Soins parentaux, inclusion sociale et santé par le vélo !

Un billet qui papillonne cette semaine, inspiré par le printemps, la vie et ses différents moments : soins parentaux en bas âge, inclusion sociale à l’adolescence et santé par le vélo à un âge avancé ! D’abord le début de la vie, donc. Celui où l’on reçoit des soins parentaux plus ou moins attentifs. On savait depuis au moins une quinzaine d’années que la qualité de ces soins induits des changements épigénétiques chez la progéniture…

Continue reading


R. capsulatus growth curves in RCV medium

My upstairs GTA colleague and I were surprised that the Bioscreen growth curves in the previous post didn't show a dip in OD600 of the GTA-overproducer strain like that seen in manual (non-automated) growth curves.  This dip is thought to be caused by the lysis of GTA-producing cells as GTA production peaks when cells hit stationary phase.We thought part of the problem might be that I used the standard YPS medium which is based on…

Continue reading


The BC SPCA Animal Behaviour Science Symposium

Two upcoming events in the BC lower mainland, featuring Chirag Patel.The BC SPCA Animal Behaviour Science Symposium will take place in Burnaby, BC, on 2nd and 3rd June 2018, featuring Chirag Patel, world-renowned behaviour and training consultant, and star of the UK TV show Nightmare Pets SOS.As well, there will be talks from Karen van Haaften DVM, Kim Monteith, Claudia Richter DVM, Rebecca Ledger PhD - and myself.I'm really looking forward to it!And before that,…

Continue reading


Right Turn: Talking gene therapies at StemCellTalks McMaster

This week (April 15-21) is National Volunteer Week. Across Canada, 12.7 million people donate their time to make Canada a better place to live. In the stem cell community, scientists, clinicians, researchers and hundreds of university students across the country work hard to make StemCellTalks a success every year. In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, thank you for your efforts to educate, inspire and engage high school students in stem cell science. CCRM has…

Continue reading


Active transportation for the win

I am very passionate about active transportation.  To me, the benefits are obvious.  In the 4 years I’ve been at my current institution, I’ve either run or biked to work most of the time.  I live about 2 miles from campus, so everyday that I bike or run to work, I get about 4 miles of activity.  I do this year-round – mostly biking in the summer and fall, and mostly running in the winter…

Continue reading


Neurogenèse dans le cerveau humain adulte ? Après le récent « non », un « oui » tout aussi affirmatif !

Je l’ai toujours dit : la science offre plus de rebondissements que n’importe quelle série sur Netflix ! D’accord, il faut pour cela s’intéresser à certains aspects de ce que nous sommes qui se situent souvent à des niveaux d’organisation rarement mis en vedette dans le merveilleux monde du cinéma, mais justement c’est ce qui fait leur intérêt… C’est le cas de la neurogenèse, c’est-à-dire la naissance de nouveaux neurones dans le cerveau humain adulte,…

Continue reading


Is Scent Enriching for Shelter Dogs?

Research investigates the effects of enrichment using the scent of coconut, vanilla, ginger and valerian.Photo: chaoss/ShutterstockAnimal shelters are stressful environments for dogs, and so anything that helps them to be less stressed is beneficial. Scientists from Hartpury University Centre tested the effects of presenting scent-infused cloths to shelter dogs. The results are promising and suggest scent enrichment may work well for shelter dogs.Study authors, John Binks and Dr Tamara Montrose, say“In our study we found…

Continue reading


Why are healthcare providers scared of exercise?

Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with a number healthcare providers to discuss the role and importance of exercise for their patients.  In those interactions, I’ve noted 2 common themes pop up on a pretty regular basis. They believe that exercise is important for their patients They are not comfortable prescribing exercise themselves, often because they worry that they may harm their patients It’s not hard to understand why healthcare…

Continue reading