If your body isn’t healing, your partner’s genes might be to blame

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 02/22/17

Choosing the right partner in life can help overcome its many pitfalls and challenges. But what if that partner could also influence your health in totally unexpected ways—what if their genes, and not only yours, are at play? This, at least, seems to be the case in mice where the health of one mouse is…Read more

Right Turn: Checking in on Research2Reality

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/17/17

Research2Reality will soon be celebrating its 2nd anniversary. I first wrote about it when it launched and was excited by its mission to highlight the work of scientists across Canada, from a variety of disciplines, and make their research interesting and understandable to a non-expert audience. Through videos and blogs, Research2Reality is “shining a light…Read more

Cells…in a box

Author: Guest, 02/13/17

Heather Blumenthal has been writing about health and health research for more than 20 years and never loses her fascination with the advances Canadian researchers are making. You can reach her at hblumenthal@sympatico.ca It’s like magic – insert a cancer patient’s blood cells in one end and out the other end come T-cells adapted for…Read more

Right Turn: Synthetic biology predicted to become a huge industry

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/10/17

There is a trend in the regenerative medicine field to include gene therapies when describing the work being performed by academics and industry, as in “cell and gene therapies.” The wider definition better reflects how the industry is evolving and acknowledges the dual focus. I expect the same may happen with synthetic biology’s role in…Read more

Learning About Industry from the Insiders at Phacilitate Cell and Gene Therapy World 2017

Author: Nicole Forgione, 02/08/17

In January, I attended Phacilitate’s Cell and Gene Therapy World in Miami, Florida. At this meeting industry leaders from around the world gather to discuss manufacturing, regulation and adoption of cell and gene therapies (C&GT). This was my first industry-focused conference, and it was a great chance to learn the ropes from experienced players in…Read more

Right Turn: Valentine’s Day and the scientist

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/03/17

The clock is ticking. Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. If you are flying solo this Valentine’s Day, I give you permission to stop reading here. (But it may be worth your while to stick around a little longer; remember the trend of single women buying diamond rings for themselves?) Valentine’s Day, despite…Read more

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