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McEwen Monthly

The e-newsletter for the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, McEwen Monthly, was developed to provide important news and information about the Centre to researchers and trainees.

The final issue of the newsletter was released on December 2015.

Past issues of McEwen Monthly are linked below (in HTML format):



December 2015

  • A New Experimental Model of Pancreatic Cancer
  • Year in Review Top Stories
  • 2015 Honours and Awards
  • Year in Funding




November 2015

  • Drawing New Blood Lines
  • Activating Astrocytes
  • Cardiovascular Researcher Honoured
  • Stem Cell Research Funding Opportunity

October 2015

  • Bioengineered Solution for Stroke Recovery
  • A New Treatment Strategy that Targets Cancer Stem Cells
  • Study by McEwen Centre Researcher Honoured
  • McEwen Centre Investigator at Tedx Toronto

August 2015

  • Modelling Bile Duct Disorders
  • Novel Angiogenic Factor Prevents Heart Failure
  • Canadian Government Funds Stem Cell Research

July 2015

  • Mapping the Road Less Travelled
  • Ontario Invests $25 Million in Stem Cell Research
  • McEwen Award for Innovation Awarded
  • Translational Research Funding Opportunity

June 2015

  • Hydrogel Improves Cell Transplantation
  • McEwen Centre Researchers Secure CFI Funding
  • Genome Canada Awards Announced
  • Nominations Open for the Till & McCulloch Award
  • New Stem Cell Funding Opportunity

May 2015

  • From Stem Cells to Cartilage
  • Cancer Stem Cell Trial a Canada First
  • Restoring Sensation to Patients with Spine Injuries
  • 2015 Till & McCulloch Meetings

April 2015

  • Mapping Pathways to Therapeutic Pancreatic Beta Cells
  • Grants and Awards
  • Symposium to Honour McEwen Researcher

March 2015

  • Cell Cycle Protein Control of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Integrity
  • McEwen Centre Researcher Wins Prestigious Award
  • Upcoming Regenerative Medicine Events

February 2015

  • Modelling a Rare Form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia 
  • UHN Leads Canada's First Stem Cell Osteoarthritis Study
  • 2015 McEwen Award for Innovation
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Available

January 2015

  • Regulator of Neurogenesis Implicated in Autism
  • McEwen Centre Research Study Selected as One of the Top Cancer Discoveries of 2014
  • Honours and Awards
  • Upcoming Stem Cell Research Conferences

December 2014

  • New "F-Class" Stem Cell Discovered
  • Ontario Launches New Regenerative Medicine Institute
  • Year in Review Top Stories
  • 2014 Honours and Awards
  • Conference on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine

November 2014

  • Stomach Tissue Recreated in Lab
  • Trial for Diabetes Stem Cell Therapy Commences
  • Cancer Stem Cell Research Funding

October 2014

  • Roadmap for Generating Stem Cell-derived Epicardial Cells
  • McEwen Centre's Global Health Impact
  • Upcoming Events

September 2014

  • Computer-aided Discovery of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Signalling Networks
  • New Compound for Cord Blood Expansion
  • Royal Society of Canada Honours McEwen Centre Researchers

July 2014

  • Snail Regulation of Neuronal Development
  • McEwen Centre Technology Nears Licensing Agreement with Sernova Corporation
  • CCRM Establishes New Collaboration to Accelerate the Translation of Stem Cell Research
  • 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings

June 2014

  • Strategy for Hematopoietic Progenitor Enrichment
  • Ontario Court Rules on Human Tissue Ownership
  • Canada-wide Initiative Launched to Support Regenerative Medicine Research

May 2014

  • Stress Coping Mechanism Linked to HSC Integrity
  • Royal Society Honours McEwen Researcher
  • Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming McEwen Seminar
  • Human Stem Cell Cloning Now a Reality

April 2014

  • Setting the Perfect Trap for VEGF
  • Training in New Transgenic Technologies
  • Upcoming Stem Cell Research Events

March 2014

  • New Insight on How Delta-1 Regulates Stem Cell Fate
  • Surface Protein Profiling Uncovers Novel Regulators of Neural Stem Cell Development
  • Funding Opportunities

