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Peter Raaymakers

Peter is the Stem Cell Network's Communications Manager, and he has been with the Network since early 2010. He's a communicator by trade who hadn't taken a science course since grade 11, so his foray into the field of advanced science and research has been an eye-opening bit of mental exercise--but a very rewarding one.

Posts by: Peter

Right Turn: A lesson in blood development

Hematopoiesis is a long word, but in essence it describes a pretty straight-forward concept: The formation of our blood system, including all of its components. It’s a multi-step process beginning with stem cells and ending with mature, specialized ones like red blood cells, white blood cells, lymphocytes and others. I won’t go into great detail […]

Right Turn: Multiple sclerosis clinical trial begins in Ottawa

  Click image to go to CTV News Ottawa video     We’ve written about some questionable “clinical trials” recruiting patients in Canada recently, so it only makes sense to follow-up with some hopeful news about a legitimate, regulator-approved trial that launched this past week. Dr. Mark Freedman, Senior Scientist of the Neuroscience Program at the Ottawa […]

Right Turn: How your New Year’s Resolution works

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions made every year: Exercise regularly and get in better shape. It’s a noble resolution, often broken, but worthwhile nonetheless. But have you ever wondered how that resolution works? Wonder no more: This great video, from EuroStemCell, explains how stem cells respond to the cues given during workouts […]

Right Turn: Bone grafts, made-to-order

In a TED video from earlier in the year, Nina Tandon and Sarindr Ick Bhumiratana of EpiBone talked about their incredible technique to use biomaterials and stem cells to generate customized bone material for implant. In Tandon’s words, “If you need a piece of human bone, you can use your own cells to grow your own.” EpiBone’s […]

Right Turn: Stem cells for conservation

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, nearly 12,000 animal species are threatened with extinction today. There are many reasons for the precarious state of these species, and nearly as many plans to attempt restoration of their populations, but Japanese scientists are looking at one rarely considered option: Stem cells. Dr. […]