The ISSCR held its first annual meeting in Asia as more than 3,500 attendees joined us in Yokohama, Japan for the ISSCR 10th Annual Meeting, co-sponsored by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University.

We would like to thank the 2012 Annual Meeting Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Lawrence S. B. Goldstein, for putting together a strong and diverse scientific program that covered a wide range of topics and presenters. In all, this year’s program featured seven plenary sessions, 20 concurrent tracks spread over four separate sessions and several other networking and educational sessions. By more than doubling the number of abstract-selected speakers this year, more scientists were given the opportunity to give oral presentations than ever before. In addition, the Program Committee was able to draw on the strength of the local research community, with more than 25 oral presentations given from researchers based in Japan. As a result of a record-number of abstract submissions, more than 1,400 posters were presented in two evening poster receptions. The ISSCR thanks all who participated and extends our congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Junior Investigator Poster Awards (listed below).

Prior to the start of the annual meeting, Industry Wednesday Symposia (IWS) and Focus Sessions offered the opportunity for an in-depth discussion of topical issues in stem cell science. These events helped set the stage for the main program that began Wednesday afternoon. In all, three IWS and two Focus Sessions were held. The ISSCR thanks BD Biosciences, Thermo Scientific and PerkinElmer/Summit Pharmaceuticals International for participating in the IWS sessions and the ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine for organizing the Focus Sessions.

The ISSCR 10th Annual Meeting opened with the Presidential Symposium, which was entitled “Early Life Decision” and featured four keynote talks focused on the science behind early fate decisions and reprogramming cells back to a pluripotent state. These included talks by some of the top names in the field of cellular reprogramming: Rudolf Jaenisch, Austin Smith, John Gurdon and Kazutoshi Takahashi, the lead author on the seminal papers describing the creation of iPSCs.  Before the first of these talks, the ISSCR was pleased to award the 2012 ISSCR Public Service Award to Rob and Cheryl McEwen in recognition of their extraordinary support and advocacy for stem cell research and innovation.

This year marked the 10th Anniversary of the ISSCR, and we were honored by the presence of their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan at a ceremony commemorating that milestone. The ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Yokohama, the Governor of the Kanagawa Prefecture and the Senior Vice President of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, all of whom offered words of welcome and support for stem cell research. The Emperor and Empress were escorted by incoming ISSCR President Shinya Yamanaka and were welcomed by ISSCR President Fred H. Gage. During the ceremony, founder Leonard Zon presented a 10-year history of the ISSCR.

In addition to the ISSCR Public Service Award, two further awards were presented throughout the course of the meeting. The second annual McEwen Award for Innovation was presented to Rudolf Jaenisch, who was recognized for his pioneering discoveries in the genetic and epigenetic control of development, which have profoundly impacted the future potential of embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent cells for use in cell therapies. In addition, the University of Pittsburgh-ISSCR Outstanding Young Investigator Award was presented to Cédric Blanpain for his research on stem cell fate decisions during development and their relation to the formation and relapse of cancer.

This year’s final plenary session opened with an address from President-Elect Shinya Yamanaka, who shared his vision for the ISSCR in the upcoming year. The meeting closed with the fifth annual Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture, which was given by Fiona Watt, who provided an excellent presentation of her recent research into the regulation of epidermal stem cell fate decisions by intrinsic and extrinsic signaling. This work has significant implications in the maintenance of epidermal tissue and in the development of skin cancer.

Following the annual meeting, the ISSCR offered a Public Symposium in conjunction with the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Entitled “Using the ‘Cutting Edge’ to Access Cellular Programs – iPS Cells and Our Future,” the event featured presentations by Sir Ian Wilmut and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka followed by a moderated discussion of the potential of iPS and reprogramming technologies. The ISSCR would like to especially thank Rieko Takahashi and Yuko Okayama at the Miraikan Museum for their roles in making this a successful event, including arranging for live, simultaneous translation of the event into Japanese and English.

This recap provides only a brief overview of the events at this year’s meeting in Yokohama. An in-depth scientific report on the science presented at the meeting will appear in the ISSCR pages of Cell Stem Cell in October.

Awards and Honors

2012 Junior Investigator Poster Awards


Each year, the ISSCR awards outstanding poster presentations given by Associate Members. The winners each receive a complimentary registration to the ISSCR 11th Annual Meeting; a complementary one-year subscription to Cell Stem Cell and Current Protocols in Stem Cell Research; and a $250 stipend. 

Vishal Deshmukh, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA – Oligodendrocyte precursor cell differentiation inducing factors as a regenerative therapy for multiple sclerosis.

Jieun Lee, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA – Activation of innate immunity is required for efficient nuclear reprogramming.

Yoshiko Matsumoto, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan – EP4 receptor-dependent direct and independent indirect effects of prostaglandin E2 in the regulation of adult hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells.

