August 8, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

McEwen Award for Innovation

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By Agnes Soos Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston, nearly four thousand researchers and exhibitors gathered for the 15th Annual ISSCR Meeting. With presentations from over thirty plenary lectures, and dozens of others featured in concurrent sessions and the daily Innovation Showcases, there definitely was no shortage of exciting research to discover and discuss. There was a record number of exhibitors this year with over 150 companies set up in Exhibit Hall. Added to this, the always-busy Meet-Up Hubs, the job boards …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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By Jeanne Loring. On Wednesday afternoon at the ISSCR meeting in Boston, Jamie Thomson gave a talk about the history of human pluripotent stem cells. There were probably only a dozen people in the audience of around 3,000 who were working on human ES cells around the same time that Jamie and Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor were collaborating on the first derivation of human ES cells, which was published in 1998.  I found myself laughing (quietly- honest!) at Jamie’s recollections- Mike West approaching him to offer …Read More