Right Turn: Sad news about regenerative medicine funding in Ontario

It was announced publicly this week that the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s (OIRM) funding will not be renewed after March 2020. Closing OIRM would be a significant loss to the regenerative medicine community in Ontario, where so many of Canada’s stem cell and regenerative medicine researchers are located. Kate Allen, Toronto Star, reported the news on May 14. Ironically, this was one day before OIRM hosted its biggest event of the year: OIRM Symposium.…

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Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations

Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations Plasma Thursday, May 16, 2019 Pilar Castro One of fifteen MSM research projects being funded by Health Canada, the Feasibility of implementing source plasma with alternative screening criteria for men who have sex with men seeks to identify barriers and enablers that will inform how Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec address eligibility screening criteria in the future. Canadian Blood Services, medical director Dr. Mindy Goldman,…

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The Origins of a Naturalist

This week Dispatches from the Field is happy to welcome Megan Quinn, the Coordinator of Conservation Biology for Eastern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to share how she ended up working for the environment. Most people working in conservation have a story about how they got into the field. In my case, environmental work wasn’t my first, second, or even fifth career choice, but it did turn out to be my favourite. Although…

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Success under pressure: Helping landowners succeed with stewardship in southwestern Ontario

The Carolinian ecoregion of Canada makes up one per cent of the country’s total land mass and is limited to southwestern Ontario. The Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Program (OFBAR) at Bird Studies Canada works to ensure that the birds most at risk in this area recover before they are lost forever.

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Gerry’s Gene Scene – Monohybrid Cross

                           Friends asked me recently if there was a source of information that would provide the ‘Biology Coles Notes version for grandparents’ to help them understand what their grandchild is taking at school. This was not the first time I’ve had someone asking me for help with Biology concepts. Imagine doing a jigsaw puzzle when you don’t know what the finished picture is.…

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Three Important Ways to Give Your Pet Choices

Do you do these three things for your pet?Photo: Anetapics/ShutterstockI just went to brush my tabby cat, Harley, at the usual time of day. He was up in his cat tree and, unusually, did not come down. No matter; I can try again later as he loves to be brushed. Surprisingly, my tortoiseshell cat Melina came running to be brushed. She stood to be brushed, then laid down on her side, all the while purring…

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