The Human Trial

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Oct 24 7:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lisa Hepner
Guy Mossman


In 2011, filmmakers Lisa Hepner and Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes, the married couple secured unprecedented, real-time access to a clinical trial led by San Diego–based biotech company ViaCyte—only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. What follows is an intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to advance medical science. This candid doc shows the frustratingly incremental progress of clinical trials, following ViaCyte employees into drab laboratories and grueling cross-country pitch sessions with investors. In the world of biotech and medical research, there are no tidy solutions.


Directors Lisa Hepner and Guy Mossman along with film subject Greg Romero and Dr. Bruce Perkins will participate in a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Carly Weeks (The Globe and Mail).

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

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