Archived — Canadian asset map for stem cell and regenerative medicine


7.1 National and International Networks

Canada's stem cell and regenerative medicine researchers are members of a number of different relevant national and international networks. These include those networks described in Table 6. Unless otherwise indicated, the description information has been sourced from the URL listed in the table.

Table 6. National and International Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Networks
Name Description URL
Stem Cell Network (SCN) Headquartered at University of Ottawa, ON, this federal government-funded Network of Centers of Excellence (NCE) was formed in 2001 and currently includes 96 researchers and 167 industry, public service and academic partners. It is a catalyst for enabling translation of stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products or public policy. It will receive $63.62M in federal government funding between 2001 & 2012.
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) This federal government-funded Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) was established at the end of 2010 at University of Toronto, ON. It aims to accelerate the commercialization of regenerative medicine technologies by bringing together business leadership and innovative stem cell and biomaterial technology development. It will receive $15M in federal government funding between 2011 and 2015.Footnote 24
AllerGen NCE Inc. Allergy and asthma research federal government-funded NCE headquartered at McMaster University, ON. Formed in 2004, it funds some stem cell research in asthma and inflammatory disease.
C17 Council Organization composed of the institutionally appointed heads of the 16 pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation programs in Canada. Acts as an authoritative Canadian voice representing the interests of children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.
Canadian Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Group National, voluntary, multi-disciplinary organization providing leadership and promoting excellence in patient care, research and education in the field of blood and marrow transplantation.
Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet) A translational cancer research resource, funded by CIHR, that furthers Canadian health research by linking cancer researchers with provincial tumour banks.
Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC) Founded in 2007 by a group of Canadian funding agencies (CFI, CIHR, Genome Canada, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Stem Cell Network) to support international collaboration on research on cancer stem cells. Currently has a strategic partnership with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Aims to secure and manage an estimated $500M in research funds during an initial 5-year period (2009–2014).Footnote 25
International Consortium of Stem Cell Networks HQ in Ottawa, ON. Consists of 18 stem cell networks from more than 10 countries; currently chaired by Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Scientific Director of Canada's Stem Cell Network.
International Society for Cellular Therapy A global association driving the translation of scientific research to deliver innovative cellular therapies to patients that was established in 1992. Dr. Armand Keating is on the Mesenchymal and Tissue Stem Cells Committee.
International Society of Stem Cell Research An independent, nonprofit organization formed to foster the international exchange of information on stem cell research between the world's leading stem cell scientists and researchers. HQ in Deerfield, Illinois, US. Drs. Connie Eaves and Derek van der Kooy are on the Board of Directors. Dr. Gordon Keller is a member of the Global Advisory Council.
International Stem Cell Forum Consists of 14 leading funders of stem cell research from 13 countries. Founded in January 2003 to encourage international collaboration and funding support for stem cell research. Canada's member is CIHR.Footnote 26 N/A
Pediatric Bone & Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) A voluntary group of clinicians and scientists that includes over 100 pediatric PBMTC centers in Canada, US, Australia and New Zealand. Purpose is to engage in scientific and educational activities related to the use of hematopoietic stem cells in the treatment of diseases of children and adolescents. Canadian members include Alberta Children's Hospital, BC Children's Hospital, Cancer Care Manitoba, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ste Justine Chu Ste-Justine, McGill University Health Center – Montreal Children's Hospital, and Sick Kids.

7.2 Provincial Networks

There are also a number of provincial research networks to which researchers belong. These include those listed in Table 7.Footnote 27

BC Preclinical Research Consortium
Table 7. Provincial Networks for Stem cell and Regenerative Medicine Researchers
Name Reach URL
British Columbia
BC Network for Aging Research British Columbia
Child & Youth Health Research Network British Columbia
BC Clinical Genomics Network British Columbia
British Columbia
BC Biolibrary British Columbia
BC Proteomics Network British Columbia
British Columbia Pancreatic Cancer Research Net British Columbia
Brain Research Centre British Columbia
ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries) British Columbia
Centre for Lymphoid Cancer British Columbia
Joint Injury and Arthritis Research Group Alberta
Airways Research Group University of Saskatchewan
Manitoba Neuroscience Network Manitoba
Spinal Cord Research Centre University of Manitoba
Medical Genetics Research Group Manitoba
Health Services Research Network (cancer research) (PDF 38 KB, 2 pages) Ontario (38 KB, 2 pages)
Imaging Network Ontario Ontario
Ontario Cancer Genetics Network Ontario
Ontario Stem Cell Initiative (virtual network of over 60 stem cell scientists in Ontario) Ontario
Ontario Translational Research Network (cancer research) Ontario
Network for Oral and Bone Health Research Quebec
Vision Research Network Quebec
Cancer Research Network Quebec
Réseau de thérapie cellulaire et tissulaire (ThéCell) Quebec
Groupe de recherche en sciences et technologies biomédicales (GRSTB) Institut de génie biomédical of École polytechnique Montréal
Groupe de recherche sur le système nerveux central Faculty of Medicine of University of Montreal
Montreal Diabetes Research Center Montreal Institutions
Maritime Provinces
Atlantic Path Research Network (cancer research) Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
New Brunswick Cancer Network New Brunswick
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