February 2014

  • Mapping the Earliest Steps of Leukaemia
  • Stretching the Limits of Stem Cell Maturation
  • Improving Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury with Stem Cells
  • UK Researcher Wins McEwen Innovation Award
  • Stem Cell Investigator Awards: Call for Applications

January 2014

  • Primed for Expansion: A New Role for Lineage-specific Genes
  • Stem Cell Trial for Spinal Cord Injuries Launches in Canada
  • Decoding the Pathways that Regulate Lineage Specification
  • Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting

December 2013

  • Recreating Cardiac Tissue in Three Dimensions
  • Targeting Colorectal Cancer Stem Cells
  • New Funding for McEwen Researchers from the Stem Cell Network
  • Top Research Publications of 2013

November 2013

  • High-throughput Screening of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Effects of Maternal IL-6 on Neural Stem Cells
  • Advancing Stem Cell-based Therapies for Cardiac Repair
  • McEwen Researcher Receives Prestigious Award

October 2013

  • Retinoic Acid Found to Regulate Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development
  • Award Honours McEwen Breakthrough
  • Financial Boost for Cancer Genomics Research
  • McEwen Researcher Awarded Training Funds
  • Keystone Symposia on Stem Cells and Cancer

September 2013

  • Novel Role for GATA-3 in Regulating Stem Cell Self-Renewal
  • Miniature Brain-like Structures Grown in Lab
  • McEwen Researcher Featured in Stem Cell Rounds
  • Canada-Japan Joint Program to Fund Stem Cell Research
  • 2013 Till & McCulloch Meetings

August 2013

  • Repairing Brain Function with Stem Cells
  • Stem Cell Treatment Promotes Wound Healing
  • Grant and Awards
  • Funding Opportunities

July 2013

  • Reconstructing Personalized Tracheal Grafts
  • New Advancement in Liver Regeneration
  • 2013 Till & McCulloch Meetings

June 2013

  • Genome-wide Analysis of Early Human Hematopoeisis
  • Study Uncovers Complexity of Stem Cell Self-renewal
  • Cheryl McEwen Receives Prestigious Award
  • Grants and Honours

May 2013

  • Hematopoietic Development Requires Sox17
  • Nominate a Researcher for the Till and McCulloch Award
  • Taking Stock: Stem Cells in the Clinic
  • Tracking Stem Cell Movement

April 2013

  • McEwen Researcher Honoured
  • Breakthroughs in Cardiac Stem Cell Research
  • Grant Awarded
  • Upcoming Seminars
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Recent Publications

March 2013

  • Cell Delivery System for Treating Spinal Cord Injury
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Trial Approved
  • 2013 McEwen Centre Award for Innovation
  • CIHR Operating Grant Awards
  • Upcoming Seminar
  • Recent Publications

February 2013

  • Novel Role for VEGF in Adipose Tissue Growth
  • New OSCI Seminar Series Launched
  • Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Storage in Canada
  • Stem Cell Rounds Debate
  • Honours and Awards
  • Recent Publications

January 2013

  • Variability of Clonal Responses to Chemotherapy
  • Novel Source of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Storage in Canada
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Available
  • Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting
  • Recent Publications

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December 2012

  • 2012 Top stories
  • 2012 High impact publications
  • 2012 Honours and Awards
  • Recent publications

November 2012

  • miRNA126 Controls Hematopoietic Stem Cell Expansion
  • McEwen Researcher Named University of Toronto’s Inventor of the Year
  • Debate on Immortality
  • Author of Dreams and Due Diligence on TV
  • Announcements
  • Recent Publications

October 2012

  • McEwen Appoints New Faculty Member
  • Canadian Academy Inducts McEwen Scientist
  • Stem Cell Treatment For Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stem Cell Researchers Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize
  • Selected Recent Publications

September 2012

  • RNA:Protein Complex Controls Neurogenesis
  • McEwen Researcher Honoured
  • Commercialization Impact Prize Announced
  • Grant Awards
  • Selected Recent Publications

