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In the early in 1960s Canadian researchers Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch first proved the existence of stem cells. Their seminal studies launched the international field of stem cell research. Since then Canadian researchers have built upon their work, developing a research enterprise that encompasses not only stem cell biology but also its application in the clinical setting, drug discovery and cell and tissue engineering.

SCN’s new speaker series, “Stem Cells from the Sofa,” is a virtual space to share scientific findings, insights and best practices related to stem cells and regenerative medicine. Presentations are broadcast live via webinar and include Q&A with the guest speaker. Below is a list of upcoming talks and recordings of previous presentations on demand.

Previous Talks on Demand

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are our bodies’ building blocks. They are different from other cells because they have the potential to differentiate into any cell type and can renew themselves, which means they can heal blood, tissue and organs.

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In the news

Dr. Jeff Biernaskie wins the 2021 Till & McCulloch Award for his outstanding research focused on wound repair and healing

October 13, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – Dr. Jeff Biernaskie, Assistant Professor in stem cell biology at the University of Calgary and a Stem Cell Network investigator has been named the 2021 Till & McCulloch Award recipient. He is recognized for his outstanding paper published in Cell Stem Cell entitled, Distinct regulatory programs control the latent …

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