Right Turn: What do the results of the U.S. election mean for science?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/09/16

This isn’t the blog that I planned to write this week, but I’m so preoccupied with the outcome of the U.S. election, I’m finding it hard to focus on anything else right now. So, let’s look at the implications of a Trump presidency on science. An article in Nature quotes Michael Lubell, director of public…Read more

Making connections – advancing regenerative medicine through partnerships

Author: Nicole Forgione, 11/08/16

A key driver for advancements in regenerative medicine is partnerships. In recognition of this, every year CCRM hosts a networking reception that brings together our partners for an evening of discussion and knowledge sharing. This year’s industry networking reception was focused on the theme of increasing partnerships between industry and academia. I had the privilege…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

Lobbying for deregulation of stem cell procedures is giving rise to a new “dark economy”

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/31/16

Day 3 of the Till & McCulloch Meetings continued with many interesting talks. The one that I have chosen to write about in more detail Dr. Douglas Sipp’s, titled “The Stem Cell Dark Economy.” I think his talk was really thought provoking, and important to be shared with our readers. He began with an old…Read more

Right Turn: TMM2016 in 140 characters and photos

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/28/16

Lots of great sessions today, plus a trainee poster session and pub night.

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

Stem cell regulatory networks, dynamics and ways to engineer them (Day 1, TMM2016)

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/25/16

This year’s Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM2016) began with a diverse set of topics organized into three different plenary sessions. The first session, on regulatory networks in stem cells, began with Sara-Jane Dunn from Microsoft Research who introduced us to “The Reasoning Engine for Interaction Networks, RE:IN,” a computational tool that can synthesize and analyze…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