Archive for August, 2013

Right Turn: 7 reasons to enter Cells I See

Author: Lisa Willemse, 08/30/13

. This is the 5th (and perhaps final) edition of Cells I See, an art contest celebrating the beauty and wonder of stem cells. We thought we’d give you some incentive by showcasing last year’s winning entry and by giving you 7 reasons to enter the 2013 contest. The deadline is September 13 — full…Read more

Unraveling the mysteries of blood: Gene that regulates self-renewal discovered

Author: Holly Wobma, 08/26/13

Are we beginning to understand the complex conversations that control blood stem cell fate? Researchers in Toronto have found how one gene, GATA-3, helps prolong self-renewal properties. > They say working on the trauma unit isn’t for the faint of heart. But I think this also applies to being an immunologist. Because not only do…Read more

Right Turn: Delivering your quick fix one Friday at a time

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/23/13

. After a summer of interning at CCRM, English major and PR convert Erin Sugar has learned a great deal about the world of regenerative medicine and the behavior of scientists. Her final Right Turn has me wondering what she actually took away from working with us. Stumbling upon an article on the comical and…Read more

Right Turn: The comic side of lab life

Author: Lisa Willemse, 08/16/13

. Life in the lab has its own peculiarities that are best understood by those who toil away for long hours, keeping cells fed and happy day after day. I can’t say I have first hand experience with it myself, but often hear about it from the many trainees connected to the Stem Cell Network….Read more

The regenerative medicine industry: From “bench to business”

Author: Sasha (Alexandra) Lisovsky, 08/13/13

. I was very fortunate to win a CCRM (Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine) scholarship to attend the 6th Annual “Business of Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to the Market Place” at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The focus of this year’s course was on opportunities and challenges associated with biologics and,…Read more

Preliminary success in blood stem cell gene therapy

Author: David Kent, 08/12/13

. Last month, two studies were published in Science from Luigi Naldini’s group on correcting disease-associated mutations in patient’s stem cells. The two diseases, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) and Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, are sometimes treated with bone marrow transplantation, which relies on identification of matched donors and risks severe complications through graft vs. host disease and lifelong immunosuppression. Using a patient’s own…Read more

Right Turn: A walk to remember

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/09/13

. Today’s Right Turn, brought to you by CCRM’s summer student Erin Sugar, features an interactive art installation of a human cell that allows individuals to enter and navigate its walls, activating different stages of the cell life cycle with each step. Located in the Netherlands, the graphic design agency CLEVER°FRANKE created the “Living Cell”…Read more

Novel biomaterial devices provide a breath of fresh air

Author: Patrick Blit, 08/06/13

  The promise and potential of stem cell therapy has garnered much attention from the media over the years. Countless stories have been reported of groundbreaking stem cell research and that these discoveries are likely to change the way we conduct health care. However, sometimes stem cells alone aren’t enough. Don’t get me wrong: I…Read more

Right Turn: The next top model is in a dish

Author: Lisa Willemse, 08/02/13

. Studying disease in a petri dish is nothing new. But the way we’ve been able to make models of disease – and turn those diseased cells back in time to their earliest beginnings – is new. By peering back in time, researchers are gathering a wealth of new information about how diseases originate and…Read more