In Fall of 2015, Drs Inés Colmegna, Steven Paraskevas, Michel L. Tremblay, Pierre Laneuville and Linda Peltier documented the need of McGill University and its affiliated centers and institutes to increase collaborative research in stem cells and regenerative medicine. More than 76 McGill Principal Investigators agreed on the need to create a network to position regenerative medicine research at McGill nationally and internationally in order to expand basic regenerative medicine knowledge; to improve clinical practice and health outcomes; and to enhance research, training and economic outputs, with the objective of improving tomorrow’s healthcare by acting today.

To achieve these goals, the McGill Regenerative Medicine Network Executive Committee created 7 different committees, each with specific objectives:

Scientific Programming
Web and Communication
Funding and Infrastructures
Clinical Application Pipeline
Education
Prizes and Awards
Ethics

 

Scientific Programming Committee

Chair: Dr. Natasha Chang

The MRM is committed to promote the impact of our clinical and research network. Since November 2015, the Scientific Programming Committee mission is to promote knowledge exchange among the McGill Community through the implementation of scientific sessions.

Its role covers the organization of the MRM Annual Symposium, as well as the introduction of small-group cross-talk seminars with invitations to guest speakers and implementation of several training workshops in collaboration with affiliated core facilities and industry partners. 

 

Web and Communication Committee

Chair: Dr. Colin Crist

The primary mission of the MRM Network Website and Communication Committee is to promote McGill advances in this thriving biomedical field and increase collaborations between Faculties and/or Departments conducting research on stem cell and regenerative medicine for fundamental or clinical applications.

To this end, its role is to provide content for the MRM website and social media platforms in order to keep the members informed about the latest news, events or funding opportunities relevant to stem cells and regenerative medicine within McGill and beyond.

 

Funding and Infrastructures Committee

Chair: Prof. Michel L. Tremblay

One of the main goals of the MRM Network is to encourage research that seeks novel forward-looking insight and discovery in a basic understanding of biological concepts of stem cells, which translate into novel technologies and regenerative medicine. In that sense, it is crucial that MRM supports our researchers in using the numerous quality platforms that have been built across the McGill network. It has therefore put in place a special fund to support small research projects using one of the MRM affiliated core facilities.

The Funding and Infrastructures Committee is responsible for the scientific assessment and approval of projects submitted to this competition.

 

Clinical Pipeline Committee

Chair: Dr. Michael Sebag

The mission of the Clinical Pipeline Committee is to support researchers from McGill University and affiliated establishments in structuring their future clinical research to comply with regulatory agencies. This committee is mainly composed of clinical researchers working at the MUHC-RI. This clinical pipeline will promote translational research involving stem cells and/or regenerative medicine. This committee could also be involved in monthly clinical seminars and clinics. Expansion of these clinical pipelines are also ongoing for the JGH and the Neuro.

 

Education Committee

Chair: Prof. Terry Hébert

The Education Committee works on the identification and development of an educational platform. This platform would include courses and programs to prepare students to work or do research in the domains of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. This includes the development of links within the regenerative medicine community at McGill and its affiliated hospitals to facilitate the development of such educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Education Committee met frequently over the past three years and created a 15 credit graduate certificate within the Division of Experimental Medicine. This first step will allow graduate students at McGill University to increase their knowledge in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Seasonal laboratory internships and workshops will be developed to teach laboratory methods used in fundamental stem cell research. Clinical laboratory internships will also be provided by the Clinical Research Cellular Therapy Laboratory located at the MUHC-RI, and the Human Islet Transplant Laboratory located at the Genome Center. Both laboratory internships will also help in understanding the importance of a Quality Management Plan, Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring compliance to different existing regulations.

 

Prizes and Awards Committee

Chair: Dr. Vahab Soleimani

The Prizes and Award Committee is in charge of evaluating the members’ applications to the many competitions organized by the MRM Network. This includes our yearly Photo Contest, as well as the Lucie Besner Travel Awards competition.

This committee is composed by researchers at different stages of their career as well as trainees, all from a wide variety of disciplines to ensure the best possible assessment of each application.

 

Ethics Committee

Chair: Me Erika Kleiderman

The MRM Network is committed to develop and sustain impactful actions in ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) related to regenerative medicine research and its clinical applications. The main objectives of the Ethics Committee are to build bridges between basic/clinical research and ELSI research; to maintain and expand McGill’s international footprint in bioethics of regenerative medicine; to simplify the understanding of the Health Canada ethics guidelines for regenerative medicine trials; as well as to engage the public in the social issues of regenerative medicine.

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