Jan 2011

A very sad loss – Stem Cell Pioneer Ernest A. McCulloch passes away

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It is with great sadness that we honour the life and extraordinary contributions of Dr. Ernest “Bun” McCulloch who passed away on Thursday, January 20th, 2011.

Dr. McCulloch, along with his close friend and colleague, Dr. James Till, was a pioneer in the field of stem cell research. In fact, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by Drs. Till & McCulloch—a Canadian discovery of which we should all be very proud.

The legacy of this work has led to extraordinary advances in the field of medicine and how we treat disease. Stem cell science is already transforming how we care for people facing chronic diseases and its potential is only just being realized. The years ahead hold tremendous promise in how we heal those we love.

Scientists around the world can trace their “lineage” to Dr. McCulloch, and as their work progresses, so too does his influence.

We extend our warmth and sympathy to his family and many friends and colleagues. We recognize the impact Dr. McCulloch made during his lifetime, as well as the many impacts that are still to come as a result of his work.

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