Dr. Crystal Ruff is a keen investigator in the field of regenerative neuroscience and translational research, with a proven track record of academic and performance excellence. After graduating Summa Cum Laude (Top 1%) with an Honours BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from McMaster University, she completed her PhD in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), with the Director of Perinatal Brain Repair, investigating transcriptional regulation of axonal regeneration. Her graduate studies were completed under full-scholarship; she earned UCL’s Graduate Research Studentship and also the Overseas Research Studentship from the UK Secretary of State for Education and Science.
Dr. Ruff is currently applying this knowledge gleaned abroad to Canadian paradigms during her post-doctoral fellowship, spearheading the stem cell therapy for Cerebral Palsy animal initiative in association with the NeuroDevNet NCE. While at UHN, she has earned the Freedman Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative International Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as several national and international first place research-based awards. Her work investigates the potential for stem cells – both adult-derived and patient-specific iPSCs – to functionally remyelinate in the injured or dysmyelinated brain. She was awarded several travel awards for this and was an invited speaker at international conferences such as the Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference, the National Neurotrauma Society’s annual symposium, Canada’s CP in Motion symposium and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine’s annual conference.
Her work in knowledge translation of stem cell and regenerative medicine involves several internationally-distributed documents, as well as information packages produced for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy working group and CTV news. She has also produced oral presentations on stem cell therapy, including a keynote speech on the reality of stem cell treatments for CP for the Pediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association at their annual meeting.
Dr. Ruff is involved in several scientific committees, including the Stem Cell Network Trainee Communications Committee, the University Health Network Office of Research Trainees Steering Committee and the University Health Network Trainee Affairs Committee.
Her numerous and substantial scholastic and community awards, as well as her extensive involvement in the scientific and stem cell community, reveal her intrinsic drive to excel and results-oriented approach to problem solving and project management.