Diabetes research in Canada: 100 years later

  2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin – a Canadian breakthrough that has saved the lives of countless people with diabetes. It seems only fitting that 100 years later, we take a moment to reflect on how far Canadian diabetes research has come, with a focus on stem cells and regenerative medicine of course! Diabetes is a disorder where the body’s cells are unable to process glucose (sugar) properly. Normally, the…

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Journal de bord de Notre cerveau à tous les niveaux – #1 : Vue d’ensemble du livre

Pour souligner les 20 ans du Cerveau à tous les niveaux ce mois-ci, j’ai résumé la semaine dernière sa genèse et son évolution, du site web au blogue, et des conférences au livre ! Au livre ? Y’a-t-il un livre associé au Cerveau à tous les niveaux ? Non, pas encore. Mais tout porte à croire qu’il y en aura un quand la Terre aura fait un autre tour autour du Soleil ! Car comme…

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(Repost) Stubbed Toes and Blood Owies: Footprint Pathologies in Theropod Dinosaurs

Hello, Dear Readers! Here is another post going into the highlights of one of our more recent papers dealing with dinosaur ichnology: the study of foot injuries in the fossil record! Have you ever stubbed your toe? Pulled a muscle in your leg? Walked anywhere with a rock in your shoe? It doesn’t take major discomfort to figure out that foot and leg injuries can result in you walking “funny.” Perhaps you had to hop…

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Interview with an ermine

Ermine. Photo by TessaLuna. Pixabay Licence. https://pixabay.com/images/id-4312983/ Amelia: What a gorgeous winter day to walk along the river. The contrast between the white snow and the dark rocks is breathtaking. Wait, that pile of snow is moving. Now it’s jumping from rock to rock. I can’t believe it- it’s an ermine! Ermine: Calm down lady, haven’t you ever seen an ermine before? We live literally everywhere in Canada. A: Wow, I had no idea you…

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Welcome to 2022

Two weeks into 2020-too – how is everyone doing? It’s been a mixed bag for me so far. In the YAAAAAAY column, I got my COVID booster (woo vaccines! woo science!) and The Boreal Forest won the 2021 Information Book Award!   Kermit GIF from Kermit GIFs Thank you so much to the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada for this honour! Also, every book on the shortlist is awesome, so check them out. In the…

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Unlocking stem cells’ full potential for treating multiple sclerosis – Highs, lows and future opportunities from OHRI’s MESEMS trial

Image credit: Signals Cells that are programmed to protect can sometimes go rogue, as is the case with multiple sclerosis, or MS. Overactive immune cells mistakenly target the tissues of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, igniting inflammatory flare-ups that destroy myelin, a fatty insulating material that encapsulates nerve fibres. Over time, nerves lose their ability to transmit signals, and mobility, cognitive functions and vision take a serious hit. There is no known cure…

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