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Join us to learn more about stem cells and regenerative medicine. Our webinar series will showcase prominent scientists in the field, including MRM Principal Investigators and external guest speakers.

During each seminar, we will also showcase the work of one MRM Trainee, who will present alongside our guest speaker.

We want to hear from you, and we welcome your suggestions for speakers! If you are interested in hosting an invited speaker, please get in touch with us.

2024 MRM Talks

JANUARY 25, 2024

Dr. Rahul Gawri and Tarek Klaylat – Recording is available

Dr. Rahul Gawri,
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Junior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Montreal General Hospital

“Applications of Inorganic Polyphosphates in Tissue Engineering of Musculoskeletal Tissues”

MRM TRAINEE:

Tarek Klaylat,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Gawri Lab,
McGill University

“Development of a novel inorganic polyphosphate-releasing thermoresponsive hydrogel to improve fracture healing outcomes”

THURSDAY, January 25, 2024
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MARCH 28, 2024

Dr. Amy Wong and Sydney Joy

Dr. Amy Wong
Scientist, Program of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

“Modeling human lung development and disease using induced pluripotent stem cells”

MRM TRAINEE:

Sydney Joy,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Martin Lab,
Meakins Christie laboratories, RI-MUHC, McGill University

“Mesenchymal Stromal Cells for the Treatment of Systemic Sclerosis-Related Lung and Skin Fibrosis”

THURSDAY, Mars 28, 2024
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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2023 MRM Talks

JANUARY 26, 2023

Dr. Jean-François Trempe and Andrew Bayne – Recording is available

Dr. Jean-François Trempe,
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
McGill University

“Mechanisms of protein turnover in Parkinson’s disease”

MRM TRAINEE:

Andrew Bayne,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Trempe Lab,
McGill University

“Measuring protein turnover in human induced pluripotent stem cell organoids to study neurodegenerative diseases”

THURSDAY, January 26, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MARCH 23, 2023

Dr. Jo Anne Stratton and Yue Zhang


Dr. Jo Anne Stratton,
Assistant Professor, Killam Scholar & FRQS Investigator
Co-Director, Single Cell Club, McGill
Scientific Chair, Tannenbaum Open Science Institute GRC, The Neuro
McGill University

“The current state of modelling CSF barrier’s”

MRM TRAINEE:

Yue Zhang,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Stratton Lab,
McGill University

“Generation of ependymal cells from human iPSCs”

THURSDAY, March 23, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MAY 3, 2023

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu and Stanislav Birko


Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu,
Professor and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Law
University of Alberta
Chair, Research Ethics Board 2 (REB-2)

“Towards Practical Justice in the Inequitable Biotechnology Revolution”

MRM TRAINEE:

Stanislav Birko,
Academic Associate, Centre of Genomics and Policy,
McGill University

“Contextualizing Consent/Assent in Pediatric Stem Cell Trials”

ATTENTION: this MRM Talk originally scheduled on April 27 is postponed to Wednesday, May 3, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
1:00 – 2:00 PM
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JUNE 20, 2023

Dr. Michael Rudnicki and Romina Filippelli


Dr. Michael Rudnicki,
Senior Scientist and Director, Regenerative Medicine Program, and Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Scientific Director, Stem Cell Network

“Molecular Regulation of Muscle Stem Cell Function”

MRM TRAINEE:

Romina Filippelli,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Chang Lab,
McGill University

“Restoring endogenous muscle stem cell function as a treatment for DMD”

TUESDAY, June 20, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2023

Patient representative Karen Peat and Prof. Corinne Hoesli – Recording is available

In this special edition of the MRM Talks, we have the privilege to welcome Patient Representative Karen Peat who took part in a stem cell trial for type 1 diabetes. She will be joined by Prof. Corinne Hoesli, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill, whose main areas of application of her research are diabetes cellular therapy.

Karen Peat,
Patient Representative

Prof. Corinne Hoesli, ing., Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Canada Research Chair in Cellular Therapy Bioprocess Engineering

“Biomanufacturing stem cell-derived islets to treat type 1 diabetes”

 

THURSDAY, September 28, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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NOVEMBER 23, 2023

Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen and Patrick Coburn – Recording is available


Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen,
Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Upper Airway Health and Diseases

“Biology digitization? Lessons learnt from modeling multicellular systems of vocal fold injury and regeneration.”

