Archive for June, 2013

Right Turn: Matters of the heart

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/28/13

. If you watch TV, you’ve no doubt heard of the show “Big Bang Theory,” a popular, American sitcom about four über geeky science dudes and their daily shenanigans, frequently centred around finding love – in the early episodes – and now about keeping their lovers happy. It premiered in September 2007. It should not be…Read more

Dear student: Read the supplementary material

Author: David Kent, 06/27/13

. Last week I was forwarded a Cell Stem Cell article to consider by another Signals blogger entitled, “Dear Student: Stem Cell Scientists’ Advice to the Next Generation.” As a stem cell biologist still in training, I was curious to read what senior established stem cell scientists would feel was most important to tell our…Read more

Taking a leap: Regeneration of the non-human primate heart

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 06/25/13

. Some of the “what ifs” of stem cell researchers written on chalkboards at the 2013 ISSCR meeting. Researcher Charles Murray is working on one listed here. While giving my stem cells some much-needed attention in the lab this morning, I reflected on another great ISSCR annual meeting. I’ve gone to this meeting every year…Read more

Right Turn: Osmosis Jones redux

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/21/13

. Today’s Right Turn, contributed by Erin Sugar at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, features the animated film “The journey of a white blood cell,” as well as several vibrant and detailed still animations that depict molecular snapshots of the inner workings of the human body, as imagined by the XVIVO team from…Read more

True Blood: An enterprise in engineering

Author: Holly Wobma, 06/18/13

  True synthetic blood is coming, but it won’t be packaged like this. We’ve all heard the idiom “it’s in my blood”. For me, this applies to hockey and rock climbing. And a quick survey of my class suggests that everything from Southern BBQ sauce and ice cream to tea and motorcycle fluid (yikes!) runs…Read more

View from the floor: ISSCR 2103 day 4

Author: Lisa Willemse, 06/17/13

. Kudos to ISSCR for pulling off what I think is the best annual conference to date (or at least in the last six years, which is how long I’ve been attending). Sure, you could say that the record attendance (over 4,100) is a marker of success, but it’s much more than a numbers game…Read more

View from the floor: ISSCR 2013 day 3

Author: Lisa Willemse, 06/15/13

. Did the coffee lineup seem a little longer on Friday? Was it because it’s day 3 and our minds are getting tired from the great science and late nights (dancing, anyone)? Here’s a snapshot of what happened in the plenary sessions, the poster hall and elsewhere around the conference, as we saw it and…Read more

Making pancreatic beta cells, Doug Melton style: ISSCR 2013

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 06/14/13

. Shortly after I started my PhD in 2009, Time magazine profiled a Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher, Doug Melton, who dedicated his research program to understanding the development and biology of pancreatic beta cells following the diagnosis of his children with type I diabetes. Over the years, I have followed Melton’s progress towards creating…Read more

“The process must go on”: ISSCR 2013

Author: David Brindley, 06/14/13

. The sheer scale of ISSCR 2013, which has attracted almost four thousand delegates, and the proficiency with which it is run, is a major achievement by its organizer and lead sponsor: the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute respectively. Although some organizational calamities will have almost certainly occurred,…Read more

Right Turn: ISSCR in “cell”uloid

Author: Lisa Willemse, 06/14/13

“The stem cell scientists are coming.” No, wait, it’s the British. Actually, Paul Revere said it was the “regulars” who were coming. ISSCR is in Boston, and we have some images of the conference as well as the host city to share. Enjoy!   Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem…Read more