July 2012

  • Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Promote Neurogenesis
  • Regulation of Primitive Erythropoiesis by miR-126
  • McEwen Researcher Featured in Science on Tap
  • Rob and Cheryl McEwen Honored by ISSCR
  • McEwen Seminar: Dr. Hans Snoeck
  • CIHR Grant Awards

June 2012

  • Cell-Cell Interactions in a Bioengineered Stem Cell Niche
  • Health Canada Approves First Stem Cell Therapy
  • Sprott Foundation Funds McEwen Research Initiative
  • McEwen Seminars Highlight β cell Breakthroughs

May 2012

  • Age Related Limitations of Cardiac Cell Therapy
  • Advancing Personalized Cancer Therapies
  • McEwen Centre Technology Licensed by VistaGen
  • McEwen Researchers Honoured
  • Organ Donor Awareness

April 2012

  • Scalable Suspension Cultures for iPSCs
  • Dr. Till in Conversation
  • Conference on Regenerative Medicine
  • Grants and Awards

March 2012

  • Breakthrough for Ex Vivo Expansion of Blood Stem Cells
  • 2012 McEwen Centre Award for Innovation
  • Surgical Innovation at UHN
  • Treating Spinal Cord Injury: Timing Matters
  • 5th Annual Regenerative Medicine Symposium

February 2012

  • Innovative Delivery System for Protein Therapy
  • Research by McEwen Investigator Included in Best of 2011
  • Cardiac Stem Cell Transplants at UHN
  • Dr. Shoichet Honoured with Clemson Award
  • CIHR Operating Grants Awarded

January 2012

  • Improved Strategy for Cancer Stem Cell Drug Screening
  • Inaugural Till & McCulloch Meetings
  • Study by McEwen Researcher Honoured
  • Deep Cuts made to Research Funding
  • ISSCR 10th Annual Meeting
  • OSCI Postdoctural Funding Opportunity

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December 2011

  • Uncovering the role of c-Myb in Smooth Muscle Cell Differentiation
  • In Tribute to the Pioneers of Stem Cell Research
  • Welcome to Stem Cell City
  • Toronto Welcomes over 3600 Stem Cell Researchers
  • CCRM Ushers in the Future of Medicine
  • McEwen Year-End Summary

November 2011

  • Uncovering a New Marker for Human Cardiac Cells
  • Regenerative Therapies for Spinal Cord Injuries
  • New Cancer-Fighting Drug to be Developed
  • Charles H. Tator - Barbara Turnbull Lectureship Series in Spinal Cord Injury
  • The Next Generation of Stem Cell Scientists
  • Raising a Glass to Regenerative Medicine

October 2011

  • Book Launch: Celebrating the Discovery of Stem Cells
  • Dr. Li Appointed CAHS Fellow
  • Dr. Fehlings Article Selected by Faculty of 1000
  • Nominate a Researcher for the ISSCR McEwen Award for Innovation
  • Insights into Cardiopulmonary Development

September 2011

  • Recreating the Cellular Microenvironment with 3D Hydrogels
  • Identification of a Gene Signature to Predict AML Clinical Outcome
  • Full House for Mesoderm Differentiation Seminar
  • Stem Cell Technology Course Offered Through SCN

July 2011

  • Isolation of Blood Stem Cells
  • McEwen Centre Featured in Maclean's Magazine
  • Graduate Course in Regenerative Medicine
  • CIHR Operating Grant Results

June 2011

  • Join Stem Cell City!
  • McEwen Centre Website Modernization
  • ISSCR: McEwen Centre Award for Innovation
  • CCRM Launch

May 2011

  • ISSCR 9th Annual Meeting
  • ISSCR Public Symposium - The Stem Cell Promise
  • Novel Drug Delivery System for Repairing Stroke-Injured Brains
  • See the Potential: Postdoctoral Funding Opportunity

April 2011

  • Insulin-Expressing Stem Cells Found in Human Pancreas
  • XVIVO System Used to Improve Donor Lungs for Transplantation
  • Blocking Cell Receptor Protects Nerve Cells in Spinal Cord Injury
  • Dr. Shoichet Talks Chemistry

