Posts Tagged ‘wound healing’

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: Stem cell “gun” for wound healing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/02/17

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Where, then, does the gun factor in? I was amazed, last year, when I learned of the “biopen,” a medical device that draws stem cells to repair damaged or worn cartilage and then the cartilage heals itself with its own cells. From what…Read more

The curious case of applying electric shock to treat brain injuries

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 04/04/17

The month of March is a time for celebrating women around the world. As a science enthusiast, I have been so inspired by the women I see succeeding in the research field. Since I started writing for this blog, I have had the chance to write about and interview female researchers such as Jin Hyung…Read more

Right Turn: Back to school and being brilliant

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/04/15

. It’s September. I can almost hear the school bells ringing. I can definitely feel excitement in the air. For many, back to school isn’t something to dread: just the opposite; it’s something to get excited about. Tests and homework and waking up early aren’t much fun, but learning and discovering are a huge high…Read more

Q. What do cyborg beetles and the smart bandage have in common? A. An innovative researcher.

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 08/10/15

. In her series “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” blogger Hamideh Emrani interviews a third highly respected biomaterials researcher. You can read her interviews with Professors John Davies and Craig Simmons (University of Toronto) here and here. My last post was about an exciting development called the smart bandage. I was visiting…Read more

TED-Ed: An attempt at translating sciences to society

Author: Guest, 12/01/14

By Sarthak Sinha In the two weeks following their release, over 250,000 individuals worldwide have watched and shared these two TED-Ed lessons (see below); a project we worked on for three months. As a reflection on this work, I wanted to share where it all started, what it means in the context of sciences beyond…Read more

Update from the Clinic: July

Author: Mark Curtis, 08/18/14

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of July. The cancer stem cell companies were back in the news last month. OncoMed initiated its ALPINE clinical trial of Tarextumab for pancreatic cancer, while Stemline Therapeutics announced an investigational new drug (IND) for SL-401 and initiation of clinical trials in two blood…Read more

At the forefront of biomaterial research

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 05/01/13

. The work by Joe Landolina and Suneris Inc., highlighted by Stacey Johnson in her recent post, helps bring to the forefront the industry’s motivation to utilize “smart biomaterials”. The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine has been researching smart biomaterials that could be used to treat soldiers injured in the field. Photo: Flickr Commons…Read more

Biomaterial gels: Some surprising uses for water

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 02/12/13

Only in the fictional land of Oz does water cause witches to melt. In the real world, water is essential to life and a valuable resource. Scientifically known as H2O, it is used to irrigate crops and even to enlarge/swell biomaterial gels (more on that later). As a biomaterials scientist, I’m particularly interested in the…Read more