Right Turn: Hurray for tissue engineering!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/11/16
"Marcia" and "Jan" from the Brady Bunch, 1972

“Marcia” and “Jan” from the Brady Bunch, 1972

Tissue engineering is a key part of regenerative medicine (RM), but it sometimes feels like the poor cousin of stem cells. The Jan to big sister Marcia.

That won’t be the case at the upcoming 10th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC2016), happening May 17-22 in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been 20 years since this event was held in Canada and excitement is building. With over 1,200 oral presentations, 2,400 poster presentations and 3,500 abstracts representing 60 countries, expect the roles to be reversed. (You should also expect the offices and labs at IBBME to be pretty empty that week, along with relevant departments and institutes across Canada.)

This conference will bring the global biomaterials community together and provide an opportunity for Canada’s world-class scientists and engineers to shine.

At the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), we like biomaterials and tissue engineering. We are playing a role at WBC2016 by hosting a workshop on commercializing tissue engineering. We have invited RM leaders we work with to discuss tissue engineering, the “career of the future” as predicted by Time magazine in 2000. So where are we 16 years later? I invite you to register and find out.

By the way, my hunch about tissue engineering is supported if you look at these figures from Google – a very (un)scientific approach, I know.

Search terms:

  • tissue engineering (6,910,000)
  • biomaterials (8,210,000),
  • cell therapies (7,460,000)
  • stem cells (54,400,000)
  • cell manufacturing (250,000,000)

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the newest of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a step in the right direction, has produced a helpful video about tissue engineering and how it works. Show your appreciation for tissue engineering with a click and 60 seconds of your time.


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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.
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