When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them that I do research on research (in other words, I assess the impact of research). Research impact assessment is a complex and rapidly evolving field that is fraught with challenges and can be approached from many angles depending on your vantage point (e.g., researcher, university, funder, government). So…
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Stem-cell clinics across Canada, including eight in B.C., are marketing “unproven treatments” directly to health consumers and charging thousands of dollars, a study concludes. Many of the approximately four dozen clinics are making claims of exaggerated benefits and minimizing potential complications, says the study by Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. His study is published in…
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Dozens of unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions have sprung up in Canada, marketing their services through direct-to-consumer online advertising, a study has found. Canadian-born researcher Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, identified 30 businesses marketing stem cell therapies at 43 clinics across the country. The…
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The National Research Council’s (NRC) first Science Advisor and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Danial Wayner, was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Dr. Wayner will report directly to the NRC’s President, Iain Stewart. He will ensure that the NRC’s strategic plans; new program proposals and peer review processes; and the development of…
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Science is about knowledge. It involves the gathering of facts to help create predictions and provide explanations. But for women who have made science their career, there is seemingly no scientific explanation to explain the work challenges they face solely because of their gender. It’s an issue that Edmonton documentary filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk explores in her new film Ms. Scientist. The film goes to  Alberta, Ontario,…
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The evolution and creation of new technologies, medications, and transformation of patient care continues to advance at an astonishing pace. With the advancement of medicine over the years we have seen how biologic drugs and treatments have transformed patient care. Biologics are therapies derived from living cells as opposed to traditional drug products which are mainly comprised of synthesized chemicals.…
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Cell therapies are integral to regenerative medicine: a swiftly advancing sector bearing the long-standing promise of revolutionizing health care as we know it. Unlike drugs that merely relieve symptoms, cell-based treatments possess curative potential by delivering a dynamic, living product to both counteract the underlying disease cause and promote regeneration. Healthy cells derived from either the patient or a compatible…
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Putting research in the hands of those who use it to create and innovate leads to increased competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the country’s researchers whose discoveries inspire entrepreneurs and innovators in the agriculture, health and commercial sectors. Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $6.7…
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Machine learning is augmenting human ability and drastically changing possibilities. It is restructuring businesses and rewiring brains for transformative thinking. Whether it be to develop vaccines for deadly diseases or combat climate change, Canada is at the forefront of this monumental shift. Canada has been on the vanguard of machine learning long before it became a popular headline. The growth…
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