The Ontario Stem Cell Initiative (OSCI) is a virtual network of over 100 stem cell and regenerative medicine research programs in Ontario, representing scientists from McMaster University, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. OSCI provides a direct portal to stem cell activities all over Ontario, informing and engaging the public, research partners, industry and the international research community. OSCI's origins began in 2008 with the Toronto Stem Cell Initiative and officially launched as a Provincial initiative on June 14, 2011. OSCI's slogan, Innovate & Challenge Fate, encompasses the work of its scientists who are challenging cell and disease fate through their innovative work.
Ontario has a long and distinguished history of groundbreaking discoveries in the stem cell field, dating back to the seminar discoveries of Till and McCulloch in Toronto, who proved the existence of blood stem cells in the early 1960’s and provided the rigorous and quantitative base for all succeeding stem cell biology research worldwide.
OSCI’s stem cell centres include:
- Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto
- Braley Centre for Automated Stem Cell Screening and Drug Discovery, McMaster University, Hamilton
- Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, Toronto
- Centre for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto
- McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto
- Ontario Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility, (now part of CCRM) Toronto
- Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London
- Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
- Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton
- Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre, SickKids, Toronto
- University of Toronto, Toronto