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2012-05-15 19:15:39

Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) have discovered that mice that lack a gene called Snf2l have brains that are 35 per cent larger than normal. The research, led by Dr. David Picketts and published in the prestigious journal Developmental Cell, could lead to new approaches to stimulate brain regeneration and may provide important insight into developmental disorders such as autism and Rett syndrome. Dr. Picketts and his team...

2012-03-07 11:20:50

Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa have discovered that a drug called fasudil can extend the average lifespan of mice with Spinal muscular atrophy from 30.5 days to more than 300 days Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) have discovered that a drug called fasudil can extend the average lifespan of mice with Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) from 30.5 days to more than 300 days. The...

2011-09-01 12:00:09

Study led by Ottawa Hospital researcher published in the New England Journal of Medicine A study involving nearly 10,000 cardiac arrest patients from 10 North American regions has shown that extending the period of initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by paramedics and firefighters from one to three minutes provides no benefit. The study, led by Dr. Ian Stiell of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and the Resuscitation Outcomes...

2011-04-04 19:52:37

As Parkinson's Awareness Month gets underway, a Canadian-led international study is providing important new insight into Parkinson's disease and paving the way for new avenues for clinical trials. The study, led by Dr. Michael Schlossmacher in Ottawa, provides the first link between the most common genetic risk factor for Parkinson's and the hallmark accumulation of a protein called alpha-synuclein within the brains of people with Parkinson's. It is published in the most recent edition of the...

2010-04-08 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO and OTTAWA, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Fate Therapeutics, Inc. announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Verio Therapeutics Inc., a privately held biotechnology company based in Ottawa, Ontario, which is developing drug candidates targeting the activation of endogenous stem cells. Verio Therapeutics is advancing the work of several of Canada's leading stem cell scientists, including Michael Rudnicki, Ph.D., FRSC, and Lynn Arthur Megeney, Ph.D., who have made breakthrough...

2010-03-15 13:48:51

Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa have identified a promising new approach for developing drugs to treat Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading inherited cause of death in infants and toddlers. Dr. Rashmi Kothary and his doctoral student Melissa Bowerman have found that an enzyme called RhoA is overly active in a mouse model of the disease and blocking this enzyme can greatly increase survival. The study is published in Human...

2009-11-03 14:58:54

Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of non-small cell lung cancer prior to receiving radiation therapy should not be the basis for determining areas that may benefit from higher doses of radiation, according to research presented by investigators at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at the 51st ASTRO Annual Meeting (Abstract #2583/B-186). Some studies suggest that areas that have the highest amount of hypermetabolic activity on PET scan before treatment are the areas most likely to...

2009-09-18 07:48:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Jennerex, Inc. (San Francisco, CA and Ottawa, Ontario), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a proprietary breakthrough product class of targeted oncolytic virus therapeutics, today announced the Second and final closing of a private placement financing with aggregate gross proceeds of US $5,611,475, exceeding the target of US $5 million. As previously reported, the net proceeds of the private placement will be used to continue...

2009-06-11 14:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Jennerex, Inc. (San Francisco, CA and Ottawa, Canada), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that a $10 million grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has been received by the Centre for Cancer Therapeutics at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). A large portion of this grant will fund research and development in the lab of Dr. John Bell, Jennerex's chief collaborator for the discovery and development of...

2009-06-04 12:14:53

Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa have discovered a powerful new way to stimulate muscle regeneration, paving the way for new treatments for debilitating conditions such as muscular dystrophy.The research, to be published in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell, shows for the first time that a protein called Wnt7a increases the number of stem cells in muscle tissue, leading to accelerated growth and repair of skeletal muscle."This discovery...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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