Right Turn: Why you should vote for Stem Cell Person of the Year

Author: Lisa Willemse, 10/10/14

We assume there is no real argument to be made here. It’s more than just popularity or who has been in the news most often over the past year. The annual call for nominations and the selection of Stem Cell Person of the Year by readers of Paul Knoepfler’s blog – a.k.a. the stem cell community at large – is about supporting science and recognizing those people who have put their efforts into moving stem cell research forward, helping us understand it better, opening doors for more opportunities or treatments, or breaking down barriers.

There are many deserving individuals on this year’s list of 24, and many more who perhaps should be there. But there are two that we’d like to profile: Janet Rossant and Peter Zandstra. Yes, we’re advocating for these two in part because we’re biased Canadians supporting our own. But we also happen to believe they are worthy of the recognition. So go vote. Now. And if you need some help deciding, we’ve included a video and podcast of our two esteemed candidates for consideration.

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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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.
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