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Looking for something to do this weekend? Got something to say or show about stem cells? How about one of following — each of them gives you an opportunity to win and/or gain exposure:

Write an essay on “Why I want to go to ISSCR 2014”. Fellow blogger Paul Knoepfler launched this just yesterday in association with the International Society for Stem Cell Research, with a free conference registration as the prize, but you’ve only got a week to get it done. See Paul’s blog for full details.

Send your best (stem cell) science photo to Scientific American’s “What is it?” competition. This one closes on May 27, so time to surf through your archives or pull out your camera.  See details and photo requirements on the SciAm website.

Share your research with 400+ of your Canadian peers. The 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings is accepting abstracts for consideration for travel awards until June 2 — selected abstracts will be given travel and registration to the Meetings in Ottawa this October. Details on the Till & McCulloch website. 

To help get you inspired, a couple of pics of Ottawa: a panoramic view of the city, looking at the Parliament buildings from across the Ottawa River (photo: G. Baranski, Wikimedia Commons) and one of the city’s more arresting sculptures, Maman, who live outside the National Gallery (photo: John Talbot, Wikimedia Commons). 

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Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)


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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.