Right Turn: Video primer on stem cells better than a “Ruff” cut

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/12/14


The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is holding its IHDCYH Talks competition to feature research that falls within its mandate of improving knowledge translation and demonstrating the value of reproductive, child and youth health research in Canada. For this competition, participants were asked to produce a video for the public that presents evidence-based research. The videos are expected to have a message that will have a positive impact on the health of children, youth and families.

Crystal Ruff, in Michael Fehlings’ lab in Toronto, Canada has done just that. You can watch Dr. Ruff’s video about “Stem Cells for Developmental Injury, a Primer” below. After Dr. Ruff briefly educates the viewer about different types of stem cells, she cautions against stem cell tourism and offers some important take-away messages. There’s lots of pizza money at stake here – $5,000 for first place – so if you like what you see, please vote to support her video.

Here are more great videos in the IHDCYH Talks competition. They cover a range of topics.

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)ccrm.ca.

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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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