Calendar

Sep
17
Tue
2019
Dr. Thomas Barker from the University of Virginia ; “Cells and Their Matrix: A Struggle For Power”. @ Biomedical Research Centre Rm 351
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cells and their matrix: a struggle for power
Prof. Thomas H. Barker
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Cell Biology
University of Virginia, USA

Increasingly, the extracellular matrix (ECM) microenvironment is appreciated as a potent

instructor of cell phenotype. Recent examples that highlight the role of ECM in directing tissue

homeostasis and disease include tumor stroma that instruct metastasis and ECM mechanics that

drive the differentiation of pro-fibrotic myofibroblasts. My lab has focused on the dynamic

reciprocity between mesenchymal stroma cells (fibroblasts), the arbiter of tissue remodeling, and

their extracellular matrix microenvironment. Recent findings from the lab suggest there are far

greater complexities in fibroblast-matrix communication than previously thought. I will present

multiple vignettes from our recent work that shed light on: 1) how elevated matrix stiffness

sensitizes fibroblasts to the critical cytokine TGFb through a novel cytoplasmic Smad regulatory

complex, 2) an integrin adaptor protein, Thy-1, the absence of which classifies a disease relevant

fibroblast subpopulation that is primed to undergo myofibroblastic differentiation in normal ECM

microenvironments, and 3) how posttranslational modifications of the provisional/wound

healing matrix add another level of complexity to cell-matrix homeostasis in the context of

disease.

Sep
25
Wed
2019
BCREGMED Making Writing Easier Workshop
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Who is this workshop for? 

Researchers who are struggling with writing manuscripts, grants, research program descriptions for applications, scholarships or thesis.

What is this workshop about? 

Researchers tell me that writing is hard. They are overwhelmed by our ideas, unsure where to start, and feel lost at times. Melissa E Anders has been developing and implementing grants with scientists for more than 15 years and she has a deep curiosity and understanding about human nature and how we can harness our true selves. It is at this intersection that she draws from to support researchers in making writing easier.

In this workshop you will learn how the writing process works, how to design your own unique writing process and practical ways to begin to clear the obstacles that come up for you so that you can get started, maintain momentum and complete your writing projects.”
– Melissa E. Anders

September 25th: Students/Trainees
September 26th: PIs/Scientists/Faculty/Project Managers

REGISTRATION OPEN HERE

Sep
26
Thu
2019
BCREGMED Making Writing Easier Workshop
Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Who is this workshop for? 

Researchers who are struggling with writing manuscripts, grants, research program descriptions for applications, scholarships or thesis.

What is this workshop about? 

Researchers tell me that writing is hard. They are overwhelmed by our ideas, unsure where to start, and feel lost at times. Melissa E Anders has been developing and implementing grants with scientists for more than 15 years and she has a deep curiosity and understanding about human nature and how we can harness our true selves. It is at this intersection that she draws from to support researchers in making writing easier.

In this workshop you will learn how the writing process works, how to design your own unique writing process and practical ways to begin to clear the obstacles that come up for you so that you can get started, maintain momentum and complete your writing projects.”
– Melissa E. Anders

September 25th: Students/Trainees
September 26th: PIs/Scientists/Faculty/Project Managers

REGISTRATION OPEN HERE

D.R.I.N.K.S @ Mahoney & Sons
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct
4
Fri
2019
2019 BCREGMED HACKATHON @ VARIOUS
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm

BCRegMed and the Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria are proud to host the 2nd annual health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon! After a very successful first Hackathon at UVic last year, we are making this year even bigger! With a cross-campus Hackathon happening between UVic and UBC!

Hackathons are focused events which bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. We are currently looking for challenges to be solved by our hackers at this exciting event. The challenges will be drawn from health-related needs in the local community and health care facilities and local teams of hackers will develop innovative solutions to these challenges.

For more info visit: https://bcregmed.ca/symposium/2019-2/hackathon/

Oct
24
Thu
2019
Cascadia Corridor Research Symposium @ The Fairmont Empress Victoria
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

BCRegMed, with the Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington, and Stem Cell Network are proud to host the first Cascadia Regenerative Medicine Symposium.

The event will take place October 24th and 25th at the Fairmont Hotel in Victoria, BC, and will provide an opportunity for the rich academic talent pools from BC and Washington to share their knowledge and expertise with the community, generate new collaborative partnerships, identify existing gaps in the fields of regenerative medicine and cell therapy, and continue to work toward effective and permanent solutions to some of today’s most challenging and prevalent health care issues.

Organized by out friends at UW (Tom Reh, Andrea Wills, Cole DeForest, Jessica Young, Mary Regier) and widely affiliated BC crowd (Liam Brunham, Matt Ramer, Stephanie Willerth, and Kevin Hay), we invite you to attend our highly anticipated, two half-day event. Below you will find the rudimentary agenda and a link for registration. Registration is very limited, so don’t hesitate! More information will be provided regarding accommodations in Victoria following your successful registration.

For sponsorship opportunities and more information, please contact our program manager Lisa Borecky: lborecky@bccrc.ca.

Click here for more info

Oct
25
Fri
2019
D.R.I.N.K.S @ Mahoney & Sons
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nov
4
Mon
2019
Till and McCulloch Meeting @ Hotel Bonaventure Montréal
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all day
The 2019 Till and McCulloch Meetings (TMM2019) co-hosted with CCRM will take place November 4-6, 2019 in Montréal, Québec!

The Till & McCulloch Meetings brings together stem cell scientists, clinicians, ethicists, policy makers and industry representatives from Canada and abroad. The event provides a tremendous opportunity for attendees to network and share research in the pursuit of scientific and clinical advancement. 


Important Registration Dates:
Online Registration opens —  April 8, 2019
Early Bird Registration closes —  August 14, 2019

Online Registration closes —  October 9, 2019


For more information about TMM2019 
click here
Nov
21
Thu
2019
D.R.I.N.K.S @ Mahoney & Sons
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec
19
Thu
2019
D.R.I.N.K.S @ Mahoney & Sons
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm