Posts Tagged ‘CIRM’

Weighing in on a controversial topic

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/23/17

We are less than one week away from Signals’ second blog carnival! Last month I promised to reveal the topic and the participants. I also hinted that this year’s topic might strike some readers as controversial. Given that a few invited bloggers declined to participate, I’d have to say that’s the case. So although our…Read more

Right Turn: Clinical trials – one solution to unapproved stem cell treatments

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/14/17

I’ve been thinking about unapproved stem cell treatments a lot recently. First, I read this article that hailed the arrival of stem cell treatments in a small community in western Canada. There were many statements in the article that concerned me, but I only addressed a few major ones in my letter to the editor….Read more

Right Turn: A 2017 resolution you can commit to

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/13/17

Join a gym. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Save more money. I bet you know what these have in common: Yes, they are popular (and quickly broken) New Year’s resolutions. Although quitting gambling also fits nicely into this list, I’m willing to put up money that “make a stem cell resolution” has never crossed your mind….Read more

Right Turn: Finding a treatment for vision loss is looking up

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/21/16

October 13, 2016 was World Sight Day and the month of October is dedicated to blindness and vision loss awareness. No doubt that is why the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) recently shared the third installment in its Stem Cells in Your Face series. In the video below, narrator Kevin McCormack, whose day job…Read more

A complete (re)program to recognize the 10-year anniversary of iPSCs

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/25/16

Ten years ago today, Japanese scientists Shinya Yamanaka and Kazutoshi Takahashi published a paper announcing the creation of rodent induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, thus pioneering the field of iPS cell technology. They showed that they could convert adult cells into pluripotent stem cells – in other words, they reprogrammed them to look and function…Read more

Right Turn: Autism stem cell research could use a boost

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/22/16

While I’m sure news about autism spikes in April during the annual awareness campaign, I doubt autism is absent from the news very often. Whether parents and advocates are lobbying for more services and funding, experts and non-experts are arguing over whether vaccines cause autism or celebrities are jumping onto the awareness bandwagon, it seems…Read more

Right Turn: Coming at you from a beach down south

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/18/16

We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! teachers! leave the kids alone! All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall. Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in The Wall,”…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell books for kids

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/11/15

I have yet to meet a parent who doesn’t think reading to/with their kids is crucial. I’m going to assume that if you’re a scientist, instilling a love of science to your children, through books, is a priority. With winter holidays just around the corner, kids will have lots of time for reading. Whether you’re…Read more

Right Turn: Kevin McCormack in your face

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/18/15

. Ever since Kevin McCormack, Director of Communications at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), produced the first episode of “Stem Cells in Your Face,” I’ve been waiting for the sequel. If you, like me, are a fan, then the wait is over. (Truthfully, it’s been available since May. Just as well I didn’t…Read more

Right Turn: Back to school Part 2

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/11/15

. University and college students have invaded Toronto in the hundreds of thousands (nearly 200,000 apparently). Not that I think this is a bad thing, as I stated last week. I recognize that this is a phenomenon seen across Canada and around the world, but with four universities and four colleges in the city, their…Read more