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Crystal Ruff is a Canadian regenerative neuroscience researcher who appears to have a fondness for stem cells, communicating science and London, England (not necessarily in that order). She studied at the undergraduate level at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, then went overseas to complete her PhD at University College London, then it was back to Canada for a post-doc fellowship in the lab of Michael Fehlings in Toronto and now she’s back in London studying for her MBA at the London Business School. Blimey!

In her free time (???), Dr. Ruff likes to demystify stem cell science for the public as you can see from this video. She can now add TEDx speaker to her portfolio with this talk about “Changing the future with stem cells” that begins with her provocative opening statement that “stem cells are the new Internet.”

For her next career challenge, I suggest she try science writing. I might know a blog willing to have her.

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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.