MRM TRAINEE:

Patrick Coburn,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Li-Jessen Lab,
McGill University

“The Development of a Vocal Fold On-a-Chip to Evaluate the Impact of Particulate Matter Air Pollution on the Vocal Fold Mucosa”

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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2022 MRM Talks

JANUARY 27, 2022

Dr. Terry Hébert and Kyla Bourque – Recording is available

Dr. Terry Hébert,
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
Canadian Pacific Chair in Biotechnology
Assistant Dean, Biomedical Science Education, McGill University
Director, MRM Network

“Using iPSCs to track disease evolution and therapeutic responses one cell at a time”

MRM TRAINEE:

Kyla Bourque,
Ph.D. Candidate in Prof. Terry Hébert’s Lab
McGill University

“Single-cell profiling of signalling networks in primary neonatal cardiomyocytes and iPSC-CMs”

THURSDAY, January 27, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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FEBRUARY 24, 2022

Dr. Valentina Greco and Dr. Katie Cockburn – Recording is available

Dr. Valentina Greco,
Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics, member of the Yale Stem Cell Center
Yale School of Medicine

“Tissue and cell dynamics captured by live imaging”

 

 

Dr. Katie Cockburn,
Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Greco’s Lab
Incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Goodman Cancer Institute, McGill University

“Understanding spatiotemporal principles of differentiation in the regenerating epidermis”

THURSDAY, February 24, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MARCH 24, 2022

Dr. Michel L. Tremblay and Chu-Han Feng – Recording is available

Dr. Michel L. Tremblay,
Jeanne and Jean-Louis Lévesque Chair in Cancer Research
Distinguished James McGill Professor
President-Elect Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Canada
Dept. of Biochemistry / Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute
McGill University

“Targeting tyrosine phosphatases in immunotherapies”

MRM TRAINEE:

Chu-Han Feng,
Ph.D. Candidate in Prof. Michel Tremblay’s Lab
McGill University

“Biology of NK cells and Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases”

THURSDAY, March 24, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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APRIL 21, 2022

Dr. Vahab Soleimani and Darren Blackburn – Recording is available

Dr. Vahab Soleimani,
Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics – McGill University
Investigator, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research – Jewish General Hospital

“How your neighborhood affects your life: studying how muscle stem cells communicate with their niche environment”

MRM TRAINEE:

Darren Blackburn,
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Soleimani’s Lab
McGill University

“Untangling the functional interactions of the muscle stem cell niche through advances in sequencing”

THURSDAY, April 21, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MAY 26, 2022

Dr. Glen Tibbits and Cara Hawey

Dr. Glen Tibbits,
Professor and Chair, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Co-director of the Cellular and Regenerative Medicine Centre (CRMC), BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

“Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: exploring the etiology using hiPSC-CM”

MRM TRAINEE:

Cara Hawey,
Master Candidate in Prof. Terry Hébert’s Lab
McGill University

“Using patient-derived iPSCs to characterize underlying features of dilated cardiomyopathy”

THURSDAY, May 26, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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JUNE 23, 2022

Dr. Bartha Maria Knoppers and Marie Cosquer – Recording is available

Dr. Bartha Maria Knoppers,
Professor, Department of Human Genetics – Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy,
Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine,
McGill University

“Regulating the Re-Engineering of Regenerative Medicine”

MRM TRAINEE:

Marie Cosquer,
Academic Associate,
Centre of Genomics and Policy,
McGill University

“CF Stem Cells, Personalized Medicine and Tools for Patient Understanding”

THURSDAY, June 23, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

Dr. Joseph M. Kinsella and Salvador Flores Torres – Recording is available

Dr. Joseph M. Kinsella,
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering,
McGill University

“Developing mechanically tunable decellularized extracellular matrix gels to grow patient-derived organoids”

MRM TRAINEE:

Salvador Flores Torres,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Kinsella Lab,
McGill University

“Bioprinting the elements of neoplastic diseases”

 

THURSDAY, September 22, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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OCTOBER 27, 2022

Dr. Roméo Blanc and Dr. Soeren Huettner – Recording is available

Dr. Roméo Blanc,
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
University of Rochester Medical Center

“Targeting H4K20 methylation to rejuvenate aged stem cell epigenome and regenerative function”

MRM TRAINEE:

Dr. Soeren Huettner,
Postdoctoral Fellow in Colin Crist’s Lab,
McGill University

“Absence of skeletal muscle development, regeneration and homeostasis in mice lacking the CTCF code for 3D genome architecture”

THURSDAY, October 27, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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NOVEMBER 24, 2022

Dr. Jean-Sébastien Delisle and Dr. Luis Alberto Perez-Quintero – Recording is available

Dr. Jean-Sébastien Delisle,
Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
Medical Director, Centre d’excellence en thérapie cellulaire (CETC), Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
Director, ThéCell Network

“Engineering immunity ex vivo; the good, the bad and the ugly”

MRM TRAINEE:

Dr. Luis Alberto Perez-Quintero,
Research Associate in Prof. Michel Tremblay’s Lab,
McGill University

“Tackling T cell dysfunction in adoptive cell therapy by targeting phosphatases”

 

THURSDAY, November 24, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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2021 MRM Talks

FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Dr. Thomas Durcan and Maria Castellanos

Dr. Thomas Durcan,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University,
Associate Director of the Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU) at The Neuro.

