Archive for the ‘Biology’ Category

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 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

Crazy for CRISPR!

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 12/05/16

On November 15th, my social media pages exploded with posts and comments regarding the latest news about how the gene-editing ‘CRISPR-Cas9’ technology had been used in the first human patient. The article, published by Nature, was entitled “CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time.” It described how a group of Chinese scientists…Read more

Right Turn: These three videos show why we should be impressed by our young stem cell researchers

Author: Lisa Willemse, 11/18/16

Stroke, lung damage and mathematical modeling. You may not think these three topics have much in common and for the most part you’d be right. But they have more than one common link. First, each is either a disease focus or methodology within stem cell research. Secondly, each subject –biomaterials to aid stem cell engraftment…Read more

Can we defy aging?

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 11/14/16

Last month, a paper published in Nature grabbed headlines by claiming that human lifespan is capped at 115 years. As disappointing as the news may be to anyone wanting to live forever, I’m okay with this shelf life, so long as I can be an energetic, pain-free supercentenarian. Still, despite tangible progress in medicine that…Read more

Right Turn: The story of scurvy is a poignant cautionary tale for modern medical science

Author: Guest, 11/04/16

Elizabeth (Liz) Csaszar is a development manager for the BridGE team at CCRM. Her areas of interest are cell manufacturing, clinical translation of cell based therapies, and blood cell technologies. Liz obtained her PhD at the University of Toronto, focusing on the strategies to expand and self-renew hematopoietic stem cells in vitro. Liz is interested in…Read more

Ending on a high note – Day 3 of TMM2016

Author: Camila Londono, 10/31/16

Though the last day of the Till and McCulloch Meetings was a short one, it was absolutely fantastic. The day began with a thought-provoking talk by Douglas Sipp, from the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, touching upon the many issues surrounding regulation of stem cell therapies. I think as scientists, we often tend to forget…Read more

A peek into a septic shock clinical trial and a patient’s message of hope (TMM2016-Day2)

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/27/16

The second day of the Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) kicked off with a great talk by Dr. Masayo Takahashi of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, on the generation of retinal progeny and photoreceptors from iPSCs and ESCs. However, for today, I would like to focus on two different talks. I am sure further…Read more

Rewarding Excellence – Awardees at TMM2016

Author: Camila Londono, 10/26/16

The feature session of the fifth Till & McCulloch Meetings shone a light on two fantastic researchers, Huijuan Yang and Molly Shoichet, both of whom received awards for their outstanding work. Huijuan Yang, a PhD student in the Nagy lab at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto, received the inaugural Drew…Read more