible barrier, our neurons are, I would argue, the most protected cells in our bodies. This is a good thing for obvious reasons. This is a bad thing, however, for scientists studying neurodegeneration. When induced pluripotent stem cells hit…Read more

Stressing cells to improve transplant outcomes and cardiac function

Author: Chris Kamel, 07/20/10

There’s a scene in The Simpsons, after Homer suffers from a heart attack, where he paraphrases Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous words, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Those words, in this situation, are overly optimistic. After an ischemic event like a heart attack or a stroke, not only is there massive cell death…Read more

New summary on liver failure and stem cells

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/15/10

The liver is the largest solid organ in the human body, and performs a critical function in keeping us alive: it removes waste from our bodies, detoxifies our blood, and helps in various other capacities to protect us from harm. Liver disease can severely compromise the liver’s ability to perform its everyday tasks, in part,…Read more

CIHR updates human pluripotent stem cell guidelines

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 07/12/10

On June 30, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) released updated Guidelines for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research. The Guidelines apply to all research involving human pluripotent stem cells conducted with funding from, or under the auspices of institutions receiving funding from the three federal granting agencies, known as the Tri-Council: CIHR, Natural Sciences…Read more

Personalized medicine is not only a goal, but part of the process, too

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 07/08/10

The concept of personalized medicine is an intuitive one: knowing what treatment to provide a patient based on their own individual case of a disease. Molecular techniques and various flavours of “-omics” provide high precision in determining the status and types of many diseases, as well as our susceptibility to them. One key application of…Read more

Can collaboration and commercialization co-exist?

Author: Stem Cell Network, 07/06/10

by Tania Bubela Increasingly, commercialization is a key requirement for securing project funding and support for scientific research. The field of stem cell research is no exception. But does this emphasis on commercialization, which necessarily involves issues of ownership and secrecy, come at the expense of another largely-encouraged element of scientific research, namely academic collaboration?…Read more