Nov 2014

Tricky science made simple, part V

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Recently, we posted about the release of another StemCellShorts video: “What is a retinal stem cell?” narrated by Dr. Derek van der Kooy. Stem Cell Shorts is a series of short informative videos produced by Ben Paylor, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Mike Long, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

Dr. van der Kooy, professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto, who discovered retinal stem cells in 2000 narrates the video.

Dr. van der Kooy and his team have been able to transplant retinal stem cells into the eyes of visually impaired mice and have shown that the tissue regenerated to develop better sight in the animals. Dr. van der Kooy’s hope is to treat degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa in the next ten years.

The new video is co-sponsored by the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and the Stem Cell Network.

All the videos — including “What is a stem cell?” narrated by Dr. Jim Till, “What are embryonic stem cells?” voiced by Dr. Janet Rossant, “What are induced pluripotent stem cells?” narrated by Dr. Mick Bhatia, “What is stem cell tourism?” voiced by Prof. Timothy Caulfield, “What is a cancer stem cell?” narrated by Dr. John Dick and “What is a retinal stem cell?” – are now available on the Foundation’s You Tube channel. Click here to view them.

Two final instalments of the series, “What is a blood stem cell?” narrated by Dr. Connie Eaves and “What is a neural stem cell?” narrated by Dr. Sam Weiss are currently in production.

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