September 2010

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Sep 2010
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Standing Tall

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Derek Punchard was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 1999. The cancer spread to his abdomen and lungs. He was treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in 2000 and underwent a stem cell transplant.…

Derek Punchard was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 1999. The cancer spread to his abdomen and lungs. He was treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in 2000 and underwent a stem cell transplant.

He now lives a normal and happy life with his wife Christine and their two young sons, Cole 6 and Blake 4, in Huntsville, Ontario. In his spare time Derek is a volunteer firefighter and active in community initiatives.

Derek’s experience is a powerful reminder of how stem cells are transforming lives, and you can hear his story at the “Celebrate Science” event being held by the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine tomorrow in Toronto.

Attend the Scientific Symposium from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. It’s open to the public but you need to Reserve your seat quickly (seating is limited). Or send us your questions about how stem cells are helping to heal people like Derek.

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Looking for a Hero? Try “Celebrate Science”

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Chris Jarvis is an Olympic rower and member of Canada’s National Rowing Team.  In the summer of 2004 Chris represented Canada at the Olympics in Greece.…

Chris Jarvis is an Olympic rower and member of Canada’s National Rowing Team.  In the summer of 2004 Chris represented Canada at the Olympics in Greece. He was a gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games. Impressed? It gets better

Chris has lived with Type 1 diabetes since he was 14 years old. And if there was ever a champion for people with diabetes to succeed in high-performance athletics, it’s got to be Chris.

Meanwhile he speaks on behalf of all individuals who hope to be liberated from constant blood glucose monitoring and insulin treatment, and the reality of diabetes’ cumulative damage to kidneys, heart, eyes, and limbs.

Chris is one of the extraordinary people that will be part of “Celebrate Science” held by the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine on Thursday September 23rd in Toronto.

Want to get involved? You can attend the Scientific Symposium from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. It’s open to the public but you need to Reserve your seat quickly (seating is limited). Or send us your questions about how stem cells are helping people with diabetes.

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Want to meet Lisa Ray? (It’s rhetorical. Who wouldn’t?)

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Lisa Ray is an actor, model, philanthropist and writer with an international career in Canada, the US, and India. Her films include Oscar-nominated Water, Defender and Cooking with Stella.…

Lisa Ray is an actor, model, philanthropist and writer with an international career in Canada, the US, and India. Her films include Oscar-nominated Water, Defender and Cooking with Stella.

In June 2009 she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that usually strikes people in their 60s. In February 2010, following stem cell transplantation Lisa announced that she is cancer free.

Lisa will be sharing her experience at the “Celebrate Science” event being held by the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine on Thursday September 23rd in Toronto.

Get involved! Attend the Scientific Symposium from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. It’s open to the public but you need to Reserve your seat quickly (seating is limited). Or send us your questions about how stem cells are transforming lives.

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What Would You Ask?

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September 23rd is Celebrate Science Day and the McEwen Centre has a great line-up of events.

At last year’s Celebrate Science Day, a Research Roundtable provided patients with Parkinson’s disease with the latest research findings.…

September 23rd is Celebrate Science Day and the McEwen Centre has a great line-up of events.

At last year’s Celebrate Science Day, a Research Roundtable provided patients with Parkinson’s disease with the latest research findings. Later in the day, Michael J. Fox announced the launch of the Canadian arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and sat down with the Hour’s George Strombolopolous to talk about stem cells, research funding and living with Parkinson’s. This was followed by a musical performance by Bryan Adams. Pretty impressive for a first event.

This year’s event will be just as action-packed. The theme for the day is The Stem Cell Healthcare Revolution and You, and will focus on the impacts of stem cell science on Canadians today, and into the future.

Events include a public symposium in the afternoon, featuring talks from several McEwen Centre scientists and patients who have benefited from stem cell treatments and features actress and activist Lisa Ray (Bollywood/Hollywood) speaking about her life-saving stem cell transplant. An all-day Science Fair will feature exhibits on research taking place at the centre.

Even if you’re not attending, you can participate by sending us questions for any of the presenters. We’ll pass them along and post responses the day after the event.

What kind of questions can you ask? Anything you want. The questions will be answered by scientists, patients and doctors, so be creative. Post your questions below, or send your questions to us by email, or post them on Facebook or twitter.

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Celebrate Stem Cell Science

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One of the key mandates of the Foundation is to raise awareness about stem cell science. One way we do that is by working closely with organizations that are leading the science and transforming the lives of patients — and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine is a great case in point.…

One of the key mandates of the Foundation is to raise awareness about stem cell science. One way we do that is by working closely with organizations that are leading the science and transforming the lives of patients — and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine is a great case in point. Their annual “Celebrate Science” Day (which takes place on September 23rd) showcases the progress being made and the lives being changed. We think they’ve got it just right and are pleased to be working with them to extend the reach and impact of this event. 

Based in Toronto’s Discovery District, the McEwen Centre is a world-renowned institution for stem cell research (read more in Collaborating for Cures). They also host some fantastic events.

We’re happy to lend our voice to “Celebrate Science” and present you with a chance to interact with some of the event’s speakers, such as the Director of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine Gordon Keller, and actress and activist Lisa Ray (Bollywood/Hollywood).

We’ll be posting updates on this event and others, news about research advancements and profiles of McEwen Centre projects on our blog throughout the month. Follow along and join us as we celebrate stem cell science and support this important research centre.

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Collaborating for Cures at the McEwen Centre

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It was 1961 when Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered stem cells at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, paving the way for the field of regenerative medicine.…

It was 1961 when Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered stem cells at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, paving the way for the field of regenerative medicine. Now, almost 50 years later, that field is one of the most exciting areas of science and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine is helping push it forward.

The McEwen Centre continues to support the field of stem cell science, and one of the more exciting events they hold is Celebrate Science — a day-long annual event focused on raising awareness for the field. This year, Celebrate Science is being held on Thursday, September 23rd. To learn more about the McEwen Centre, visit their website. Meet the Centre’s researchers, read about the areas they are researching and find out how you can get involved.

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