Our lab has been awarded a 2019 Innovation Fund from the Ted Rogers Center for Heart Research to develop in vitro models of heart failure in collaboration with Drs. Gramolini and Billia. (July 2019).
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Congratulations to Olya, for successfully defending her MSc thesis! Here is her and Rupal, who’s also leaving the lab to do her PhD, on their going away lab celebration.
It’s not just work! The lab went out to celebrate Kenny’s successful MSc defense and, in keeping with lab tradition started by Yassi (who could not attend), he got a personalized, GoT themed shirt and a med-school related gadget to remember us by. Good luck at med school, Kenny! Thanks for the hard work - we will certainly miss you! (Jun 2019)
Dr. Vasconcelos presented her lab’s work in cardiac regeneration post-MI at the ISACB meeting in Zurich (Jun 2019)
Our lab has published it’s first pre-print! We used human cardiac fibroblasts and hiPSC-CMs to create an in vitro model of heart failure driven by cardiac fibrosis. We think this model will be great to study specific pathways, cell-cell communication in a human-relevant model & welcome feedback on the paper’s content, our interpretation of data etc. Big thanks to amazing collaborators (Young and Fish labs) & the fantastic team who’s been working on this for ~4yrs! (May 2019)
Our paper on the deleterious effects of diabetes in vessel engraftment is out as part of the BMES society 2019 CMBE Young Innovators award. Thank you to all the hard working trainees involved and our funding sources. (May 2019)
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Congrats to our Master’s student Kenneth Williams on his acceptance into med school at UofT! Well deserved! We are sure he will become a very capable an caring physician. (May 2019)
Dr. Vasconcelos is talking about her lab’s work in modeling cardiac fibrosis in vitro in the all female led panel discussion at the OIRM 2019 symposium in Toronto (May 2019)
The lab has set up a booth at the Let’s talk science event to interact with grade 6-8 students and talk about science and what we do in the lab. A huge thank you to all who participated - especially Rupal and our undergrads Blessing and Kayla who hit the ground running and took initiative to get involved! (May 2019)
Dr. Vasconcelos presented the latest work from the Vasconcelos lab on Therapeutic Vascularization for Tissue Regeneration at the Emerging Topics session on Adaptation of Microvessels and Lymphatics at the Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando (April 2019)
Dr. Vasconcelos presented the latest work from the Vasconcelos lab on modelling human cardiac fibrosis-on-a chip at the hiPSCs: From Disease Models to Mini-Organs conference in Tours, FR. (Jan 2019)
End of the year lab celebration at Rosalinda. Happy Holidays! (Dec 2018)
Our post-doc, Dr. Yassi Aghazadeh, received a best poster award from the 11th World Congress of Microcirculation for her work on pre-vascularization strategies for stem cell therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Congrats! (Sep 2018)
Yassi and Xuetao presenting their work at 11th WCM in Vancouver. (Sep 2018)
WCM2018 Local Organizing Committee dinner in Vancouver. (Sep 2018)
Drs Vasconcelos, Fish, Cherney & Billia received the 2018 Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence/Banting and Best Diabetes Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant in cardiovascular disease & diabetes to study the pleiotropic cardioprotective mechanisms of empagliflozin on heart failure in T2D. (Aug 2018)
Congrats to LMP's MSc candidate Kenny on receiving a 2018-2019 Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence Studentship Award! (Aug 2018)
Dr. Vasconcelos has received an Ontario's Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science Early Investigator Award (ERA) to advance the work on regenerative medicine. (May 2018)
Congrats to our USRP trainee Margaret on her IBBME Director's Summer Research Opportunities award! (May 2018)
Here we are celebrating Kenny's and Olya's success with CHIR and NSERC applications. Great job, guys! (April 2018)
Dr. Vasconcelos was featured in the Microcirculatory Society newsletter. (Apr 2018) [LINK]
Olya, our MSc student from IBBME also got her fellowship application funded! Congrats on your NSERC, Olya! (April 2018)
Kenny, our MSc student from LMP, got his fellowship application to CIHR funded! Congrats, Kenny! (Apr 2018)
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos presented the latest work from the Vasconcelos lab on organ-on-a-chip and disease modeling at the MMB2018 in Monterrey, CA. (Mar 2018)
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos presented the latest work from the Vasconcelos lab on cardiac tissue regeneration at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, Spain. (Mar 2018)
The lab keeps growing: Khalil has joined us for his postdoctoral training from McGill U. He will be working on disease modeling in complex microtissues. (Mar 2018)
We start the new year with a new lab member: Rupal is joining us as a tech to help keep things in the lab running smoothly. Welcome Rupal! (Jan 2018)
Our little get together for the Holidays at Guu Izakaya (Dec 2017)
Yassi, who is doing a postdoc co-supervised by Drs. Vasconcelos and Nostro, placed 3rd at the Medicine by Design annual symposium poster competition! Congrats, Yassi! Beautiful work. (Dec 2017)
This is us saying goodbye to Ben Moon who is leaving out lab and moving to Montreal for a great job at NRC. Good luck, Ben! (Nov 2017)
Xuetao presented his work on heart re-muscularization with iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes at the 2017 Till & McCulloch Meeting in Mont-Tremblant with the support of a Medicine by Design travel award! (Nov 2017)
Congrats to both Olya and Kenny for being awarded scholarships, TOeP and OGS respectively, for their MSc!
