Archive for July, 2012

Shades of grey matter: using iPSC to unravel the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Michelle Ly, 07/31/12

Chances are you know someone with autism spectrum disorder, or have, at the very least, been exposed to it in the media. Films like I am Sam, Rain Main, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and well-publicized stories such as that of Hollywood starlet Jenny McCarthy and her fight for her autistic son all show different sides…Read more

Narrowing in on a career: a graduate student contemplates the business side of regenerative medicine

Author: Guest, 07/27/12

By S. Amanda Ali As a fifth year PhD student in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, thoughts of what-to-do-next are always lurking in the back of my mind. Having ruled out conventional routes for graduate students in biomedical science – postdoctoral fellowships, medical school, other professional schools – I’ve considered…Read more

Drug giants filling in the Valley of Death

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 07/17/12

Faced with patent shortages to replace flagship products, Big Pharma is increasing investments in smaller biotech companies to capture innovations early. Most new companies wither and die if they run out of initial funds before they’re profitable.  In biotech, companies may strive to hit goals such as proving that a technology works as intended, developing…Read more

If Gandhi were a stem cell, which would he be?

Author: Holly Wobma, 07/11/12

My guess…is an HSC (hematopoietic stem cell). Because although these cells aren’t known for their civil disobedience, they do have a certain knack for making people more tolerant. In fact, that’s why Dr. Megan Sykes, Director of the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology, finds them so interesting.  She wants to use these cells to teach…Read more

ISCT meeting: a balance of business and academia that works

Author: Michelle Ly, 07/04/12

With rain, rain and more rain in the forecast, I was more than happy to escape wet and dreary Vancouver and attend the 18th International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) annual meeting, which took place in Seattle, Washington last month. The weather was (slightly) drier and there was plenty of stem cell eye candy to…Read more