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Solar Eclipse
On Monday August 21, 2017, much of North America could witness the partial solar eclipse. It began just after 1:00pm. By about 2:30pm, we could witness about two-thirds of the sun covered up. The Shoichet group joined many other labs around King's College Circle, University of Toronto, to view the eclipse. Special thanks to Mike Cooke for the collage of eclipse that he made. The next total solar eclipse won't be until 2024.

CTV News
A Killam Prize winner's top 5 ideas for getting more women in STEM.

Medicine by Design
Multidisciplinary research teams target blindness and stroke damage using regenerative medicine.

The Times of Israel
Molly Shoichet sits down with Dana Wachter, where she talks about how her passion in science and her love of asking questions, has helped to fuel her career and her success. Her drive to succeed was further enhanced through the encouragement and support from her family, teachers, mentors and role models. She brings this similar strength in her students, and at the same time, to also encourage their creativity. Together, in her lab, researchers work to reverse degenerative disease - and gender discrimination.

Canada Council for the Arts
Molly Shoichet is one of the five recipients of this year's Killam Prizes! The Killam Prize is one of Canada's most prestigious research awards.

Molly Shoichet's receipt of the Killam Prize has garnered a lot of media attention.

Ideas with Paul Kennedy, CBC Radio
(Molly's interview with Paul Kennedy starts at 13.48 and ends at 23 min)


Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio

CBC News

University of Toronto
University of Toronto, Engineering News

Chemical Institute of Canada
Molly Shoichet celebrates with Grant Allen, Chair of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, and Rob Batey, Chair of Chemistry, after winning the Kavel Pugi award from the Chemical Institute of Canada

The Great Hope: Biomaterial Methods for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment
In our Advanced Healthcare Materials paper, we critically evaluate combination strategies that use biomaterials to deliver drugs and/or cells to promote recovery following spinal cord injury.

Engineering Change in Medicine
• On Wednesday December 7 at 7pm, Dr. Shoichet delivered a public lecture at The Perimeter Institute on how her lab is engineering new strategies to combat cancer, blindness and stroke. Dr. Shoichet's lecture begins at about 23 minutes into the program.

• On Tuesday December 6, Dr. Shoichet spoke about her research on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Public Talk with Molly Shoichet
On Monday November 21 at 7pm, Dr. Shoichet will be speaking at the Toronto Public Library's Cutting Edge Lectures Series. In Dr. Shoichet's talk, she will explain how the cure of cancer, blindness and stroke lies in changing the way we look at the cause and treatment of these devastating illnesses.

U of T's Molly Shoichet racks up the prizes
Dr. Shoichet is featured in NOW Magazine's (Oct 19, 2016) online site regarding the numerous awards she has been winning. Molly recently won the 2016 Till & McCulloch Award, which recognizes Canadian stem cell researchers, for her studies related to the use of hydrogels for stem cell transplantation..

National Academy of Engineering
On Sunday October 9, 2016, Dr. Shoichet is inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as a Foreign Member.

2016 Till & McCulloch Award
Dr. Shoichet is awarded the 2016 Till & McCullloch Award. The award recognizes both Dr. Shoichet’s contributions to global stem cell research, and her 2015 paper on the use of hydrogels for stem cell transplantation as the most impactful stem cell research publication authored in Canada in the past year.

U.S. National Academy of Engineering
Molly Shoichet is elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a Foreign Members, for contributions to neural tissue engineering and design of polymers for cell and drug delivery.

Big Funding News
Behind the scenes of Medicine by Design with Molly Shoichet and Peter Zandstra.

CBC's Metro Morning with Matt Galloway
Molly discusses "Medicine by Design" grant to UofT on CBC's Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.



Feature of the Month

• We welcome Eric Ho (BASc, Waterloo), Margaret Ho (BMSc, Western) and Carter Teal (MEng, Imperial College, UK) to our lab for graduate studies. Many congratulations in the lab: Julia Rao on winning an award at UnERD; Ahil Ganesh, Sam Payne and Margaret Ho on receiving an OGS; and Jackie Obermeyer on receiving a QEII Scholarship. We would also like to congratulate Stephanie Fisher on securing an intership at BlueRock Therapeutics.


Recent Publications

Hettiaratchi MH; Führmann T; Shoichet MS. 2017 "Recent Advances in Regenerative Medicine Approaches for Spinal Cord Injuries", Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering (invited review), 4: 40-49; doi: 10.1016/j.cobme.2017.08.002

Ganesh AN; Logie J; McLaughlin CK; Barthel BL; Koch T; Shoichet BK; Shoichet MS. 2017 "Leveraging colloidal aggregation for drug-rich nanoparticle formulations", Molecular Pharmaceutics, 14: 1852-60; doi: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.6b01015

Logie J; Ganesh AN; Aman AM; Al-awar RS; Shoichet MS. 2017 "Preclinical evaluation of taxane-binding peptide-modified polymeric micelles loaded with docetaxel in an orthotopic breast cancer mouse model", Biomaterials, 123: 39-47; doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.01.026
Fisher SA; Baker AEG; Shoichet MS. 2017 "Designing peptide and protein modified hydrogels: selecting the optimal conjugation strategy", Journal of the American Chemical Society (Invited Perspective), 139: 7416-27; doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b00513