Companion Animal Psychology News October 2017

Make sure you  haven't missed a thing with the latest newsletter from Companion Animal Psychology.Some of my favourites from around the web this monthKate Mornement PhD has written a great series about enrichment, starting with Wild at Heart: Why enrichment is essential for your pets’ well-being and with lots of ideas for enrichment for dogs  and for cats."Laterality is an ancient inherited characteristic and is widespread in the animal kingdom, in both vertebrates and invertebrates." I’ve…

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Right Turn: Genes are this season’s hottest trend

In what feels like back-to-back news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two gene therapies for cancer. The actual announcements happened seven weeks apart, but for patients, manufacturers, investors and shareholders, it’s like Christmas – over and over again. As you probably know, Novartis’ Kymriah was approved at the end of August to treat pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). On Wednesday (October 18), Kite’s Yescarta was given the green light…

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Lock-In for Love

You can help the animals at the BC SPCA Maple Ridge by donating to Lock-In for Love.The animals are getting worried.On Sunday, October 22nd, staff, volunteers and local celebrities will be locked into kennels with a furry friend.They have to raise bail money to get out.All of the funds raised will help the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.But what if they don’t raise bail? The animals are worried their dinners may be late…You can help now…

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Two New Posts: Dog Walking and Favourites

Two posts look at dog walking behaviour and my personal favourite blog posts.This week I have two new posts for you.At my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures, I look at some new research on the links between dog ownership, dog walking, physical health, and the human-animal bond.“What I was excited about were the associations we found between the strength of the bond with the dog and dog-walking behaviour,” said Dr. Jessica Bibbo, one of the…

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Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3) workshop: Translating science into the clinic

Shreya Shukla is a Development Scientist at CCRM. Her scientific interests lie at the intersection of T cell immunotherapy, gene editing and stem cell bioengineering. Shreya obtained her BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and PhD from Dr. Peter Zandstra’s laboratory at University of Toronto (UofT) focusing on the scalable generation of progenitor T cells from pluripotent stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells. Her interests in science communication and education inspired her…

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My own donation journey…

In this six-part series, Dr. Jeannie Callum, a hospital-based transfusion specialist, shares her real-life experience witnessing the impact of blood donation on patient lives. She provides some fascinating insight into blood transfusion, past and present, and emphasizes the need for male donors and why some donors may be safer for patients. Read the complete series here.

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Le cerveau dynamique : l’apport de la physique du chaos

Comme je l’ai présenté ici le 11 septembre dernier, voici le résumé d’un aspect de mon cours #5 de l’université du troisième âge (UTA) que je donnerai demain à Longueuil et lundi prochain à St-Bruno (le pdf de la présentation sera disponible ici dès jeudi). J’ai déjà détaillé pas mal le contenu de ce cours sur les rythmes cérébraux l’automne passé dans le cadre de mon cours sur la « cognition incarnée ». Je vous invite donc à…

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Thinking about Gene Transfer Agent

I'm at Dartmouth for three months, working with Olga Zhaxybayeva's group to improve our evolutionary understanding of Gene Transfer Agent.  I'm writing an R-script simulation of the genetic exchange it causes (finally learning R), but my control runs with epistasis don't give the expected results.  So I'm writing this post and creating a Powerpoint deck to clarify my thinking.First, what's Gene Transfer Agent?  A number of different kinds of bacteria produce 'transducing particles' called Gene…

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Right Turn: This is us

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog thinking you will be reading about the attractive and talented cast of the popular 2016 TV show on NBC, I suspect you will be very disappointed. While there is video for you below, you will not see any rippling muscles and you don’t need to have any tissues handy (although patient Jocelyne Cormier could leave you feeling verklempt.) Please stick around to watch CCRM’s corporate video. We put a…

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RMConnectTO: Building networks to advance regenerative medicine

Most people will tell you they hate networking. No matter how much we might dread awkward chit chat, networking and relationship building are key contributors to success, regardless of industry or job title. Because commercializing regenerative medicine (RM) technologies depends on collaboration across diverse sectors, relationship building is critical. With this in mind, RMConnectTO was developed as a concept that we jokingly code named the “Big, Fun, Event.” Hosted by CCRM and held on September…

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