Congratulations to Our BCRegMed 2019 Symposium Winners!!

Winners of the BCRegMed 2019 Symposium.

Here are the winners of the BCRegMed 2019 Symposium.

Rapid Fire Presenters:
1st Place: Ashani Montgomery (Choy Lab)
2nd Place: Breanna Borys (Kallos Lab)
3rd Place: Effimia Christidi (Brunham Lab)

Poster Presenters:
1st Place: Jeremy Lotto (2nd year in a row!) (Hoodless Lab)
2nd Place: Joel Ostblom (Zandstra Lab)
3rd Place: Stephanie Campbell (Hoffman Lab) + Colin Hammond (Eaves Lab)

Thank you again to all of our judges, and to STEMCELL Technologies for their generous support!

Canadian cord-blood procedure passes key milestone in cancer trial

Continue reading at The Globe and Mail.

Researchers at U of T’s Medicine by Design scale up stem cell production

Medicine by Design researchers scaled up the production of human stem cells by growing them in large volumes of liquid, in suspension bioreactors (photo by James Poremba)

Yonatan Lipsitz became a biomedical engineer because he wanted to “see patients cured by new stem cell therapies.”

“That’s a real motivating factor for me,” says Lipsitz, a recent University of Toronto graduate whose PhD focused on growing stem cells in the lab on a much larger scale.

Continue reading at UofT News.

A Conversation With Peter Zandstra, a PhD, FRSC(E)

A Convesation With Peter Zandstra, by Ido Refaeli & Elizabeth Bulaeva

Peter Zandstra is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the Chief Technology Officer of ExCellThera, and the Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). He is a renowned stem cell scientist and has recently joined the University of British Columbia to lead the School of Biomedical Engineering and as the Director of the Michael Smith Laboratories. BCREGMEDa s Trainee Steering Committee sat down with Dr. Zandstra to discuss his scientific career, his vision for the new school of biomedical engineering and the future of regenerative medicine in BC. What follows is a paraphrased transcript of their conversation.

Continue reading at BCREGMED.

Stem cell platform engineered by U of T researchers sheds new light on beginnings of human development

PhD candidate Mukul Tewary is the lead author of a paper detailing the technology that enables human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a structure with embryo-like features (photo courtesy of Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine)

Researchers at University of Toronto’s Medicine By Design have engineered a new platform to study the earliest stages of human development in the lab, pulling back the curtain on key biological processes that until now have taken place inside the uterus, beyond the gaze of scientists.

Believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, the technology enables human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a structure with embryo-like features, including the early precursors of organs such as the brain, the heart and the liver.

Continue reading at UofT News.