Posts Tagged ‘stem cell tourism’

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: FFB is funding and keeping an eye on vision research

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/19/17

Dr. Mary Sunderland is quite at ease talking to a video camera. The Director of Research & Education for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has been hosting Facebook Live sessions on a variety of topics related to vision research for the past six months. If she was nervous when she began these public outreach sessions…Read more

Lobbying for deregulation of stem cell procedures is giving rise to a new “dark economy”

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/31/16

Day 3 of the Till & McCulloch Meetings continued with many interesting talks. The one that I have chosen to write about in more detail Dr. Douglas Sipp’s, titled “The Stem Cell Dark Economy.” I think his talk was really thought provoking, and important to be shared with our readers. He began with an old…Read more

Tip of the iceberg? Scary stuff from international stem cell clinics

Author: David Kent, 08/02/16

Last week, a good friend of mine forwarded me a correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). I was expecting to read about a new drug being tested in clinical trials or maybe a neat scientific perspective on leukemia biology, but what I got instead shocked and saddened me. The title of the…Read more

Athletes embrace stem cell therapy, for better or worse

Author: Guest, 04/18/16

Randi Druzin is an author and journalist based in Toronto. She has worked at the CBC and several other major media outlets, and has written for publications such as The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. She has also written three books. Randi first learned about regenerative medicine while researching a story on multiple…Read more

Right Turn: A science book lover’s dream list

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/08/16

I’ve written about the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) before, in a post about good stem cell books for kids. Well, CSWA has just released its Short Lists in the 2015 Science in Society Book Awards competition, and with CBC’s Canada Reads having just completed – I’m in the middle of The Hero’s Walk and…Read more

Right Turn: Gordie Howe and stem cell tourism

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/24/15

. In North America, former Detroit Red Wings player Gordie Howe is fondly referred to as “Mr. Hockey” after career achievements that included holding the NHL record for most games and seasons played, and leading the league in scoring from 1950 to 1954. You can read more about his impressive career and numerous awards here….Read more

Right Turn: StemCellTalks in Tweets

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/03/15

. Last month (March 13), StemCellTalks held a symposium on diabetes and stem cell tourism to educate Toronto high school students about the field. (These events happen across Canada.) The morning session began with Dr. Elia Piccinini (University of Toronto) giving an introduction to stem cell biology, followed by two debates: Drs. Derek van der…Read more

Penalty for Regenetek – Two minutes for obfuscation

Author: Lisa Willemse, 01/16/15

> There are few things in Canada that grab national attention than a story related to hockey. News that surfaced last month that hockey legend Gordie Howe had received an unproven stem cell therapy for stroke continue to grab headlines in this country. In the past week alone, our office has fielded several media calls…Read more

Right Turn: Video primer on stem cells better than a “Ruff” cut

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/12/14

. The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is holding its IHDCYH Talks competition to feature research that falls within its mandate of improving knowledge translation and demonstrating the value of reproductive, child and youth health research in Canada. For this competition, participants were…Read more