Curiosity on Stage - This week: The Value of Stem Cells

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Feb 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Curiosity on Stage - This week: The Value of Stem Cells
Demo Stage
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Included with admission
Language Comments
Presentation in English and French with a bilingual Q+A.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.

While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.

This week: The Value of Stem Cells

Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, Canadian Blood Services


Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen is currently the director of Canadian Blood Services’ Stem Cell Program and is responsible for overseeing the national public cord blood bank, stem cell registry and autologous stem cell programs at the organization.

Dr. Elmoazzen obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta with a concentration in cryobiology. She then went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. Following her fellowship, she became an instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Bio-engineering in the Department of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her area of research was focused on fertility preservation and developing novel bio-preservation techniques for stem cells and reproductive cells.

Her primary areas of expertise and experience include bio-preservation, stem cell banking and translational medicine. She has published two book chapters on stem cell preservation as well as over 30 journal papers. She has over 80 contributed and invited presentations at various national and international meetings.

Come and listen to Dr. Elmoazzen as she discusses the enormous importance of stem cells!

Coming Up:

March 9 - Rachel Kuzmich: Finding where forest birds live, with lasers!

March 16 - Paul Sokoloff: Arctic Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature