New possibilities for treatment of severe heart failure

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/15/10

Researchers in Montréal announced this week that they have successfully used stem cells as a key part of a treatment for a patient with heart muscle failure due to severe heart disease. The procedure involves implanting autologous stem cells into the heart muscle of a patient during a coronary bypass procedure. The stem cells stimulate…Read more

Stem Cell School provides new resources for educators

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/12/10

With new developments in stem cell biology happening all the time, high school and undergraduate biology teachers are constantly challenged with the prospect of integrating stem cells into their lesson plans. Teachers and students at last week’s StemCellTalks event in Toronto got a first look at a new media-rich resource to help educators fit stem…Read more

Stem Cell Gallery now available online

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/30/10

The Stem Cell Network has received a lot of beautiful images and great stem cell-inspired artwork from members and trainees over the course of the last two years, as a part of our Cells I See art initiative. And we’re happy to say that the artwork is now available for viewing on our website’s Stem Cell…Read more

Encouraging cell development to reduce the long-term impacts of heart failure

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/26/10

Heart failure is a serious yet relatively common condition that limits the ability of the human heart to properly supply the body with blood. The odds of heart failure increase as we age, so finding treatment options is becoming increasingly important as the population ages, particularly given the high cost of current heart failure treatment….Read more

DNA damage necessary for cell development

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/17/10

Canadian scientists have discovered that stem cells intentionally damage their own DNA in order to regulate development. The breakthrough findings clear up the mystery of how cell death proteins actually promote cell differentiation and cell development. The study, led by Dr. Lynn A. Megeney of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, published in the Proceedings of…Read more

Looking for clues to understand and treat progeria

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/11/10

The answers to many childhood diseases may be held deep within our cells. Dr. William Stanford, a stem cell researcher at the University of Toronto and co-Director of the Ontario Human iPS Facility, has been looking at the mechanisms that determine whether and how a stem cell will differentiate in hopes of finding treatments for…Read more

iPS cells named “Method of the Year” in 2009

Author: Stem Cell Network, 01/19/10

The journal Nature Methods recently announced induced pluripotent stem cells as Method of the Year 2009 for its potential for biological discovery. In the few short years since their discovery by Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka, iPS cells have become one of the most studied – and promising – cell types to model disease. iPS are…Read more