Posts Tagged ‘biomaterials’

New to tissue engineering and/or neural stem cells? This review & textbook are for you!

Author: Guest, 09/20/17

Samantha is a PhD Candidate studying neural stem cell biology in Dr. Derek van der Kooy’s lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on neural stem cell hierarchies in the developing mammalian brain, and activation of quiescent stem cells in the adult brain. She is also an avid science communicator on social media…Read more

The making of a bioactive “tissue paper”

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 09/06/17

If you live in Toronto (Canada), you know that we have two seasons: winter and construction season. Between new condo developments and homes being renovated or restored, construction is everywhere. Right now, there are five active projects going on in the relatively small neighborhood where I live! I’m annoyed by the traffic delays and noise…Read more

Right Turn: Small device packs big potential

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/11/17

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The expression is used widely in a variety of contexts, one of which is as a warning to avoid being taken in by a scam or taken advantage of. Unfortunately, it applies to the stem cell field too. I am tempted to state that…Read more

The “immunity saboteurs ” – otherwise known as T-cells

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 06/07/17

Did you know that a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle and diet might still end up being diabetic? That is certainly the case with those who have type 1 diabetes (T1D). In T1D, the patient’s body has lost the ability to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that acts like an agent and takes…Read more

Right Turn: These three videos show why we should be impressed by our young stem cell researchers

Author: Lisa Willemse, 11/18/16

Stroke, lung damage and mathematical modeling. You may not think these three topics have much in common and for the most part you’d be right. But they have more than one common link. First, each is either a disease focus or methodology within stem cell research. Secondly, each subject –biomaterials to aid stem cell engraftment…Read more

Biomaterials and the “ouch” factor in Olympics and sports

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 09/07/16

Other than multiple heat waves, this summer has been all about sports and the excitement of different tournaments. The Europe 2016 soccer league, the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and last but not least on my list is my sons’ soccer endeavors. I am a fan of soccer and as the mother of two young soccer…Read more

Each vessel is special: Engineering kidney-specific microvasculature

Author: Holly Wobma, 08/29/16

As humans, it is natural to categorize our environment. Usually, these groups include perceptible differences. -The red shirt vs. the blue shirt (not the near infrared vs. far infrared shirt) -The quiet (to our ears) sound vs. the loud sound -etc. Since we don’t readily see or feel microscopic differences in our body, for most…Read more

Right Turn: Andrew Pelling inspires us to play with our food

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/05/16

Andrew Pelling, University of Ottawa, is a biohacker. Biohacking refers to the application of IT hacks to biological systems – most prominently, the human body – but also the entire biosphere. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of DIY IT projects and ideas (Techopedia). Watch Dr. Pelling’s TED Talk below and you may be tempted to…Read more

Highlights from the World Biomaterials Congress Part II: Stepping up delivery strategies

Author: Samantha Payne, 06/20/16

This post is the second of two covering the World Biomaterials Congress. To read my previous blog about the use of biomaterials to study cell behaviour and differentiation in vitro, please click here. This post will cover the use of biomaterials for in vivo delivery strategies. Cartilage, despite its essential role in the movement of…Read more

Highlights from the World Biomaterials Congress Part I: The push and pull of cell behaviour

Author: Samantha Payne, 06/07/16

The World Biomaterials Congress (WBC), which takes place once every four years, happened last month. Among the many excellent presentations at WBC, two themes related to cell-based therapies stood out: 1) the use of biomaterials to study cell behaviour and differentiation in vitro, which I will discuss here, and 2) the use of biomaterials to…Read more