Stem Cell Research Lab

Stem cells have the potential to redefine the way in which we treat patients because they have the ability to help reset a compromised immune system. I believe they may hold the key to curing some of the most prevalent illnesses facing our population today.

Dr. Bruce Mazer

Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Research Institute of the MUHC

The Challenge

Considered the “building blocks” of the body, stem cells are the body’s raw materials from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. They can become more than 200 different cell types in the body, including muscle cells, blood cells, or brain cells. These powerful cells also have the ability to heal as they can divide and create identical copies of themselves in order to repair and replace damaged tissues in the body.

Researchers have only begun to scratch the surface of the therapeutic benefits of stem cells, and there is still much to be known about how cells can be “guided” into becoming specific cells that can be used as treatment for people living with a variety of illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease, and infertility.

The Solution

Creating a Stem Cell Research Lab at the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC) will enable our researchers to lead some of the most advanced clinical trials in stem cell research to help save more lives.

The lab will help:

  • Improve patient outcomes by decreasing the delay between research and treatment
  • Enroll more patients in stem cell clinical trials
  • Reduce the number of patients who need to travel outside of the province or country for treatment
  • Recruit the best talent to ensure that patients are benefitting from the latest stem cell research right here at home

How you can help

We are raising $1 million to support the creation of the RI-MUHC’s Stem Cell Research Lab.

For more information, please contact, Kim Cavener, Manager Strategic Giving, kim.cavener@muhc.mcgill.ca, 514-934-1934, ext. 71852.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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