A Living Legacy

At the birthplace of stem cell research, the next generation of scientists continues to advance the field.

In Toronto’s downtown Discovery District, world-class stem cell researchers populate the buildings like athletes at the Olympics. On University Avenue, Andras Nagy, a renowned innovator in induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, works at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, housed within the towering Mount Sinai Hospital. Across the street and two blocks north, within the gleaming Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, sits Janet Rossant, a famed developmental biologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and pioneer working with stem cells in the early embryo. Rossant shares a floor with James Ellis, codirector of the Ontario Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility. Five floors below them are John Dick, discoverer of the first cancer stem cell, and Gordon Keller, director of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, who in 2008 was the first...

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