Archive for the ‘Biomaterials’ Category

New to tissue engineering and/or neural stem cells? This review & textbook are for you!

Author: Guest, 09/20/17

Samantha is a PhD Candidate studying neural stem cell biology in Dr. Derek van der Kooy’s lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on neural stem cell hierarchies in the developing mammalian brain, and activation of quiescent stem cells in the adult brain. She is also an avid science communicator on social media…Read more

The making of a bioactive “tissue paper”

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 09/06/17

If you live in Toronto (Canada), you know that we have two seasons: winter and construction season. Between new condo developments and homes being renovated or restored, construction is everywhere. Right now, there are five active projects going on in the relatively small neighborhood where I live! I’m annoyed by the traffic delays and noise…Read more

Right Turn: Small device packs big potential

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/11/17

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The expression is used widely in a variety of contexts, one of which is as a warning to avoid being taken in by a scam or taken advantage of. Unfortunately, it applies to the stem cell field too. I am tempted to state that…Read more

Immune to cancer, long-lived and really ugly

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 06/27/17

They could well be the ugliest animals on the planet, but naked mole rats don’t get cancer or suffer decrepitude from old age. No wonder scientists are working hard to unlock the secrets of these bizarre-looking creatures that could teach us how to stave off disease and repair brains. With large protruding teeth, squinting useless…Read more

The “immunity saboteurs ” – otherwise known as T-cells

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 06/07/17

Did you know that a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle and diet might still end up being diabetic? That is certainly the case with those who have type 1 diabetes (T1D). In T1D, the patient’s body has lost the ability to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that acts like an agent and takes…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell “gun” for wound healing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/02/17

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Where, then, does the gun factor in? I was amazed, last year, when I learned of the “biopen,” a medical device that draws stem cells to repair damaged or worn cartilage and then the cartilage heals itself with its own cells. From what…Read more

A few good women: Engineering grads to watch

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/30/17

Engineers Canada reports on student enrolment and graduations from Canadian universities and colleges. Data from 2015 show that undergraduate enrolment continues to increase year after year, a welcome trend for those of us who hire from these programs. This year’s newly capped and gowned crop of university students have wrapped up exams and are moving…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: 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

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