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Dr. Ian Rogers


Dr. Ian Rogers


Dr. Ian Rogers focuses on developing the regenerative capacity of umbilical cord and adult stem cells for clinical use, and so making them a part of future standard of care. The applications of his research have the potential to improve our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of some of the most common diseases of our time, including diabetes and leukemia.

Dr. Rogers was involved with the establishment of Canada's first, and largest, cord blood bank, first located at Mount Sinai Hospital and now managed by Insception Biosciences. Umbilical cord stem cells form the basis of several of his research programs. In one program, which is nearing the clinical trial stage, he is attempting to double or even triple the number of stem cells generated from one umbilical cord donation.

Since 2003, Dr. Rogers has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Rogers is also a founding scientist of Insception Biosciences, where he is a consultant and a member of its board of directors.

Dr. Rogers is also a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Coalition for Regenerative Stem Cell Medicine ( and the Parents Guide to Cord Blood (


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At a Glance

  • Stem cell therapies for leukemia, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease; investigation of fetal disease
  • Dr. Rogers studies hematopoietic stem cells and their use in regenerative medicine.
  • Umbilical Cord Blood can be used as a source of blood stem cells in bone marrow transplants and in some instances are superior to the stem cells found in bone marrow aspirates.


Major Research Activities

In a collaboration with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum's stem cell pioneer Dr. Andras Nagy, Dr. Rogers is working to develop induced pluripotent stem cells, which have the ability to develop into many different types of cells, from cord blood cells. Increasing the regenerative capacity of cord blood cells would extend their healing power beyond the blood diseases for which they are used currently. In a collaboration with Dr. David Harris at University of Arizona, he is exploring the use of umbilical cord blood to generate retinas and cartilage.

Dr. Rogers' work has the potential to alleviate the suffering of people with diabetes. One project investigates the use of stem cells to treat Type 1 diabetes and some of the complications of Type 2 diabetes. Another project involves using stem cells to regenerate blood vessels to counteract the poor circulation that often leads people with Type 2 diabetes to undergo amputation.


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Ontario Health Study Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. mitacs honorary partner


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