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Hamideh Emrani

Hamideh is a scientific communicator and the founder of Emrani Communications, serving clients in Toronto (University of Toronto) and California (Stanford University). She earned her B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley and finished her M.Sc. at the University of Toronto (U of T). She was an intern at the Carnegie Institute at Stanford University, honours research student at UC Berkeley and has won awards for best podium and best poster presentations at the Faculty of Dentistry and IBBME at U of T. She is passionate about science and loves to talk and write about it. You can follow Hamideh on Twitter at @HamidehEmrani.

Posts by: Hamideh

A second chance at life after a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis – Day 2 at TMM 2017

Imagine your hands lose their control and, all of a sudden, the glass of water you just took from the fridge slips and shatters on the ground. What could it be? “It is probably carpel tunnel syndrome,” says your family doctor. But you experience more problematic symptoms like double vision and loss of balance and, […]

Taming the unruly immune system: the risky stem cell transplant that changed the fate of some Canadian MS patients – Day 2 at TMM 2017

  This year, Dr. Harold Atkins was honored with the Till & McCulloch Award. He and Dr. Mark Freedman led a clinical trial that used stem cells to reset the immune system as a treatment strategy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and a few other neurodegenerative diseases, such as stiff person syndrome. You can read how […]

Ingenious methods to engineer cells to treat diabetes – Day 1 TMM 2017

  Another interesting talk, on the first morning of the Canadian Till & McCulloch Meetings, was from Dr. Bruce Verchere who spoke about possible routes to prevent graft rejection in the case of human β-cell and islet cell transplants for diabetes through engineering the β-cells. As previously described, Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune […]

Novel technique used to study organ development – Day 1 of TMM 2017

This year’s Till & McCulloch Meetings began with a rainy day on the beautiful mountainside in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The morning talks started off with Dr. Matthias Lütolf. His lab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, (EPFL) works on strategies to improve culture and growth of stem cells in lab settings. One of these strategies […]

Screening and providing effective treatment for cancer. Are we there yet?

At 2:20 am, I gave up my quest to try to sleep and decided to work on my post. When I opened my laptop, a picture of sweet Y, a really supportive former labmate and truly kind friend, was smiling at me. I had forgotten to close my Facebook page and a friend had shared […]