By Samantha Yammine, PhD Candidate in Derek van der Kooy’s lab at the University of Toronto. See tweets live from #TMM2016 via @SamanthaZY here.
The location of this year’s annual TMM in Whistler, BC, Canada.
Last week, 430 Canadian scientists, trainees, industry professionals, science communicators and international guests gathered in the picturesque ski town of Whistler, British Columbia for the annual Till & McCulloch meeting (TMM). This is Canada’s premier conference for stem cell research, which is co-hosted by the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, the Stem Cell Network, and the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
This edition of our stem cell news bites finds a number of notable stem cell news items.
A potentially cool link between gut stem cells and microbiota is reported by Tae-Hee Kim of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. See the nifty image of the stem cells from Dr. Kim showing proliferating gut cells in green in roughly the same location where the stem cells find their home.The work mentioned relates to necrotizing enterocolitis. Note that this article mentions only mouse work so implications in humans are unclear and I could not find an associated publication so we’ll have to stay tuned to see the meaning of this development.
Dr. Tae-Hee Kim research image
Will formerly near death stem cell biotech Stem Cells Inc. ($STEM) be regenerated following its acquisition by another firm? This stem cell news has generated a lot of attention including this headline: “StemCells Inc picked up by Israeli medical devices firm.”What will $STEM shareholders get out of this? What is Microbot Medical exactly?
Stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network has reported in the News section of the apparent death of a doctor who formerly was a member of that network, Dr. Steven Gitt. Dr. Gitt offered stem cell interventions via Phoenix Stem Cell Treatment Center. I was not able to find an obituary for Dr. Gitt, although his practiceNorth Valley Plastic Surgery mentions a funeral held a few weeks ago. My condolences go out to his family.
More stem cell newson a happier note, noted stem cell researcher George Daley is the new Dean of Harvard Medical School.