Archive for March, 2017

Right Turn: The robots aren’t coming, they’re here

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/31/17

via GIPHY Artificial Intelligence (AI) already permeates our culture and that’s only going to increase with time and advances to the technology. Some think this is good news, progress and inevitable while others, like Stephen Hawking for example, fear where AI could take us. AI is on my mind this week with the announcement that…Read more

The long slog of medical R&D and finding inspiration

Author: Elizabeth Csaszar, 03/27/17

Research and development (R&D) of a medical therapeutic is a long slog. This isn’t news to anyone working in the field. The average time to bring a new drug product to market is over a decade. Moreover, this is the timeline when everything progresses well – funding and business decisions align, manufacturing processes come together,…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell researchers develop more than undifferentiated stem cells at StemCellTalks Toronto

Author: Erin Sugar, 03/24/17

The eighth annual Toronto StemCellTalks (SCT) symposium took place on March 10, 2017, in Toronto’s urban innovation hub (and CCRM’s new home), MaRS Discovery District. SCT is a national stem cell biology outreach program for high school students in partnership with Let’s Talk Science and the Stem Cell Network. (CCRM is also a proud national…Read more

From organ survival to organ revival – how patients can regenerate their own donor lung prior to surgery

Author: Holly Wobma, 03/22/17

For most areas of medicine, the supply of a treatment can easily meet demand (access issues aside). Need an antibody? A steroid? Millions of pills are manufactured every day. The case could not be more different for solid organ transplantation, for which the list of patients with end-stage organ failure vastly exceeds the number of…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cells, like children, are a labour of love

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/17/17

For many Canadians with kids, we’re nearing the end of March Break – a holiday from school for elementary- and secondary school-aged children. Whether you’re travelling or at home this week, you’ve spent lots of quality time with your children and this new video from a group at Cambridge may really resonate with you. According…Read more

Improving ultrasound imaging may have applications in regenerative medicine

Author: Guest, 03/13/17

Andy Bell, a writer working with Toronto3dprinting, loves to write about different topics related to technological gadgets and gears. 3D printing is his current interest. Though ultrasound technology is commonly associated with the imaging of fetuses in the womb, its applications are much more than just imaging. The acoustic waves generated by ultrasound devices can…Read more

Right Turn: My question to Paul Knoepfler: Do you ever sleep?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/10/17

Paul Knoepfler, already well known for his prolific blogging at The Niche and for his role as a stem cell educator and tireless patient advocate – award winning no less – has taken on another project. Ask him a question about stem cells and you may get a live response. On February 26th, Dr. Knoepfler,…Read more

Why do stroke regenerative therapies fail to reach the clinic?

Author: Samantha Payne, 03/07/17

The author of the popular Seven Habits of Highly Effective People book, Steven R. Covery, said “strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” While this may be helpful advice for improving your personal life, researchers are learning that differences in preclinical studies are weakening the ability to translate effective therapies to the clinic. While one…Read more

Right Turn: Raising awareness about spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/03/17

Have you heard of spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak? No? That’s why the Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak Foundation, established in June 2014, is holding its first educational campaign (Feb. 27-March 3, 2017) to raise awareness of spinal CSF leak, an underdiagnosed cause of headaches that are easily treated and cured. If you suffer from…Read more

Interspecies generation of insulin producing cells now a reality

Author: David Kent, 03/01/17

From science fiction novelists through to medical doctors and industry leaders, a huge amount of attention has been given to the idea of growing human organs for transplantation in large farm animals like pigs and sheep. The need for organs to transplant into patients is one driving motivation (~5000 patients waiting in Canada alone), but…Read more