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Those of you who’ve been following this blog regularly will know that we were in the process of building a science exhibit — we’ve published a few teasers, here and here. This week, Super Cells: The power of stem cells was unveiled in the small, historic city of Sherbrooke, Québec (well worth a visit, and not merely because of the exhibit; it also boasts good theatre, great access to a range of outdoor pursuits, and quite possibly the best cheese curds – key ingredient of poutine – in the entire province, if not the country), the first destination of a 5-year tour that will encompass Canada, California and parts of the UK and Europe.

To say that we’re pleased and proud of the exhibit might be a wee understatement. To say we don’t owe many people a lot of thanks would be… extremely rude. Thanks to: the Stem Cell Network, the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science, CIRM, CCRM, Cell Therapy Catapult, EuroStemCell and many, many more organizations and individuals who donated time, expertise and content to make this project a reality. The full Oscar speech list of thanks is included with the exhibit — if you visit it, please take the time to read it. In the meantime, here are some teaser photos:




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.