Ethical and legal questions important in moving stem cell therapies to clinic

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 12/11/09

iPS cells give us an unprecedented opportunity to create patient- and disease-specific cells. Labs around the world have demonstrated that iPS cells can generate disease-specific cells for illnesses such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s and type 1 diabetes, among many others. Generating these specific cell cultures is greatly advancing stem cell research by allowing researchers to…Read more

New findings may help premature infants breathe easier

Author: Stem Cell Network, 11/27/09

For infants born prematurely, lung and brain illnesses can have severe and long-term health effects. According to the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, about one in three infants born with birth weights below two pounds will be diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a lung disease characterized by poor lung development. A study now…Read more

Winners of 2009 Cells I See art contest

Author: Stem Cell Network, 11/20/09

For the second consecutive year, the Stem Cell Network has run an art contest for investigators and investigators in training who are working on Network funded research projects. The contest showcases amazing imagery and art inspired by stem cells. Submissions to the 2008 contest were printed on publications both in Canada and internationally. Have a…Read more

Annual Meeting Deconstructed

Author: Stem Cell Network, 11/12/09

As an insider it is often difficult to have an objective viewpoint on the success of a meeting. You work hard to pull together a solid agenda – one that balances good scientific presentations, information on best practices in knowledge translation and non-scientific perspectives with networking opportunities. But when you get it right, you know….Read more

New Canadian-Californian investment in stem cell research aims to improve cancer treatments

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 10/28/09

I am excited to learn of today’s announcement that two large-scale projects to tackle stem cell therapies for cancer are to be funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC). This is most welcome news, not only because it demonstrates a continued investment in stem cell science…Read more

Overcoming barriers to successful heart cell transplants

Author: Stem Cell Network, 10/14/09

During a heart attack, muscle cells that make up the heart’s tissue are lost permanently. This cell loss is one of the leading causes of heart failure. Although cell transplantation can result in modest improvements in cardiac function, several challenges remain, including how to increase the survival, integration and functionality of the transplanted cells within…Read more

Nobel nominees were the founders of stem cell science

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 10/08/09

Speculation abounded earlier this week that the founders of stem cell science – James Till and Ernest McCulloch – would be honoured for their achievement with a prestigious Nobel Prize. While it turned out that the Prize was awarded to a deserving trio of researchers for their work on chromosomes, the buzz of anticipation and conjecture…Read more

New insights on eye stem cells

Author: Stem Cell Network, 08/26/09

Retinal stem cells have now been created from human skin, adding yet another specialized cell type to a rapidly growing list of cells that can be created using induced pluripotent (iPS) methodology. The finding could prove to be an important method in the production of human retinal cells, which would help overcome one of the…Read more