Stem Cell Network receives $12M and launches three new funding programs

May 25, 2016

Established in 2001, the Stem Cell Network (SCN) has become Canada’s foremost research organization dedicated to enabling the translation of stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products and public policy. SCN is led by Dr. Michael Rudnicki and is co-hosted by The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. In March 2016 the Government of Canada provided SCN with an additional $12M over two years to fund outstanding translational research in the stem cell research and regenerative medicine fields. As a result, SCN has quickly moved to launch three new funding programs and hopes to see funds flow to the research community before the year is out. Over the last 15 years, SCN has catalyzed more than 12 clinical trials, enabled 11 start-up companies and provided training to more than 2,000 researchers across the country.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe.

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Jennifer Ganton
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Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
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