Archive for June, 2014

Right Turn: Wherefore art thou stem cell artists?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/27/14

.. CCRM’s intrepid communications summer student is back! Erin Sugar dishes on the intersection between health, art and science using an intriguing medium: the Petri plate. In the spirit of the return of the Cells I See art contest (submissions begin mid-July, 2014 – more details in a future Right Turn), this week’s blog features…Read more

Careful with the heart strings: Promise vs. potential

Author: David Kent, 06/26/14

> The cellular therapy plenary at the ISSCR conference on June 19 was an incredibly interesting mix of hope and despair. On one hand, the opening talk by Leigh Turner made us imagine thousands of people in the United States getting duped into stem cell therapies as a result of pre-mature commercialization and ethically contentious…Read more

Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: May

Author: Mark Curtis, 06/25/14

. Welcome to your regenerative medicine deal review for the month of May. The space was quiet this past month; however, NeoStem did strike up a licensing deal with China-based Cellular Biomedicine Group to provide international reach to its newly acquired targeted immunotherapy program. Read on to find out more. New York-based NeoStem (NBS) announced…Read more

A day in the ISSCR2014 classroom: Student blog post 3

Author: Guest, 06/24/14

> This is the third in a series of posts from Vancouver high school students who attended the ISSCR conference after winning an essay contest sponsored by the Stem Cell Network, ISSCR and Let’s Talk Science. The contest was organized by Vancouver StemCellTalks. Congratulations to the five winners: Lauren Dobischok, Tanner Jones, Mindy Lin, Vivian Tsang, and Michelle Tse. Post by Mindy…Read more

Right Turn: No passport required for new animation on stem cell tourism

Author: Ben Paylor, 06/20/14

> Following the initial success of our award-winning StemCellShorts animation project, we are happy to launch the next video in the series. This video features Prof. Timothy Caulfield narrating a response to the question: “What is stem cell tourism?” We were lucky to be able to record the narration with Tim in the idyllic Rocky…Read more

A day in the ISSCR2014 classroom: Student blog post 2

Author: Guest, 06/20/14

> This is the second of a series of posts from Vancouver high school students who attended the ISSCR conference after winning an essay contest sponsored by the Stem Cell Network, ISSCR and Let’s Talk Science. The contest was organized by Vancouver StemCellTalks. Congratulations to the five winners: Lauren Dobischok, Tanner Jones, Mindy Lin, Vivian Tsang, and Michelle Tse. Post by Lauren…Read more

Location, location, location… Studying stem cells in their homes

Author: David Kent, 06/19/14

> Just four hours after landing in Vancouver for the 2014 meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, I was delighted to attend the late afternoon plenary session on Cell Heterogeneity. Both John Dick and Connie Eaves – juggernauts of the Canadian stem cell community – reminded us of the differences between stem and…Read more

A day in the ISSCR2014 classroom: Student blog post 1

Author: Guest, 06/19/14

> This is the first of a series of posts from Vancouver high school students who attended the ISSCR conference after winning an essay contest sponsored by the Stem Cell Network, ISSCR and Let’s Talk Science. The contest was organized by Vancouver StemCellTalks. Congratulations to the five winners: Lauren Dobischok, Tanner Jones, Mindy Lin, Vivian Tsang, and Michelle Tse.   Post…Read more

Right Turn: Things you should know before ISSCR

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/13/14

. What’s small and blue and brings a smile to your face? No, not a Smurf and I’m not talking about a little blue pill either. It’s the little cartoon guy from Life Technologies and he has a mission for those who are ISSCR-bound (and even those who aren’t). Watch him here to find out…Read more

Inside a cancer stem cell researcher’s tool box: Sphere formation

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 06/09/14

> I recently wrote about the dilemma many cancer stem cell (CSC) researchers face when trying to model their disease of interest in the lab. So assuming a researcher has successfully chosen their model – what happens next? Allow me to introduce to you some of the tools-of-the-trade found in any CSC researcher’s tool box….Read more