If you want to solve a problem, you have to understand it. When it comes to human health, the problems – diseases – can be complex. This is where research comes in. Scientific research allows us to deconstruct these complex problems, and develop the understanding needed to devise solutions – therapies. In order to conduct […]


Publishing in Nature is an achievement for anyone, but it’s truly an exceptional achievement for an early career investigator. Our own Dr. Kristin Hope recently accomplished this exceptional achievement with her April 2016 publication, “Musashi-2 attenuates AHR signaling to expand human hematopoietic stem cells.” Following our profile of the study itself, we’d like to turn […]


If you were tuned in to CBC’s popular radio program The Current last week, you may have heard the fascinating story of “how a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory.” The story, told through the documentary piece Mind and Matter, was a thoughtful account of one man’s journey through a brain tumour diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The […]


Earlier this week, the Bhatia lab published an exciting study demonstrating the possibility of early prediction for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), one of the most common, and lethal forms of leukemia among adults. In what’s been described as “serendipity,” the team was able to identify clear steps in the development of AML, and use the […]


2015 has been a phenomenal year at the SCC-RI. Over the past twelve months we have been able to share exciting research discoveries, help spread awareness of stem cell research, grow our collaborative network, and so much more. We’re looking forward to continuing this momentum in the new year.  In fact, 2016 will be extra […]

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This week on the McMaster SCC-RI blog, we’ve invited one of our principal investigators, Dr. Bradley Doble, to give us a first-hand account of his unique research program. He kick-starts his post with some background in developmental biology and then moves onto the ever-important signalling molecule, Wnt [wint]. In the very earliest stages of mammalian […]


Without a doubt, popular culture is an important source of scientific information for many. Regardless of their accuracy, representations of science on television, in movies and in the news media are highly visible, and these have proven to be influential in how people perceive or understand science and scientific phenomena.¹ A study undertaken by Canadian […]