Right Turn: Stem cells, elite athletes and adventurous eaters

I’m sold. I just watched a fantastic documentary called The Game Changers and I am ready to significantly reduce my meat intake. It may take time to be completely animal-free, but I can certainly consume less meat and farmed fish. I predict that when this documentary gets worldwide distribution, probably in September 2019, it will have an impact on meat consumption patterns and stem cell meat will gain notoriety, again. The Game Changers is a…

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Retinal degenerative diseases theme of StemCellTalks 2019

StemCellTalks 2019 at the University of Toronto Eleni Kanavas is a science communicator with more than eight years of work experience in the academic and health science fields. She is the Acting Communications Specialist at CCRM. She completed her Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Toronto and previously worked at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. The first time I heard about macular degeneration was over a decade…

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International Women’s Day: Why does representation matter in Canadian research?

Today is International Women’s Day. This year, the theme is “think equal, build smart, and innovate for change,” to ensure that women’s needs and experiences are considered when it comes to innovation. While real progress has been made when it comes to gender equality, there is still much to be done to address the disadvantages, discrimination and barriers that women face today. In fact, the UN points out that based on current projections, existing efforts…

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Without new funding, key part of Canada’s stem cell research ecosystem to close

Cindi Morshead is a professor and chair of the anatomy division of the Department of Surgery with the University of Toronto, with appointments in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Sowmya Viswanathan is an affiliate scientist with the Krembil Research Institute through the University Health Network, and an assistant professor at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. This article first appeared in The Hill…

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Medicine by Design-funded researchers devise new strategy to improve the safety of cell therapies

Please click here to read the original version of the article that first appeared on Medicine by Design’s site and is reprinted with permission. The article has been edited slightly for length. Finding inspiration from an unlikely source – a contagious facial cancer that has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population in southern Australia – a Medicine by Design team project led by Andras Nagy has devised an answer for one of the most pressing questions in cell…

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Right Turn: Curing Canavan Disease with gene therapy

Rare diseases are defined as such because the number of people affected by them is considered very low. Depending on which country you live in, that number will change. There are so many rare diseases in the world that if you add up the number of people living with one, it’s no longer a small number. In the United States, 25-30 million people are estimated to live with a rare disease. I had never heard…

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Meet Dr. Heidi Gardner: the force behind Science On A Postcard

Farah Qaiser is a graduate student at the University of Toronto, where her research involves whole-genome sequencing of patients with neurological disorders. When not in the lab, Farah dabbles in various science communication, policy and outreach initiatives. You can find Farah live-tweeting Toronto’s many science events at @this_is_farah or speed-reading (yet another) dystopian novel on her commute home. Dr. Gardner is known for her signature “Scientist” pink enamel pin Dr. Heidi Gardner is exploring science blogging practices through a WCMT fellowship In early January,…

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Right Turn: Are we facing a COGs crisis? A recap of Phacilitate 2019

Welcome reception on the patio, just one of many networking opportunities There is no denying that the joining of Phacilitate Leaders World and World Stem Cell Summit has resulted in a grand buffet of tasty treats to appeal to an assortment of consumers. For the second year, the two conferences have attracted academics, industry, government, bioethicists, regulators and philanthropists to Miami, Florida, for talks, partnering, networking, awards and advocacy. This year’s event was reported to…

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The great experiment: CAR T in Canada

September 5th, 2018, marked a momentous day for Canadian health care as Novartis announced Health Canada’s approval of Kymriah, the first genetically manipulated cell therapy to be approved in Canada. With the ability of CAR Ts like Kymriah to treat and, potentially cure, otherwise hard-to-treat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, Canadian taxpayers will finally reap the rewards of years of intensive, publicly-funded research. Despite an exciting debut, the approval of cell therapies in Canada…

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Right Turn: Please read this blog

  You know how you’ve made a resolution for 2019 that will make you a better, happier person? Well did you know last Friday (January 12) was the day when most people give up on their resolutions, according to the Independent, reporting on a new study? Signals isn’t a person, so it doesn’t get caught up in the hype around making a new year’s resolution. However, it does fall prey to the temptation for self-improvement.…

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