About Early Drug Discovery Unit

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE EARLY DRUG DISCOVERY UNIT

2015

The iPSC/CRISPR Platform is launched at The Neuro with an initial focus on Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a  generous $1 million gift from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom, and partnerships with Brain Canada, Laval University, Marigold Foundation and the Quebec Parkinson Network.


2016

New industry partnerships and philanthropic gifts to The Neuro allow the iPSC/CRISPR Platform to expand its research focus to ALS and intellectual disabilities.


2017

The first hands-on iPSC workshop is hosted by the iPSC/CRISPR Platform for trainees at The Neuro and Douglas Research Centre, in partnership with STEMCELL Technologies.

A partnership was also launched between the iPSC/CRISPR Platform and the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), combining Open Science efforts.


2018

The work of the iPSC/CRISPR Platform is featured on The Neuro's Neuro XXceptional series and in the media, with coverage from Global News Morning Montreal, Radio Canada, and McGill Med e- News.


2019

The EDDU held its second iPSC training workshop, published 2 open-access review articles (bringing their total to 3), and launched a blog on Open Lab Notebooks to share protocols and expertise.

The iPSC/CRISPR Platform is now known as The Neuro's Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU) to encompass all the activities that are part of the group.


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