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CircusTent02In case you missed it: Signals is hosting its first “blog carnival” on August 25, 2016.

What is that you ask?

Think of a blog carnival as a single venue hosting a variety of entertainment. In this case, the “entertainment” are posts from influential bloggers across the stem cell research community all blogging on the same topic. Visit Signals next Thursday to gain access to all of these perspectives. As you jump from post to post, just as you would between booths at a carnival, it’s a chance to absorb a wide range of opinions and viewpoints from scientists and science communications experts. I’ve read a few of the blogs already and each one is interesting and different – as unique as their authors. You’re in for a real treat. (Still confused? Read our post from last month for more details and some examples of interesting blog carnivals.)

So what is the topic and who will be involved, you’re wondering?

Without further ado…drumroll please…

It’s been 10 years today since scientists Shinya Yamanaka and Kazutoshi Takahashi announced their discovery on August 25, 2006 that adult cells could be reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to look and function like embryonic stem cells.

In the decade since their discovery, converting this science into useful treatments for diseases like heart failure or diabetes has yet to be fully realized. When do you think this technology will result in commercial products or new revolutionary medical treatments, and why?

Here is the list of people who will be blogging about the 10-year anniversary of iPSCs:

  • David Kent, Signals
  • Holly Wobma, Signals
  • Jovana Drinjakovic, Signals
  • Karen Ring, CIRM
  • Michael Cea, Msemporda
  • Lisa Willemse, OIRM/Expression
  • Nicole Forgione for OIRM/Expression
  • Samantha Payne for the Stem Cell Network
  • Joe Sornberger, Canadian Stem Cell Foundation
  • Paige Collins, McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute
  • Malgosia Pakulska, Research 2 Reality

I’m pretty excited about next week’s blog carnival and hope you are too. See you at the show.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.