The Till & McCulloch Award
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In 2005, the Stem Cell Network inaugurated the Till & McCulloch Award in honour of Canadians Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch, whose pioneering work established the field of stem cell research. Each year, the Stem Cell Network awards the Till & McCulloch Award to one researcher in Canada in recognition of his or her exceptional contributions to global stem cell research in that year. Researchers are nominated through a public process, and the Selection Committee chooses the awardee based on what is determined to be the year’s most influential peer-reviewed article by a Canadian stem cell researcher.
The award is presented at the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings and is accompanied by the delivery of the Till & McCulloch Lecture.
Nomination and Selection Process
Any researcher working in Canada in the stem cell field who had published a scientific finding in a peer reviewed journal between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 was eligible for the 2014 Award. The deadline for nominations has passed, and the winner of the 2014 Award will be announced at the 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings in Ottawa, Ontario.
The 2013 Till and McCulloch Award
Dr. Peter Zandstra, professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering and the Chief Scientific Officer at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, is the recipient of the 2013 Till and McCulloch Award. One article was cited in Dr. Zandstra's nomination:
- Csaszar E, Kirouac DC, Yu M, Wang W, Qiao W, Cooke MP, Boitano AE, Ito C, Zandstra PW. "Rapid expansion of human hematopoietic stem cells by automated control of inhibitory feedback signaling." Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Feb 3;10(2):218-29. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.01.003.
Dr. Zandstra will present the Till & McCulloch Lecture at the 2013 Till & McCulloch Meetings in Banff, Alberta. His presentation, titled, “Engineering pluripotent stem cell derived microtissues," will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The lecture will be broadcast live to the World Conference on Regenerative Medicine held in Leipzig, Germany.
The adjudication committee for the 2013 award included: Dr. Dean Betts (University of Western Ontario), Paul Cassar (Stem Cell Network), Dr. Jean-Sebastien Delisle (Université de Montréal), Dr. David Kent (University of Cambridge), Drew Lyall (Stem Cell Network), Ubaka Ogbogu (University of Alberta), James Price (Canadian Stem Cell Foundation), Dr. Fabio Rossi (University of British Columbia), Dr. Sheila Singh (McMaster University), Dr. Mark Ungrin (University of Calgary) and Dr. Derek van der Kooy (University of Toronto).