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 2017 resolution you can commit to

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/13/17

Join a gym. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Save more money. I bet you know what these have in common: Yes, they are popular (and quickly broken) New Year’s resolutions. Although quitting gambling also fits nicely into this list, I’m willing to put up money that “make a stem cell resolution” has never crossed your mind….Read more

Making a case for research investment in Canada: Can we drive reverse brain drain now?

Author: Camila Londono, 01/11/17

Brain drain was a real problem for Canada in the late ‘90s. A study by Statistics Canada found that twice as many post-secondary professors and teachers went to the United States than came to Canada in that period. This untenable situation—in which education and infrastructure investments in people were lost through decreased funding, higher taxes…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

Right Turn: My favourite things (blogs!)

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/30/16

  Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, Blogs are a few of my favourite things. When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite blogs and then I don’t feel so bad….Read more

A credit card sized lab

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 12/29/16

Professor Aaron Wheeler earned his PhD from Stanford University and, after a two-year postdoc fellowship at UCLA, joined the faculty of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He has won numerous awards and honours for his work in the field of microfluidics and is the associate editor of Lab on a Chip. Wheeler’s lab develops…Read more

Right Turn: Rare sighting of Macareindeer captured on video before holidays

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/23/16

Our story begins in a wondrous land called Torona, far from the North Pole, where mythical creatures – half human, half reindeer – have dedicated their adult years to the admirable pursuit of helping to treat patients around the world with “regenerative medicines,” whether they’ve been naughty or nice. When they aren’t busy with their…Read more

Inaugural Medicine by Design Symposium – Engineering progress in regenerative medicine

Author: Nicole Forgione, 12/21/16

On November 28 local and international leaders of the regenerative medicine (RM) community gathered at the MaRS Centre in Toronto for the first ever Medicine by Design (MbD) Symposium. The event marked the first year of the MbD program at the University of Toronto (U of T). This initiative was established based on a $114…Read more

Right Turn: The elements of a great story (courtesy of OIRM’s SciComms Workshop)

Author: Laine Jaremey, 12/16/16

I joined graduate students and early-career researchers at OIRM’s first Science Communications Workshop, held November 24, 2016 in Toronto. Expert communicators from a variety of backgrounds provided a valuable introduction to the essentials of successful science communication at the day-long event. We learned that storytelling is a tool that can help you to construct compelling…Read more