Archive for January, 2017

Peter Zandstra and CCRM: Making cell therapies a commercial reality

Author: Guest, 01/31/17

Dr. Rohin Iyer is currently a Development Manager at GE Healthcare / CCRM. He did his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and has been working in the field of stem cells and tissue engineering for over 12 years. He is an avid tweeter (follow @DrRohinIyer) on cell therapies and regenerative medicine. …Read more

Right Turn: Good news for Canadian “butterfly boy”

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/27/17

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare, and exceedingly painful, skin condition that I’ve written about here and here. Children with EB are sometimes referred to as “butterfly children” because their skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. The severity of the condition ranges from mild to fatal. Jonathan Pitre is a…Read more

A peek at exciting research happening at the University of Toronto

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/25/17

CCRM has been known to hire its graduates, consult with its esteemed professors, review disclosures from its faculty, collaborate on projects, and our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Peter Zandstra, is one of its respected professors. All of this to disclose that CCRM has very strong ties to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)…Read more

Right Turn: W.O.M.E.N. in Advanced Therapies welcoming members

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/20/17

A special thing happened this week at Phacilitate’s Cell and Gene Therapy World: W.O.M.E.N. in Advanced Therapies launched. The virtual group is the result of conversations begun more than a year ago with like-minded individuals who want to give women the tools they need to succeed in an industry – like many – where there…Read more

Can we use animals as living incubators for human tissue?

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 01/16/17

Markus Grompe certainly thinks so and is working hard to make it happen. A scientist and a pediatrician specializing in inborn liver diseases, Dr. Grompe has a plan for overcoming the shortage of organ donors—the key obstacle for patients for whom the liver transplant is the only hope. Based at the Oregon Health and Science…Read more

Right Turn: A 2017 resolution you can commit to

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/13/17

Join a gym. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Save more money. I bet you know what these have in common: Yes, they are popular (and quickly broken) New Year’s resolutions. Although quitting gambling also fits nicely into this list, I’m willing to put up money that “make a stem cell resolution” has never crossed your mind….Read more

Making a case for research investment in Canada: Can we drive reverse brain drain now?

Author: Camila Londono, 01/11/17

Brain drain was a real problem for Canada in the late ‘90s. A study by Statistics Canada found that twice as many post-secondary professors and teachers went to the United States than came to Canada in that period. This untenable situation—in which education and infrastructure investments in people were lost through decreased funding, higher taxes…Read more

Right Turn: A PhD in stand-up comedy

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/06/17

“Biology is the only science in which multiplication is the same thing as division.” “Q: What did the conservative biologist say? A: The only cleavage I want to see is at the cellular level.” “Q: What did one cell say to his sister cell when she stepped on his toe? A. Mitosis”* Hunh? I’ve literally…Read more

Wave of the future: Using anesthesia to detect neurodegeneration

Author: Samantha Payne, 01/03/17

Most people have experienced being put to sleep for a surgical procedure, whether it is relatively minor like the removal of a tooth, or major heart surgery. In fact, every day 60 000 people will undergo general anesthesia in the U.S. You may have noticed a lot of stories sound similar: “I was completely awake…Read more