March 2011

  • iPS Cell Reprogramming is Associated with Genetic Abnormalities
  • Dr. Husain Appointed New TGRI Director
  • Dr. Shoichet Named to the Order of Ontario
  • Upcoming Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Events
  • Heart & Stroke Grant Results Announced

February 2011

  • Tracing the Genetics of Leukaemia-Initiating Cells
  • Honouring the Fathers of Stem Cells on the 50th Anniversary of Their Discovery
  • McEwen Researchers Elected as Fellows to AAAS

January 2011

  • Tapping into Adult Neurogenesis
  • Celebrating Stem Cell Research at UHN
  • McEwen Investigator Listed as 'One of the Best'
  • Funding and Training Available through SCN

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December 2010

  • Immunogenicity Switch Limits Long-Term Stem Cell Implantation
  • New Centre of Excellence for Regenerative Medicine
  • The Globe and Mail Focuses on McEwen Research
  • McEwen Year-End Summary

November 2010

  • Immobilized VEGF Increases Cardiac Patch Integration
  • Hematopoietic Cells Derived Directly From Fibroblasts
  • World's First Stem Cell Clinical Trial Underway

October 2010

  • Model System Developed to Describe Stem Cell Fate Decisions
  • Terry Fox Team Grant Awarded to McEwen Investigator
  • McEwen's "Transformational Canadian"
  • 'Celebrate Science' Success

September 2010

  • Tumour-Initiating Cells are Rare in Many Human Tumours
  • Now Accepting Nominations for the 2010 Till & McCulloch Lecture
  • Mark Your Calendars!

August 2010

  • Using Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Immobilized on Agarose to Improve the Generation of Blood Progenitor Cells
  • McEwen Investigator Honoured
  • "Celebrate Science" at the McEwen Centre Science Day!

July 2010

  • The Mesenchymal-to-Epithelial Transition (MET) is a Critical Event for Generating iPSCs
  • Congratulations to McEwen Investigators on their Acceleration Award Success!
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Save the Date

June 2010

  • A Revised Map of Human Hematopoiesis
  • McEwen Centre in the News
  • 8th Annual ISSCR Meeting

May 2010

  • Normal Axonal Degradation in the Adult Brain is Regulated by a p75NTR-Dependent Pathway
  • Congratulations to McEwen Investigators for their Outstanding GL2 Funding Success!
  • Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Stem Cell Global Blueprint Conference
  • $1.8M Raised in Support of a Diabetes Chair in Stem Cell Research
  • McEwen Investigators Featured in UofT Magazine

April 2010

  • Recipient Gender is a Critical Variable in Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Studies
  • Grants and Awards
  • Mark Your Calendars!

March 2010

  • Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Differentiation
  • McEwen Researcher in the News
  • Mark Your Calendars!

February 2010

  • Promoting Neural Progenitor Cell Integration and Migration in a Model of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
  • CIHR Experts Discuss the Potential Health Effects of Sports
  • CIHR Grants Awarded

January 2010

  • Identification and Detailed Analysis of Intermediate-Term Hematopoietic Stem Cells
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Notable Mention

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December 2009

  • SKPs Identified as Adult Dermal Stem Cells
  • Congratulations to This Year's McEwen Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients
  • McEwen Researchers Receive Several Notable Awards in December
  • McEwen Year-End Summary

November 2009

  • Gene Therapy Used to Effectively Repair Human Donor Lungs
  • The Body Worlds Exhibit Needs You
  • Grants and Awards

October 2009

  • Effectors of Neural Stem Cell Behaviour
  • Partnering to 'Celebrate Science' in the City
  • Hitting the Links for McEwen Research
  • Mark Your Calendars: McEwen-Sponsored Mini Symposium at the 2009 Gairdner Awards

September 2009

  • Regulation of Myeloid Development
  • Gairdner Symposium on Stem Cells
  • Lectureship Series in Spinal Cord Injury
  • Grants and Awards

July 2009

  • Cardiomyocytes Derived from c-kit Positive BMCs
  • Ontario Stem Cell Researchers Receive CFI Award
  • McEwen Investigator Featured in CIHR's Research Profile
  • Grants and Awards

