Canadian Scientists Immortalized in Bronze

 Sculpture Unveiling Commemorates 55 years of Stem Cell Research

(Vancouver, BC)—Join us this Sunday, October 23, at 1pm, for the unveiling of the bronze portraits of Dr James Till and Dr Ernest McCulloch that were created by artist Ruth Abernethy. The unveiling, and new home, for the sculpture will be in the plaza out front of Science World. These bronze portraits are a gift from STEMCELL Technologies Inc., a Canadian biotechnology company with headquarters in Vancouver, BC.

The research of Drs. Till and McCulloch created the field of stem cell biology, which quickly allowed scientists to better treat leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers. Their work has led to the new field of cellular therapies, including regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, immunotherapy and gene therapy.

“The sculpture was donated to Science World to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Till and McCulloch’s pioneering work on stem cells,” said Dr. Allen Eaves, on behalf of STEMCELL. “It is important that we celebrate Canada’s contribution to scientific research and recognize the ongoing role Canadian researchers play as leaders in advancing science globally.”

Ruth Abernethy’s sculptures and installations grace public spaces municipally, regionally and nationally. Her sculptures have also been juried into exhibitions in Ireland, the United States, Australia and China. She recently received royal approval for a statue of Queen Elizabeth II seated on the Throne of Canada, to be unveiled in Toronto in 2017.

The sculpture unveiling will include comments from Dr Scott Sampson, President and CEO of Science World; Ruth Abernethy, artist; Dr Allen Eaves, President & CEO of STEMCELL Technologies; and Dr Connie Eaves, Distinguished Scientist, BC Cancer Agency, and Professor, Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia.

You can learn more about Till and McCulloch and about the artist who commemorated their achievements through Joe Sornberger’s book: Dreams & Due Diligence: Till and McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy and through Ruth Abernethy’s book: Life and Bronze: a Sculptor’s Journal. Both books will be available in the science store at Science World, with proceeds from the books being donated to Science World.

About STEMCELL Technologies Inc.
STEMCELL develops specialty cell culture media, cell isolation systems and accessory products used by scientists globally for life science research.

About Science World
Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

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For further information, contact:
Jason Bosher | Communications Coordinator | Science World British Columbia
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