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More than 450 people were in Toronto, Canada, this week to attend the 2015 Till & McCulloch Meetings. As you would expect from Canada’s premier stem cell conference, there was great science, interesting debates, multiple awards, talks by industry and lots of valuable networking.

I did my best to follow some of the basic science talks, but found the industry and ELSI (ethical, legal and social implications) presentations more my speed (and in English, rather than “science”). But don’t despair. Signals bloggers, who do appreciate the nuances of the science, were there to report on some of the talks that grabbed their attention. Watch this space as those posts will appear soon. If you are interested, here’s the program with the names of the speakers and their talk titles.

I wasn’t on the lookout for good content for Right Turn, but I nevertheless found something. It is unique and clever and cheesy. And I mean that in the nicest way. This video, by conference sponsor STEMCELL Technologies, captures the tone and production quality of the original that it is parodying. It should be enjoyable to Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at) We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.

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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.