Apr 2016

Stem Cells 101: Forums offer hype-free facts

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If everything you’ve ever heard was true, cure-all stem cells would soon be available at your corner drug store or clinic.…

If everything you’ve ever heard was true, cure-all stem cells would soon be available at your corner drug store or clinic.

But it’s not that simple.

Which is why the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine is co-sponsoring Stem Cells 101 — a series of free public events in four Ontario cities beginning next week.

The sessions, held in partnership with Western University, McMaster University, SickKids Research Institute, the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital, are geared to provide the general public with hype-free, up-to-date, science-based information on stem cells and regenerative medicine: Such as:

  • What are these incredible cells?
  • What stem cell therapies are currently available and what’s on the horizon?
  • How are we getting to the next big breakthrough and what are the societal considerations for this research?

The sessions feature top Canadian researchers and clinicians explaining their work and talking about the potential and possibilities. Here’s the lineup:

Tuesday, April 19: London
7-9 pm at Western University More information

Stem cells: Powerful tools for regenerative medicine. Dr. David Hess, scientist in the Molecular Medicine Research Group and Krembil Centre for Stem Cell Biology at Robarts Research Institute.

Can I please have a stem cell injection doc? Dr. Alan Getgood, orthopedic surgeon at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London.

The ethics of stem cell research. Dr. Carolyn McLeod, professor of philosophy and an affiliate member of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University.

Thursday, April 21: Hamilton 
6-9 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton More information

Stem cells: Where they live and how they work. Dr Jonathan Draper, associate professor in McMaster University’s Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

Being patient: How stem cells are impacting treatment options. Dr. Sheila Singh, associate professor of surgery and biochemistry at McMaster University.

Hype vs reality. Dr. Mick Bhatia, Scientific Director and Senior Scientist of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University.

Tuesday, April 26: Toronto
6-8 pm at the Peter Gilgan Centre (SickKids) More information

Stem cells: What they are and what they can do. Dr. Cindi  Morshead, Chair of the Division of Anatomy at the University of Toronto.

Stem cells for the critically iIl: Promise and potential. Dr. John Laffey, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

Introduction to the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding stem cells. Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu, assistant professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Tuesday, May 10: Ottawa
7-8:30 pm at The Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus) More information

A crash course in stem cell biology. Dr. William (Bill) L. Stanford, senior scientist at the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital.

Stem cells in medicine: Today and tomorrow. Dr. Harold Atkins, physician with The Ottawa Hospital’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

Ethical issues in stem cell research and application. Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association.


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