From patients to organoids: Modelling disorders of the brain through stem cells

MRM TRAINEE:

Maria Castellanos,
Ph.D. Candidate at the EDDU.

Towards building a 3D neuromuscular junction (NMJ) to model motor neuron diseases

 

THURSDAY February 25, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MARCH 25, 2021

Dr. Lisbet Haglund and Matthew Mannarino

Dr. Lisbet Haglund,
Associate Professor of Surgery
McGill University

“Regenerative approaches to treat back pain in mice and men”

MRM TRAINEE:

Matthew Mannarino
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Lisbet Haglund’s Lab

“Toll-Like Receptor 2 Induced Senescence in Intervertebral Disc Cells of Patients with Back Pain can be Attenuated by o-Vanillin”

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 25, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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APRIL 22, 2021

Dr. Arezu Jahani-Asl, Dr. Ahmad Sharanek and Dilan Rasool

Dr. Arezu Jahani-Asl,
Associate Professor of Oncology
McGill University

“Cytokine regulation of glioma stem cell fate and glioblastoma resistance to therapy”

MRM TRAINEES:

Dr. Ahmad Sharanek,
Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jahani-Asl’s Lab

“Regulation of glioma stem cell fate by a novel galectin1/HOXA5 transcriptional pathway”

Dilan Rasool
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Jahani-Asl’s Lab

“Regulation of neural stem cell fate by a novel PHF6/EphR transcriptional pathway”

 

THURSDAY APRIL 22, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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MAY 27, 2021

Dr. Mohsen Akbari and Dr. Megan Cooke

Dr. Mohsen Akbari
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria

“Advanced multifunctional fibers–from wearable sensors to organ weaving”

MRM TRAINEE:

Dr. Megan Cooke
Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Derek Rosenzweig’s Lab

“Bioprinting to model the bone-tumour microenvironment in vitro”

 

 

THURSDAY May 27, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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JUNE 17, 2021

Dr. Anastasia Nijnik and Jacky Tung

Dr. Anastasia Nijnik
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology / Research Centre on Complex Traits
McGill University

“Epigenetic Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function by Deubiquitinase MYSM1: from Mouse Models to Human Patients”

MRM TRAINEE:

Jacky Tung
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Anastasia Nijnik’s Lab
McGill University

“p53-Dependent Induction of P2X7 on Hematopoietic Stem Cells Regulates Hematopoietic Response to Genotoxic Stress”

 
THURSDAY June 17, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Dr. David Juncker and Dr. Newsha Khouski – Recording is available

Dr. David Juncker
Professor, Department Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
McGill University

“Multiplexed affinity proteomics of soluble proteins and extracellular vesicles”

MRM TRAINEE:

Dr. Newsha Koushki,
Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Juncker’s Lab.

“Rapid Multiplexed Single Cell Proteomics for Circulating Tumor Cells Phenotyping”

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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OCTOBER 21, 2021

Dr. Paul Knoepfler and Robyn McDougall – Recording is available

Dr. Paul Knoepfler
Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UC Davis School of Medicine

“Emerging ethical issues in cutting-edge stem cell research”

MRM TRAINEE:

Robyn McDougall,
Research Assistant at the Centre of Genomics and Policy
McGill University

“Towards a Charter for Regenerative Medicine”

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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NOVEMBER 25, 2021

Dr. Massimiliano Paganelli and Kurtis Champion – Recording is available

Massimiliano Paganelli, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate professor, CHU Sainte-Justine, Université de Montréal
Co-founder and CEO, Morphocell Technologies Inc.

“Stem cell-derived encapsulated liver tissue: treating liver failure by allogeneic cell therapy without the need of immunosuppression”

MRM TRAINEE:

Kurtis Champion,
Ph.D. Candidate in Prof. Corinne Hoesli’s Lab.

“Oxygen limitations and numerical modelling for islets in macroencapsulation devices for type 1 diabetes”

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
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