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Stem Cells 101 brings Ottawa researchers together to answer questions from the public

May 18, 2016



What is a stem cell? What kinds of treatments are using stem cells today? What is stem cell tourism? These are just a few of the questions tackled by Drs. Bill Stanford, Harold Atkins and Jeff Blackmer in a recent panel discussion at The Ottawa Hospital. More than 100 members of the public came out to the event, which was organized by Dr. Jing Wang and moderated by Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis on behalf of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM). CBC Ottawa also attended and interviewed the researchers, noting that Ottawa is becoming a major hub for stem cell research – on par with California – thanks to a collaborative approach. The Stem Cell Foundation also wrote a blog about the event and wrote about Ottawa’s strength in stem cell research in its recent newsletter (which also includes interviews with Drs. Bernard Thébaud and Lauralyn McIntyre). OIRM also organized similar events in Toronto, Hamilton and London.

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Jennifer Ganton
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-798-5555 x 73325
Cell: 613-614-5253
jganton@ohri.ca