Right Turn: Immortalizing excellence in stem cell research

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/29/17

Dr. James Till surrounded by bronze figures of Ernest McCulloch and James Till. By sculptor Ruth Abernethy

In some circles, James Till needs no introduction. Along with Ernest McCulloch (deceased), Dr. Till advanced medical research across the globe with the discovery of blood stem cells[1][2] at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, now the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Yesterday, outside the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, during a grand opening event for CCRM, a statue of Till and McCulloch was unveiled. The bronze statue is the work of Ruth Abernethy, a talented local sculptor. The sculpture was commissioned by Dr. Allen Eaves, a notable figure in his own right. On hand for the unveiling were Dr. Till, his wife and his adult children. It was a cool and windy day after the recent heatwave we’ve had in Toronto, but no one was in a hurry to go inside.

Enjoy some photos from this special day.

L-R Dr. Allen Eaves (STEMCELL Technologies), Ruth Abernethy, Dr. Michael May (CCRM)


CCRM staff with Jim Till

The unveiling – note Dr. Till’s delight

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

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[1] Till, J. E. & McCulloch, E. A. A Direct Measurement of the Radiation Sensitivity of Normal Mouse Bone Marrow Cells. Radiat. Res. 14, 213–222 (1961).

[2] Becker, A. J., McCulloch, E. A. & Till, J. E. Cytological demonstration of the clonal nature of spleen colonies derived from transplanted mouse marrow cells. Nature 197, 452–454 (1963).

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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