Launch of “Regenerative medicine news under the microscope”

Crying organoids, just like real tear glands. From the lab of Dr. Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute. Shared with permission. Regenerative medicine news under the microscope is a new monthly feature highlighting big stories in stem cell research. I will sample the latest and greatest findings in recent press and package them into a single post. You can expect these blogs to be published at the end of each month under regular circumstances; however,…

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Rebuilding the Canadian biomanufacturing sector

  Artist’s drawing of how CCRM’s biomanufacturing facility at McMaster Innovation Park could look From the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, Canada recognized it was not ready for a pandemic. “What we were not prepared for was for the pandemic to occur when it did,” said an interviewee at a panel review of Canada’s response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. “So, it caught us off guard in that it occurred when it did, that it started…

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Harnessing the liver’s power to regenerate

This article was authored by Julie Crljen, Coordinator, Communications and Outreach at Medicine by Design, a strategic initiative that harnesses the expertise at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals to undertake transformative research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy, power Toronto’s bioscience sector, and strengthen Canada as a global leader in the field. Julie has several years of experience in communications and marketing in the public and non-profit sectors, with a focus on…

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Right Turn: How stem cells may help people with epilepsy

Is it normal to have a pet disease? Ever since I did a project on epilepsy in grade 4, I’ve had an interest in this disorder that affects one percent of the Canadian population, and worldwide there are anywhere from 50-65 million people living with epilepsy, depending on the source. (Every year, 15,500 Canadians learn they have epilepsy.) I can’t remember why I chose this topic for my assignment, but I remember that it made…

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Right Turn: Patients need to educate themselves about regenerative medicine

The more attention stem cells, cell therapies and gene therapies get, the more education there needs to be so the public can differentiate between approved and unapproved treatments. At this time, there are over 1,220 clinical trials ongoing worldwide (including tissue engineered products). According to the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine[1], there are 152 Phase III clinical trials and regulatory decisions are expected on multiple products in the coming months. In Canada, there are five approved…

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Right Turn: Heart attacks, stroke and regenerative medicine

The month of March recognizes World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation (March 4, find helpful information and resources), International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month so there’s a lot of focus on women right now. It seems like a good time to talk about women’s health. Heart attacks and strokes happen to both women and men, but they can present very differently. See below for an infographic on heart attack symptoms…

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Right Turn: Science and art help us see coronavirus in novel way

A new science art show premiers today online and runs until April 30th, 2021. Radha Chaddha, a Toronto-based visual artist, and cell and molecular biologist, has created a virtual exhibit that explores the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as told through light and dance. With funding from the Government of Ontario, the piece is being presented at the Aga Khan Museum and is entitled IAM: Dance of the Molecules. For those readers who may not…

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Three tips for navigating a career transition from academia to industry

photo credit: CCRM I spent over a decade (12.5 years to be exact) getting university degrees in life sciences. Let’s also not forget the 4.5 years I spent as a post-doctoral fellow. All told, I have 17 years of experience as an academic trainee. When I finally decided to make the jump from academia to industry, I was faced with the daunting challenge of moving into a world where, honestly, I had very little experience.…

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Right Turn: A sisterhood of scientists

“Science is for everyone – especially you. It doesn’t matter where you start in life, what your circumstances are, science needs you. Go forth, make magic happen, follow your dreams, and let science lead you there.” – Dr. Mayim Bialik “By all means, if you have passion and you have interest, pursue that interest. Don’t be dissuaded by any negative thoughts that someone might put in your way.” – Dr. Mojgan Hodaie “You have to…

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It’s better with friends: Building a life sciences ecosystem in Canada that’s a Notch above the rest

December 2018. A meeting of Notch’s founding team at CCRM’s office in Toronto. Canada is a country that prides itself on “punching above its weight.” We use this metaphor all the time to describe how we succeed in given situations despite our limitations. Although it’s a cliché, it remains a point of pride for Canadians. For example, in the regenerative medicine field in Canada we excel at punching above our weight. Despite our small population,…

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