September 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

#ISSCR2016

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Yesterday at ISSCR 2016, Fiona Watt gave a great talk about plasticity of epidermal stem cells. As with my other #ISSCR2016 posts, this one is a stream of impressions, quotes, and key points. For my other blog posts from the meeting see here. First she provided a nice overview of human skin architecture and regulation. The position of cells within this tissue directly impacts their fate and this is true of the stem cells as well. How do stem cells in the basal layer adopt …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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Something very unusual and positive just happened at this year’s ISSCR meeting. Every year in December I give out an award for the Stem Cell Person of the Year to the individual with the strongest positive impact in the stem cell field generated specifically from outside-the-box thinking and actions. Dr. Jeanne Loring was the recipient in 2015. The award comes with a $2,000 prize that I pay myself. Jeanne declined it, but that money is now going to support an innovative Parkinson’s patient research group called Summit for …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