January 21, 2021

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ISSCR Annual Meeting

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What’s Australia like from the science to the country? I enjoyed the ISSCR2018 Annual Meeting in Melbourne on stem cells and regenerative medicine a few weeks back(here is a post on the some of the notable science from Day 1), but I also got a chance to get to know Australia a bit too. Below I have listed 7 observations about Australia interspersed with some fun pictures. First, I had a very positive impression of Australia and its people. The country is interesting and gorgeous. The …Read More

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Now that the ISSCR annual meeting is over, some overall stem cell trends are evident from the meeting in terms of the direction of the stem cell field. This was one of my favorite ISSCR meetings. Translation expectation and upbeat tone. The overall vibe at the meeting was a sense of excitement and optimism about the field and where it stands in terms of advancing knowledge and translating stem cells to the clinic. There are challenges and debates over the different possible paths forward, but the …Read More

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The second day of ISSCR 2016 started off with a great session on pluripotency and plasticity, and the first talk was by Shinya Yamanaka. He changed the title of his talk to “Reprogramming of Cells and Scientist”. As with my other posts on this meeting, this one is a stream of quotes and impressions from the talk. The beginning was more autobiographical on his part and then the second half was on basic science. I really enjoyed this talk overall. It’s now been a …Read More

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ISSCR 2016’s first plenary session is focused on stem cells & cancer. I was really excited about this one even before the meeting as this topic is a major focus of my own lab. Here’s the lineup for this plenary with great expertise in stem cells & cancer from across the globe: President’s Address: Sean Morrison, Children’s Research Institute at UT Southwestern, USA 2016 McEwen Award for Innovation Presentation: jointly, Austin Smith, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research and Institute for Stem Cell Biology, UK and Qi-Long Ying, …Read More

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Starting tomorrow I’m going to be at the ISSCR2016 meeting live blogging it in San Francisco. The annual ISSCR meeting is a great place to hear about all the latest research from basic findings to reports on pre-clinical and clinical studies. There are always valuable and unique insights from chatting with people too. I plan to report here on the latest science and policy developments including hopefully promising data on the goal of getting new stem cell therapies of various kinds moving from the lab …Read More

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Stem cell studies continue to make big news with a mixed bag of trends, and some good stem cell news and others not so much. Mesoblast ($MESO) had its stock suspended for quite so time recently in anticipation of a big announcement. When that news came today it was discouraging in the form of its partner Teva choosing to end their relationship with Mesoblast on a stem cell heart disease trial. Mesoblast spun this as something good that they regained the rights from Teva, but investors …Read More

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By Michael Cea Jeanne Loring of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California kindly sat down with me at the ISSCR annual meeting for a broad discussion of her history, views on the field and developments in the science. I found Jeanne a refreshing character, as I did a number of others I was fortunate to meet in Sweden. Her style I can only best describe as natural. It must be the Southern California air or something but there is a definite quality of relaxed …Read More

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Note that you can register for ISSCR Stockholm here and the early registration deadline is today, March 11. Even without ISSCR Stockholm is a city worth visiting! There is no Eiffel Tower, Colosseum or Big Ben but Stockholm is one of Europe’s best kept secrets and the most beautiful European city I have visited. This ‘Venice of the North’ has been selected for the 2015 ISSCR conference and after over 5 years of living in Stockholm to do my PhD I wanted to share …Read More

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If you read this blog you know that I like stem cell contests and giving out awards. In the latest contest I am teaming up with ISSCR. The winner of the contest will receive a free registration to the upcoming ISSCR 2014 Annual Meeting in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. How do you enter and possibly win? Simply write an essay, 300 words or less, on the topic: “Why I want to go to ISSCR 2014”. Send it to me at [email protected] I will pick the …Read More

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Here are the remaining stem cell meetings, conferences, courses, etc. for the rest of 2014. What an amazing lineup! You should register and go to some of these if you are at all interested in stem cells. As always if you do not see your meeting on the list, let me know (e.g. on Twitter @pknoepfler or via a comment). See you there! You can also see my full 2014 stem cell meeting hub page here. Remaining meetings on stem cells in 2014. Wisconsin …Read More