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Mar 2016
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Cell therapy: what’s myth and what’s reality?

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Can stem cells slow down aging? Can our own immune cells fight cancer? Will novel cell therapies revolutionize medicine?

These and other intriguing and provocative questions will be addressed at the March 24th Information Day on Cell Therapy at the Ottawa Westin Hotel. Organized by the CellCAN Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network in partnership with BioCanRx Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment, the goal of the event is to separate myth from reality in cell therapy.

The information session, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Westin’s Governor General Ballroom, is free and the general public is welcome. Highlight of the day will be a panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. featuring:

  • Tina Ceroni, whose life-threatening Stiff Person Syndrome was successfully treated by bone marrow stem cell transplants;
  • Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, Director of the National Public Cord Blood Bank;
  • Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre, a physician/researcher at the Ottawa Hospital who is investigating how stem cells can improve outcomes in septic shock;
  • Dr Kelley Parato, the Director of Scientific Affairs at BioCanRx who is working to turn immune cells into weapons to kill cancer cells; and
  •  Dr Bernard Thébaud, a neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and a senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute whose team is developing stem cell treatments for babies with life-threatening lung diseases.

Information booths will be set up in the ballroom and co-sponsors include the Ottawa Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Canadian Blood Services, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, the University of Ottawa and the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.

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