Exploring the Power of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research with Parliamentarians

OTTAWA, December 5, 2023 – The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus (PHRC) and Research Canada are proud to host today’s event on Breakthrough Stem Cell Research and the Power of Regenerative Medicine, with co-host the Stem Cell Network.

During a panel discussion, four renowned experts will explore the complex interplay of the socio-economic factors that impact the use of stem cells and the advancement of stem cell and regenerative medicine research in Canada. This will be followed by a kiosk luncheon featuring 11 of Canada’s best and brightest health researchers who will share their regenerative medicine and stem cell research with guests.

This event, sponsored by Innovative Medicines CanadaJohnson & Johnson and the University of Ottawa, will allow Parliamentarians and special guests to learn about these groundbreaking fields and their potential to revolutionize healthcare. This area of health research is contributing to advancements that hold promise for improving patient outcomes and quality of life.

Thank you to all our generous Sponsors, including Carleton University, the Ottawa Hospital Research InstituteNikon Canada, the Provincial Health Services AuthorityBD Canada, the University Health Network, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM)Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the University of Calgary.

Panel Presentation: Access and Affordability of Cell and Gene Therapies –
Moving from Research to Reality

Cate Murray
Stem Cell Network

Harold Atkins, MD, FRCPC

Ottawa Hospital | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute | University of Ottawa

Nevicia Case, PhD, MSc, PMP
University of Alberta | Stem Cell Network

Jeff Round, PhD
Institute of Health Economics | University of Alberta

Ali Tehrani, PhD
Amplitude VC | Stem Cell Network

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Kiosk Luncheon: Breakthrough Stem Cell
& the Power of Regenerative Medicine

Yasaman Aghazadeh, PhD

Université de Montréal | Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM)

Jeff Biernaskie, PhD
University of Calgary

Jenny Bruin, PhD
Carleton University

Nevicia Case, PhD, MSc, PMP
University of Alberta | Stem Cell Network

Kristin Hope, PhD
BD Biosciences Canada | University Health Network

Maria Cristina Nostro, PhD
University Health Network | University of Toronto

Mahmoud A. Pouladi, PhD
Provincial Health Services Authority | University of British Columbia

Michael Rudnicki, OC, PhD, FRS, FRSC
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute | Stem Cell Network | University of Ottawa

Bernard Thébaud, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute | Stem Cell Network | University of Ottawa

Amy Wong, PhD
Cystic Fibrosis Canada | SickKids Hospital | University of Toronto

Evelyn Yim, PhD, Peng
University of Waterloo

Hosted by the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus, Research Canada and the Stem Cell Network:

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
 Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, MP (Markham—Stouffville)
Vice-Chairs: Stephen Ellis, MP (Cumberland—Colchester), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Senator (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Research Canada
Tarik Möröy, PhD, FCAHS, Chair
Alison Evans, President and CEO

Stem Cell Network
Cate Murray, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit rc-rc.ca.

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

About the Stem Cell Network
The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a Canadian not-for-profit that supports stem cell and regenerative medicine research; training the next generation of highly qualified personnel; and knowledge mobilization and transfer of stem cell and regenerative medicine research. From the lab to the clinic, SCN’s goal is to power life-saving therapies and technologies through regenerative medicine research for the benefit of all. Created in 2001, with support from the Government of Canada, the Network has grown from a few dozen labs to more than 270 world-class research groups, supporting over 250 research projects and 30 clinical trials. Since its inception, over 25 biotech companies have been catalyzed or enhanced and more than 6,400 highly qualified personnel have been trained. In 2021, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continuing trust and support in SCN with an investment of $45 million for the 2022–2025 period.

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For inquiries:
Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs