Archive for September, 2013

Introducing a new series of animated stem cell videos – StemCellShorts

Author: Ben Paylor, 09/27/13

 > Welcome to the official launch of the first StemCellShorts video: “What is a stem cell?” narrated by stem cell research great Dr. Jim Till. Join us again on October 11 and 25 for the online premieres of two more videos in the series. Anyone who has spent time searching the Internet for quality educational…Read more

Stem cell pioneer inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Author: Guest, 09/24/13

by Michael Rudnicki, Scientific Director of the Stem Cell Network  Today it was announced that Ron Worton is an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame that is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of medical heroes. As well as an accomplished and renowned scientist for his groundbreaking and seminal discoveries in genetic diseases such as Duchenne Muscular…Read more

Right Turn: 3D printer with living “ink” creates cartilage “earily” reminiscent of the real thing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/20/13

. You have no doubt heard and read a lot about 3D printing. Biomaterials scientist and blogger Patrick Blit has written about it here in the context of a 3D printed tracheal splint. It is an increasingly popular method for creating human tissues and has evolved to printing prototype body parts. Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, a…Read more

The thing about research is…

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 09/16/13

. The thing about research is that it’s an exciting and rewarding, but oftentimes complex and infuriating, cycle of asking questions and finding answers. Through some simple, yet expressive “Rage comic” illustrations (adapted from an online source; see further note about the illustrations at the end of this post), I thought I would share some…Read more

Right Turn: TED’s take on tissue engineering

Author: Lisa Willemse, 09/13/13

. Good science communication is an overarching goal for us at Signals Blog, so when we find examples of others doing a great job (and there are lots of them), we like to share. This week I came across a TED Talk by Nina Tandon, a biomedical engineer at Columbia University (coincidentally, the same lab…Read more

The ever changing stem cell field: An interview with Michael West

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 09/10/13

. Earlier this summer I had the fortunate opportunity to speak with Dr. Michael West, of BioTime, and pick his brain on various aspects of the stem cell industry, what it’s faced, and where it might go. It was a perfect follow up to my post in March that explored BioTime’s acquisition of Geron’s stem…Read more

Right Turn: Tips for the novice conference goer

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/06/13

. Canada’s premier stem cell research event, the Till and McCulloch Meetings, is just around the corner.  It seems like a fitting time to introduce you to Ph.Diddy, a creation of Life Technologies Corp – coincidentally a conference sponsor. Ph.Diddy has pre-conference jitters about having to present his poster to his community of researchers, probably…Read more

A feast for the soul, body and inquisitive mind

Author: Sasha (Alexandra) Lisovsky, 09/05/13

. I recently spent a week in a rustic New England area hiking, canoeing, tasting local beer, sampling culinary masterpieces and participating in insightful discussions with old and newly acquired friends. It sounds like I had a great vacation; however, I was actually attending a scientific meeting – namely the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in…Read more