ONTARIO INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE: STEM CELLS INKED EPISODE 2

BACKSTORY

In this episode of Stem Cells Inked, doctoral student Samantha Payne discusses the challenges of treating stroke.  Although therapies are available, they aren’t as effective as one might hope.  Injecting healthy cells into an injured brain represents one option to treat stroke.  But, these cells are subjected to hostile conditions, and many of them die.  At the University of Toronto, Samantha works with advisor Molly Shoichet to come up with alternative therapies.  The lab has discovered a biomaterial that, when injected with healthy cells, offers improvements over existing methods in animal models.   When injected cells survive and form connections with existing cells, the injured brain is more likely to heal.

Just one example of the fascinating work young Canadian researchers are doing with stem cells.

This is the second video in the Stem Cells Inked series.  To see a more detailed write up of this project and my involvement in this exciting collaboration, take a look at the case study. 

STEM CELLS INKED – EPISODE 2 STORYBOARD