June 2009

  • Induction of a Drug-Dependent State by BDNF
  • McEwen Researcher Featured for Stem Cell Breakthrough
  • Developmental/Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Course
  • SCN Strategic Reserach Grants Announced
  • McEwen Centre Fast Facts

May 2009

  • H-Ras Mutations Affect Neural Precursor Cell Differentiation
  • Dr. Smith Captures Audience With Pluripotency Seminar
  • Ontario Launches New Grant Opportunity
  • Mark Your Calendars

April 2009

  • McEwen Monthly Turns One!
  • E-Cadherin and Neural Stem Cell Regulation
  • Dr. Zandstra Elected Fellow, AIMBE
  • McEwen Researcher Featured in Nature

March 2009

  • Novel Virus-Free Method to Develop Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • 2nd Annual Regenerative Medicine Symposium
  • Pediatric World-First Lifesaving Lung Procedure
  • Heart and Stroke Grant Results Announced
  • Stem Cell Research In The News

February 2009

  • Repopulation of Injured Lung Epithelium by Bone Marrow-Derived Cells
  • REMEDI: Regenerative Medicine at UHN
  • CIHR Grants Awarded

January 2009

  • Transcriptome-Wide Identification of 3' Transcript Ends
  • Breathtaking Advancements in Lung Transplantation
  • McEwen Research Featured in Top Medical Advancements of 2008
  • 2009 McEwen Events

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December 2008

  • Chronic Extrinsic Cervical Spinal Cord Compression Leads to Fas-Mediated Apoptosis
  • Thoracic Surgery Pioneer Honoured with New Chair
  • Drs. Miller, Keller and Waddell Receive Team Grants from CIHR
  • McEwen Year-End Summary

November 2008

  • Myoblast Transplantation Improves Heart Function Following Myocardial Infarction
  • Congratulations to McEwen Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardees
  • Dr. Shoichet Named Fellow, IUSBSE Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • University of Toronto Forms Partnership with Kyoto University
  • McEwen Centre Founder and Researchers In the News

October 2008

  • Wnt and Notch Signaling Influenced by Numb During Primitive Erythropoietic Specification
  • Dr. von Harsdorf Awarded CFI and ORF
  • Dr. Fehlings Appointed Director of Neurosciences Program
  • Café Scientifique: The Regenerative Medicine Promise

September 2008

  • Genes Identified That Help Predict Patient Outcome Following Lung Transplantation
  • CFI Award Boosts Stem Cell Research at McEwen
  • McEwen Researchers Well-Represented in Stem Cell Network Awards
  • Dr. Shoichet Elected to the Royal Society of Canada
  • Dr. Peter Zandstra Honoured with McLean Award

August 2008

  • Immobilized Signaling Proteins Used to Regulate Stem Cell Fate
  • TMDT Home to New Ontario iPS Cell Facility
  • CIHR Grants Awarded
  • Seminars and Workshops to Resume in September

June 2008

  • History Matters in Neural Stem Cell Fate
  • Dr. Peter Zandstra Listed in Top 40 Under 40
  • Dr. Kim's Inspiring Lung Cancer Seminar
  • Drs. Iscove and Dick to Present at Upcoming McEwen Workshop
  • NIH Grant Awarded to Dr. Fehlings

May 2008

  • McEwen Centre Launches Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition
  • Human Heart Cells Developed from hESCs
  • BDNF-p75NTR Regulation of Axon Pruning
  • Dr. John Dick Receives $17M
  • Robert McEwen Appointed to the Order of Canada

April 2008

  • Inaugural Issue of McEwen Monthly
  • McEwen Researchers Identify a New Role for CK2 and p27 in Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy
  • John Dick Honoured with AACR G.H.A. Clowes Award
  • Shaf Keshavjee Awarded Wyeth Pharmaceuticals/CIHR Rx&D Research Chair
  • Molly Shoichet Receives Prestigious Killam Research Fellowship
  • Grants Awarded
  • Gordon Keller and Andras Nagy Discuss the Future of Stem Cell Research at Café Scientifique

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