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Top 10 Research Story of 2014

Paige Collins

Paige Collins | Friday, December 19, 2014

A discovery by Dr. Mick Bhatia is one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Top 10 research stories.


A discovery made by Dr. Mick Bhatia’s lab, published in Nature Communications, is being honoured as one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Top 10 research stories of 2014.

The study showed that human iPSCs have a memory at the genetic level of the cell type used to make them, which increases their ability to differentiate to that tissue type after being reverted to a stem cell state. For example, Dr. Bhatia demonstrated that stem cells made from blood cells are able to make blood ten times better than stem cells created from other parent tissue types. This discovery will be applied to improving stem cell therapy treatments for patients, enhancing disease modeling, and building on successes in the area of personalized drug discovery.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s annual list of Top 10 Research Stories highlights notable research achievements that have been funded, in full or in part, by the Society. We are grateful to the CSSRI for their continued support.

To learn more about Dr. Bhatia’s discovery, click here.

Did You Know? Dr. Mick Bhatia has appeared on the CCSRI's Top 10 Research Stories list 3 times in the past four years.

Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia

Director and Senior Scientist