Right Turn: Some knowledge sharing about Knowledge Translation – Part 1

I’m delighted that, despite the title, you’ve decided to read this post! For some academics, knowledge translation is not the most exciting aspect of their job, but it is a requirement that must be fulfilled as part of their funding obligations. No offense to those who are professionals in the field and embrace the importance of this practice. Even you know that knowledge translation isn’t always popular (but I think that’s because it isn’t really…

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What Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted and Stay in Homes?

A new literature review looks at how shelters can increase adoptions and reduce animal relinquishment.The review, by Dr. Alexandra Protopopova (Texas Tech University) and Lisa Gunter, looks at the factors that affect adoption rates, the effects of interventions, and how to decrease the numbers of people giving their dogs to shelters (or returning dogs after adoption). The review is important because it will help shelters to know about evidence-based ways to reduce the number of…

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Révolutions quant à l’origine d’Homo sapiens et de son arrivée en Amérique du Nord

Vous avez peut-être entendu parler de cette publication dans la revue Nature qui a fait beaucoup parler d’elle début juin. Et pour cause : elle a fait vieillir notre espèce, Homo sapiens, de 100 000 ans, rien que ça ! Autrement dit, on est « juste » 50% plus vieux que l’âge qu’on croyait avoir (environ 300 000 ans au lieu de 200 000). C’est une nouvelle technique de datation qui a permis de réévaluer l’âge de…

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Losing weight, increasing fitness in old age

After my last article on intermittent fasting, which you can read below, a reader contacted me to ask what can older people do to lose weight? What’s the best form of exercise? Well here’s the answer. My latest for the Montreal Gazette: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-losing-weight-increasing-fitn... **************************************** The other day I got an email from a reader who had a bone to pick with me regarding my article on intermittent fasting. He asked me why all my articles were…

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What time zone is your heart tissue In?

By Sun Ladder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsOur lives our governed by our concept of time. Whether you are relatively spontaneous or a micromanager of your daily schedule, how we coordinate our work and interactions with other people comes down to the 24-hour clock we picture in our minds. Of course, this 24-hour clock is more than just a social construct. It is engrained into our very cells.…

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Right Turn: Primers on cell therapy regulation

Understanding cell therapy regulation is an essential component of the bench to bedside pipeline. Without approval from a country’s regulator (Health Canada, FDA, EMA, PMDA, etc.), a product cannot be sold to consumers and the millions invested in research and development, manufacturing and clinical trials is media down the drain. Cell therapies present a range of challenges for regulators and, of course, for the companies developing them. In advance of an

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Bactérie de l’espace

Chronique science du 2 juin sur CIBL.   Des chercheurs ont découvert une nouvelle espèce de bactérie. Pas sur Terre, mais dans la Station spatiale internationale, à 400 km d’altitude. S’agit-il d’un nouvel Alien ? Pas selon ce que dit l’article de Aleksandra Checinska et coll. Solibacillus kalamii – c’est son petit nom – est […]

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My 20-minute workout plan

I don’t love lifting weights.  But I am currently doing my best to lift weights on a regular basis, because strength is really important for both health and quality of life.  We naturally lose muscle mass as we age, and since I don’t have a ton to begin with, this seems like a pretty important thing for me to do. Like a lot of people, I don’t have much time for lifting weights.  And yet, I’ve…

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Dr. Lawrence Bruce Robertson and blood transfusion in the trenches of World War I

Innovation150 series on the RED blog: As Canada celebrates 150 years we look back on Canadian innovations in transfusion medicine over the years.  A series of posts over the next few weeks feature remarkable Canadian progress in transfusion medicine past, present and future. #Innovation150.

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