Stem Cell Videos

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Why are Mesenchymal “Stem” Cells So Controversial? (Part 1)
This was Part 1 of a mini-series I did on mesenchymal stem cells—a contentious part of the stem cell field.
Posted on December 22, 2023
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Mesenchymal "Stem" Cells: A Deep Dive (Part 2)
This was Part 2 of a mini-series I did on mesenchymal stem cells—a contentious part of the stem cell field.
Posted on January 6, 2024
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The Life Story of the Stem Cell
Posted on October 14, 2022 on the Gairdner Foundation’s YouTube Channel
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Cancer Stem Cells: A (Fairly) Complete Introduction
Posted on August 17, 2022
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An Animated Introduction to Stem Cells
Posted on February 27, 2022 on the CARRM UofT YouTube Channel (in collaboration with Lori Li)
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Organoids: Everything You Need To Know
Posted May 28, 2021 in collaboration with the International Society for Stem Cell Research
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Stem Cells in 6 Minutes
Posted Oct. 2, 2020
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Stem Cell Proliferation & Differentiation At Home!
Posted Feb. 16, 2021
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Novel Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease
Posted Dec. 22, 2021

Stem Cell Articles

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Synthetic Embryos: The Next Frontier in Studying Development
Recently, in August 2022, a mind-blowing (and somewhat ethically challenging) stem cell advancement occurred — stem cells were used to create synthetic mouse embryos in the lab until 8.5 days after fertilization. The crazy part? Scientists didn’t need to use egg cells, or sperm cells, and an artificial environment was used rather than a womb.
Published on the blog of the Ontario Youth Medical Society
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Modelling the Heart in a Dish
Heart disease is sadly ubiquitous — roughly 2.6 million Canadians over 20 have been diagnosed with heart disease and by the time you finish reading this post, one of these Canadians has passed away. Fortunately, recent advances in biomedical research have made studying and finding treatments for heart disease infinitely easier than before. So join me as we enter the fascinating world of organoids — a fairly new model being used to study heart disease.
Published on the blog of the Ontario Youth Medical Society
Photo by Josh Riemer
 on Unsplash
Photo by Josh Riemer on Unsplash
Good Memory or Bad Memory? How Your Brain Decides.
Associating memories with good and bad feelings is something we do daily without a second thought. However, scientists have been working hard to discern how the brain is able to assign positive or negative feelings to certain memories, and how this may play a role in disorders where this process is overactive such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Published on the website of the New York Stem Cell Foundation
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Stem cells’ role in better understanding schizophrenia
Stem cells are often discussed in the context of regeneration and physical illnesses but how about their role in mental illness? That’s what I explore in this blog with a focus on schizophrenia.
Published in Signals (the blog of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine)
Modeling the Body on a Few USB Sticks: The Power of Organs-on-Chips
Organs-on-chips are small devices, the size of USB sticks, and are made up of two major components: a clear, flexible, porous membrane and living human cells, which are often derived from stem cells.
Published on the blog of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
Created with BioRender.com
Created with BioRender.com
Combining Senolytics and Cell Therapy for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Let’s explore combining senolytics, small molecules that target and induce apoptosis in senescent cells, and using a cell therapy such as MSK-DA01.
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How Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s Affect Mental Health: And How Stem Cells Can Help
When you think of a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, your first thought will likely be about motor issues or dementia. But what if I told you that many neurodegenerative disease patients also, unfortunately, experience declines in their mental health? This can be due to the difficulties that come with living a life with such a disease and the outcomes of these diseases. Let’s explore why this occurs and some ways that stem cells are helping with neurodegenerative diseases.
Published on the blog of the Ontario Youth Medical Society
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Unpacking a 27-year-old Panel Report on Human Embryo Research
We’re going all the way back to 1994 when the National Institutes of Health Human Embryo Research Panel came out with the Report of the Human Embryo Research Panel, September 1994 and we’ll construct a puzzle of the ethics surrounding embryo research and how it’s changed over time.
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Here’s how your brain stem cells can turn back time.
We can make regular adult stem cells into cells that can turn into any cell type in the entire body. That’s great and all but we’ve only been able to do this in vitro, in a lab. Now, what if I told you that a process similar to this already exists in the body?
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Answering All Of Your Stem Cell Questions: Rapid Fire
I crowdsourced a bunch of questions around stem cells and then attempted to answer them as simply as possible. No jargon, no fluff, just explaining topics as simply as possible.
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Twins Separated At Birth: The Story of Asymmetric Cell Division
You’ve probably heard of mitosis and meiosis but what if I told you that a specific type of cell division has been hidden from you all this time? Cells DON’T always divide into two identical cells and it’s the reason why we’re still alive.
Credit: Hacker Noon
Credit: Hacker Noon
Gene Editing x Stem Cells: The Future of Biology
Combine gene editing and stem cells and you’ve got a very controversial phrase on your hand. So let’s step back from that and take a look at the science of both.
 

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