Ottawa becoming hub for stem cell research thanks to collaborative approach

Ottawa is becoming a hub for stem cell research thanks to a collaborative approach that allows scientists to easily turn research into clinical trials, said scientists at a Stem Cell 101 forum held Tuesday evening at the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus. The city only has 25 stem cell scientists and is on par with places like California, which spends billions of dollars in the field, according to the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. 

Dr. Harry Atkins, a physician at the Ottawa Hospital's blood and marrow transport program, calls the city a fertile ground for research. "Things like muscle stem cells to repair problems with the muscles, or problems with the heart… I think that's going to be the next big thing that goes on in Ottawa," he said. 

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