Today my very first PhD student defended her thesis successfully. Congrats Dr. Wafa Altalhi! We both learned so much in these past 5 years. Good luck! (Sep 2017)
Thanks to the talented Maria Chakra (@PatternsNGames) for the great sketch of my talk on "Cardiovascular tissue engineering and regeneration: building complexity" at the Medicine by Design organoid group earlier this month (Aug 2017).
We welcome Olga Mastikhina who will be doing her MSc with us through the IBBME program at UofT (July 2017).
Congrats to Xuetao as his abstract got selected for oral presentation at the 2017 Till & McCulloch Meeting in Mont-Tremblant. He also got a full travel award from Medicine by Design! (July 2017)
We welcome the newest member of the Vasconcelos lab: Kenneth Williams. Kenny will be doing his MSc with us through the LMP program at UofT (July 2017).
Our trainees support the implementation of the Naylor Report and wanted you to know. You should support it too! [link]
Congratulations to our own Ben Moon for winning 1st place at the Ontario-on-a-Chip symposium Video Competition with his Hearts-on-a-chip (May 2017) [LINK]
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos has been awarded funding from CIHR (project grant) to pursue research in cardiac regenerative medicine in myocardial infarction. (May 2017)
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos NSERC discovery grant application in the effects of biomimetic cues in cardiovascular system formation has been funded. (Apr 2017)
Today we said goodbye to our undergrad Julia who's graduating from UofT. Thanks for the hard work! (Apr 2017)
We went out to celebrate Wafa's paper coming out. (Mar 2017)
Congrats to our research associate Xuetao Sun! His paper is out at Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. (Mar 2017)
Xuetao is the star of our JoVE paper coming out soon. It took a full day to film it but we made sure to have fun in the process! (Feb 2017)
Joint holiday celebration with Husain and Laflamme labs. Celebrating the end of a productive year. (Dec 2016)
Congrats to our PhD candidate Wafa Altalhi and research associate Xuetao Sun for the acceptance of their manuscript on the impact of diabetes on vessel maturation and arterio-venous specification in vascularized engineered tissues at Biomaterials! (Dec 2016)
Congrats to Wafa for receiving a travel award from CIHR to present her work on the impact of diabetes on pre-vascularized engineered tissues at IVBM 2016 in Boston! (Oct 2016)
Lab lunch at Adega! (Sep 2016)
Drs. Sara Vasconcelos, Cristina Nostro and Derek van der Kooy have been awarded funding from JDRF-USA to pursue research in Type 1 diabetes [LINK]. (Sep 2016)
Congratulations to Yassi for winning the prestigious JDRF-Lilly Canada fellowship! (Sep 2016)
Drs. Sara Vasconcelos, Cristina Nostro, Derek van der Kooy and Mark Cattral team grant has been funded by Medicine by Design, Canada First Research Excellence Fund [LINK]. (Aug 2016)
We welcome Byeong-Ui (Ben) Moon to the lab! He will be working on our microfuidics, organ-on-a-chip projects. (Aug 2016)
Congratulations to Yassi for winning TGRI postdoctoral fellowship! (Aug 2016)
Congratulations Yassi on your marriage! Here we are helping her say goodbye to the single life... (Jun 2016)
Congratulations to the Mighty Myocytes who raised >$5,000 this year for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the Ride for Heart. (Jun 2016)
We are excited to be part of the Team funded by NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, designed to help train teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows in organ-on-a-chip engineering and entrepreneurship (TOeP). [LINK]
Drs. Vasconcelos and Nostro have been awarded seed fund from Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Medicine by Design for their work on engineered human islets.
Dr. Vasconcelos has received an Early Stage Faculty Travel Award from the European Society of Microcirculation for the 10th World Congress of Microcirculation in Tokyo, Japan. (Sep 2015)
We have received a Medical Research Award from the JP Bickell Foundation (Toronto, CA) (Oct 2015)
Dr. Vasconcelos received bridge funding from CIHR for her project on cell transplantation for myocardial regeneration. (Mar 2015)
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos has received an Early Stage Faculty Travel Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) for the 2014 TERMIS-AM conference in Washington D.C., USA.
We welcome Xuetao Sun to the lab! He will be leading a project on cardiac tissue regeneration using human induced pluripotent stem cells. (Aug 2014)
Congratulations to Sara and co-authors on receiving the Best manuscript award from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto for the publication: “Biowire: a platform for maturation of human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes”.
Congratulations to the Mighty Myocytes who raised >$1,700 this year for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the Ride for Heart. (Jun 2014)
Dr. Vasconcelos received bridge funding from CIHR for her project on vessel arterio-venous malformations. (Mar 2014)
We have successfully renewed our HSF grant on vessel arterio-venous specification (Mar 2014)
Dr. Sara Vasconcelos has received the competitive Innovation and Career Development Travel Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).
Dr. Vasconcelos' project on vessel arterial-venous malformations was funded by the HSF.