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SickKids Café Scientifique presents: Are Stem Cells the Basis for Immortality?
Start date:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
6 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge Street, Toronto (upstairs bar)
Event Open To:
This event is open to the public.

Got an opinion? A ‘unique’ question? Join us for a drink, stay for the discussion.


  • Dr. Freda Miller, Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, SickKids; Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair, Developmental Neurobiology; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, International Research Scholar
  • Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, SickKids; University Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Derek van der Kooy, Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Many Canadians are unaware that the discovery of stem cells took place right here in Toronto just 50 years ago. With that discovery, a new field of science was born. Few realize that scientists here in Canada are still leading the way globally in stem cell research. As Dr. Alan Bernstein, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation put it, “If hockey is Canada’s game, stem-cell science is Canada’s science.” (Globe and Mail, May 7 2012).

Stem cell research is now at a crossroads. Our understanding of how stem cells work, how they behave and differentiate and ultimately how we can control their fate to improve human health is now our focus. Our panel will introduce stem cell research and how they are cooperating to advance our knowledge, setting the stage for future stem cell therapies and clinical applications to
treat childhood diseases.

This SickKids Café Scientifique is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the SickKids Research Institute, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative. 

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Please RSVP and submit any questions to cafe.scientifique@sickkids.ca

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