Stem Cells from the Sofa Speaker Series: SCN’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative projects


In this episode of Stem Cells from the Sofa, we will hear from the lead investigators of the three projects funded through SCN’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative in April.

Dr. Julien Muffat, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto: “Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Brain, Using Neuro-Immune Human Tissue Culture Models Derived from Stem Cells.”
Dr. Muffat will discuss the work his team is performing to understand which types of human brain cells can be infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, how these cells respond once infected, and which genes control brain cell infection and response.

Dr. William Stanford, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute: “Modelling COVID-19 with human stem cell derived tissues.”
Dr. Stanford will describe his project to use human tissue models to investigate how the cells that line the lungs and airways become infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and how the behaviour of these cells changes once they are infected.

Dr. Duncan Stewart, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute: “Cellular Immuno-Therapy for COVID-19 related ARDS – the CIRCA-19 Trials.
Dr. Stewart will outline the CIRCA-19 clinical trial that his team is undertaking to evaluate a cell therapy aimed at reducing the impacts of acute respiratory distress associated with severe COVID-19 symptoms.


The Stem Cells from the Sofa speaker talks are 20 minutes in length, followed by a Q&A session that is open to all attendees. Intended audience: scientists, trainees and research professionals.

Time: June 17, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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