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A new series of animated stem cell videos – StemCellShorts

Posted by James Andrews on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

Animated Video - what is a stem cellThe first StemCellShorts video has been officially launched: “What is a stem cell?” narrated by stem cell researcher Dr. Jim Till.

Anyone who has spent time searching the Internet for quality educational materials will no doubt have encountered these common problems: there’s loads of stuff out there; not all of it is particularly good, current or accurate; the format and length may not be appropriate; and it may have a different focus than what you’re looking for (i.e. has commercial interests or is targeted at a narrow audience).


This is certainly true of online information pertaining to stem cell science, so when the Stem Cell Network offered a Public Outreach Award to help create educational or lay-friendly resources for public consumption, Mike Long and Ben Paylor embarked on the creation of StemCellShorts.

StemCellShorts is a series of  animated videos, roughly one-minute in length, that answers basic questions about stem cell research. Important to the success and academic credibility of the pieces, they decided to have each piece narrated by a prominent Canadian stem cell researcher.

The first video focuses on answering the questions “What is a stem cell?”. The piece is narrated by, arguably the most famous Canadian stem cell researcher, Dr. Jim Till.

Dr. Till had this to say about the project,

“I felt that it was important to contribute to “What is a stem cell” because of the fortuitous involvement of Dr. Ernest McCulloch and myself in what turned out to be the foundation of a new field of experimental stem cell research. I also hoped that my participation might possibly increase, to some extent, interest in the video.”

– Dr. Jim Till, Professor Emeritus, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Stay posted for two more videos:

  • “What are embryonic stem cells?” narrated by Dr. Janet Rossant
  • “What are induced pluripotent stem cells?” narrated by Dr. Mick Bhatia

These stem cell shorts will be released later in October - Don't want to miss the? - subscribe to the stem cell newsletter to receive up to date news and alerts when we publish new content.

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