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Congratulations, you graduated this year! So, what happens next?

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 07/20/17

Passing by university campuses in the month of June, what you will notice is joyful, well dressed students, accompanied by family members, attending their graduation ceremonies. It is indeed a great feeling to have accomplished a university degree after a lot of dedication and hard work. I personally prefer the name commencement instead of graduation…Read more

Filling the void: A scientist’s introduction to commercialization/clinical translation

Author: Holly Wobma, 04/26/17

For anybody who has invested a great deal of time into a research project, you probably feel a certain sense of expertise on the topic. Sure, it is impossible to know a whole field (every answer raises more questions), and lab work is rife with puzzlement and failures, but at the end of the day,…Read more

Understanding how to hone your story for media – Tips from an expert

Author: Laine Jaremey, 12/13/16

Last month, the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) hosted its first Science Communications Workshop. Expert speakers, who included journalists, communicators and social media specialists, educated the mostly graduate students and early-career researchers in attendance by helping them navigate media interviews and communicate their work using social media. In this post, I’m sharing learnings from…Read more

Insights from CGTW16 – Part 2: scale-up challenges and closed systems

Author: Guest, 11/23/16

Amin Adibi is a biomedical engineer and a research assistant at the University of British Columbia. His areas of interest include cell manufacturing and bioprocess optimization, clinical translation of cellular therapies, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness modelling. Amin has an MSc degree from University of Calgary, where he focused on developing adjuvant MSC-based therapies for brain…Read more

Challenging assumptions to expand our thinking? Insights from Session 1 of TMM2016

Author: Camila Londono, 10/25/16

The fifth Till & McCulloch Meetings started off with a bang, with an incredibly exciting and provocative talk by Dr. Sara-Jane Dunn that highlighted the predictive power of Boolean network models. Dr. Dunn, who works at Microsoft Research, introduced the idea of biological computation: a cell’s gene expression “decision making” can be modelled using Boolean…Read more

Right Turn: Regenerative medicine debuts on The Late Show

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/22/16

Does it seem like regenerative medicine is having its moment in the sun? Last week, the news that GE Healthcare and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) are building a centre for advanced therapeutic cell technologies, with $20 million coming from the Government of Canada and a matching $20 million coming from GE…Read more

Get serious: Seize the moment while politicians are listening

Author: Guest, 09/09/15

. Joe Sornberger is Director of Communications Programs for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and author of Dreams & Due Diligence: Till and McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy.   Back in the day, I toiled as a newspaper reporter, covering Parliament Hill. I was there at a Québec campaign stop during the 1993 election,…Read more

Right Turn: This is not a One Direction concert review

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/21/15

. Last night, I took my daughters to a One Direction concert. Regardless of what you might now think of me (us), they still have several (million) fans around the world. The 40,000 screaming girls in attendance at the Rogers Centre showed the Brit boys lots of love. Anyhoo, earlier this week I was trying…Read more

Update from the Clinic: March

Author: Mark Curtis, 04/07/15

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of March. Investors weren’t so keen on Neuralstem’s topline results in amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). NeoStem’s follow-up data from its PreSERVE study in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was somewhat lacklustre. Northwest Biotherapeutics continues to report positive data on its DCVax technology, breathing hope into…Read more

Right Turn: A lesson in blood development

Author: Peter Raaymakers, 02/27/15

Hematopoiesis is a long word, but in essence it describes a pretty straight-forward concept: The formation of our blood system, including all of its components. It’s a multi-step process beginning with stem cells and ending with mature, specialized ones like red blood cells, white blood cells, lymphocytes and others. I won’t go into great detail…Read more