Dr. Bruin joined Diabetes Canada and other Canadian diabetes researchers (Drs. Erin Mulvihill, Lorraine Lipscombe, Sonia Batalia and Fraser Scott) on Parliament Hill to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month and the national "Diabetes360" initiative.
Melody spent the summer working under the wing of MSc student, Myriam Hoyeck, studying the effect of dioxin exposure during pregnancy on the dam pancreas. Congrats on an outstanding poster presentation!
Today we hosted grade 12 biology students from Elmwood School. Myriam and Erin taught the students how to genotype mice using PCR and gel electrophoresis, and we visualized mouse islets using immunofluorescence staining. Myron Smith gave us a tour of the greenhouses and research garden. #protip: hot peppers are a great way to deter groundhogs in your garden!
The last few weeks have been super busy in the lab but so much fun. Every single person in the lab, including current students, former students, and even a prospective student, pitched in to help isolate islets. We had Stella Luna gelato as a thank everyone. We will be back!
Our Ottawa diabetes journal club now officially off to the races. We meet monthly and have members from the Chee, Abizaid, and Bruin labs at Carleton. We also recently welcomed the Mulvihill lab from University of Ottawa Heart Institute. This week we learned about the role of GATA6 in beta cells.
This year's OIRM Annual Symposium in Toronto was a fantastic day full of exciting research updates from the Ontario stem cell community. Dr. Bruin presented our work-in-progress studying the impact of persistent pollutants on endocrine cell development, funded by an OIRM New Ideas Grant. Erin MacFarlane and Myriam Hoyeck were also awarded OIRM travel grants to attend the symposium.