Muscle repair enhanced by stem cells: new research

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 06/05/09

In a Cell Stem Cell paper released today, my team at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute demonstrated how the Wnt7a protein, signaling through the planar cell polarity pathway, controls the homeostatic levels of stem cells in muscle tissue, generating close to a 20% increase in the size of the tissue. In lay terms, this means we…Read more

Stepping forward in genomics and biomedical research

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 05/08/09

The word out of Ontario has been very positive of late. Despite the difficult financial times, the 2009-2010 provincial budget contained a number of new measures including: $300 million in new capital funds over six years for research infrastructure to be leveraged against the federal Canada Foundation for Innovation, $250 million over five years for…Read more

New Impact Research Program announces first call for applications

Author: Stem Cell Network, 05/07/09

Starting today, SCN is launching the Impact ResearchProgram, a new initiative to fund stem cell research projects that pursuequestions with high potential for impact in the areas of clinical translation,commercialization or public policy. Selection of the grants is based on the recommendations ofthe SCN Research Management Committee, and can be up to $75,000 per project forone…Read more

Strategic Research RFA: Public policy, ethics and/or social issues focus

Author: Stem Cell Network, 05/07/09

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to announce a Strategic Research funding opportunity for Public Policy and ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) research in the stem cell field. Deadline for application is August 27, 2009 for funding to begin on October 1, 2009. Please note that this competition is open to all Canadian researchers…Read more

SCN launches new website

Author: Stem Cell Network, 05/07/09

The Network’s new website is now online! Launched as part of a rebranding effort, the SCN website is the primary source of information for members, stakeholders and all those with an interest in stem cell research. The new site now includes an expanded section for the public, including new information on stem cells and disease…Read more

Stem cells going green

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/30/09

The recent discovery that human skin cells can be induced to become stem cells has exciting implications for studying disease and for future cell therapies. However, very few stem cells are normally found in these experiments. So, how do we overcome this problem? Within our lab at the Hospital for Sick Children we developed a…Read more

International stem cell environments: a world of difference

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/17/09

A publication arising out of the Lay of the Land workshop, has been published by Nature Reports Stem Cells: (2009) doi:10.1038/stemcells.2009.61. See The Lay of the Land workshop was the first key milestone for the Stem Cell Network funded project, “The Stem Cell Research Environment: Drawing the Evidence and Experience Together”, led by PI…Read more

Janet Rossant delivers Dame Anne McLaren Memorial lecture in Oxford

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/07/09

The opening line of her June 12, 2007 obituary in the London Times simply states, “Dame Anne McLaren was an exceptional scientist.” The obituary goes on to document an extraordinary career that laid a foundation for much of today’s research into genetics, stem cells and reproductive biology. However it also describes a woman who recognized the…Read more

SCN members to present at UC Tech Transfer Forum

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/06/09

Leading Canadian, Californian and British stem cell investigators will be among those presenting at the UC System-Wide Technology Transfer Forum’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine event on April 15 in San Francisco. The focus of the event will be successes, challenges and promises in regenerative medicine as well as strategies to bridge the commercialization gap….Read more