Neuron replacement is the future–but astrocyte replacement can be done now

Author: Katie Moisse, 04/27/10

“Neuron replacement is the future–but astrocyte replacement can be done now” Those were the words of stem cell biologist Clive Svendsen during his plenary lecture at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto April 15. Svendsen won this year’s Sheila Essey award, which honours scientists whose research has significantly contributed to understanding, preventing…Read more

Stem cells in the running for a Webby Award!

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/26/10

 The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation has been nominated for Best Activism Website at the 14th Annual Webby Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of the Internet”. The Webby’s recognize the world’s best websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. As a nominee, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is also eligible to win…Read more

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