Sonia Mulero-Navarro, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA – Abnormalities in Noonan syndrome and Noonan/JMML human iPS-derived hematopoietic cells.

Dongsu Park, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA – In vivo tracking of the role of endogenous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

Yonatan Stelzer, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel – Genome-wide gene expression and DNA methylation analyses of parental imprinting in human parthenogenetic iPS cells.


2012 Travel Awards

Each year, travel grants are awarded to assist with travel to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting. The 2012 Travel Grants were supported by the ISSCR, BD Biosciences and Kyoto University/CiRA.

ISSCR-supported Travel Grant recipients:

Christopher Arnold

Qiang Bai

Tahsin Stefan Barakat

Ori Bar-Nur

Silke Becker

Uri Ben-David

Oxana Bereshchenko

Matthew Birket

Kathryn Blaschke

Chun Hang Chen

Chih-Lung Chen

Huan-Chieh Cho

Lily Cho

Seong Mi Choi

Mark Chong

Bruna Corradetti

Cheryl Dambrot

Sugapriya Dhanasekaran

Emmanuel Dimont

Jonas Doerr

Dasa Dolezalova

Jill Dowen

Raghu Edupuganti

Carl Ernst

Itzel Escobedo

Christian Goritz

Ina Gruh

Aysen Gunel-Ozcan

Lieven Haenebalcke

Riikka Hämäläinen

Kenshiro Hara

Olesja Hazenbiller

Raymond Hickey

Samantha Hodgson

Hsiao-Ning Huang

Nathaniel Hwang

Jin Young Joo

Robert Judson

Carla Kaneto

Katie Kathrein

Pakpoom Kheolamai

Mi-Yeon Kim

Caghan Kizil

Karin Klauke

Kai Kretzschmar

Julia Ladewig

Maria Lagarkova

Dong Sung Lee

Wenzhao Li

Jiyuan Liao

Chein Huang Liao

Jung Jin Lim

Yuchun Liu

Song Lu

Yoshiko Matsumoto

Tapan Mistri

Byoung-San Moon

Roksana Moraghebi

Konrawee Muangprasert

Rekha Nair

Jovica Ninkovic

Toshinobu Nishimura

Miwako Nishio

Mari Ohnuki

Victor Olariu

Isabel Onofre

Rie Ouchi

Rodrigo Panepucci

Chia-Ning Shen

Shihpei Shen

Anjali Shiras

Amar Singh

Christopher Smith

Esther Son

Panagiota Sotiropoulou

Rupali Srivastava

Ciara Staunton

Shigeki Sugii

Shahragim Tajbakhsh

Fangzhi Tan

Francesco Saverio Tedesco

Giuseppe Testa

Kousuke Uranishi

Leah Vardy

Yangming Wang

Yinliang Xie

Ryo Yamamoto

Joan Yang

Huang-Tian Yang

Morita Yuika

Shiyue Zhang

Ying Zhang

Haiyan Zhang

BD Bioscience-supported Travel Grant recipients


Masato Fujioka

Christos Gekas

Wolfram Goessling

Dan Kaufman

Min Jung Kim

Michaela Kunova

Taito Matsuda

Amir Morshedi

Chul-Yong Park

Jeroen van de Peppel

Fengming Yue

Kyoto University/CiRA-supported Travel Grant recipients


Maddalena Adorno

Francisca Alcayaga-Miranda

Saeid Amini-Nik

Kathryn Anderson

Montserrat Anguera

Salvador Aznar Benitah

Thorsten Boroviak

Simon Braun

Tal Bruck

Daniela Bueno

Leonora Buzanska

Raymond Camahort

Irene Cantone

Nan Cao

Kai Cao

Claudia Cattoglio

Koushik Chakrabarty

Stuart Chambers

Yau-Chi Chan

Yu-Jen Chang

Lingyi Chen

Jijun Chen

Chunhai Chen

Xiaodong Chen

Ting Chen

Nicolas Christoforou

Ci Chu

Mikhal Cohen

Anthony Conway

Eric Deneault

Waruna Dissanayaka

Dang Vinh Do

Zsuzsa Erdei

Nina Fainstein

Anna Falk

Weijun Feng

Gershon Finesilver

Maria Carolina Florian

Hananeh Fonoudi

Maria Fernanda Forni

Alessia Gagliardi

Sudeshna Gangopadhyay

XinQuan Ge

Kamran Ghaedi

Saik Kia Goh

Andrew Goldstein

Dong Wook Han

Jiyou Han

Steve Han

Seyedeh Nafiseh Hassani

Yohei Hayashi

Hanna Hiidenmaa

Adam Hirst

Jin-Bon Hong

Pei-Shan Hou

Patrick Hsieh

Ying-Chang Hsueh

Yin Huang

Meritxell Huch

Young Sun Hwang

Nipan Israsena

Junghyun Jo

Polynikis Kaimakis

Marisa Karow

David Kent

Dae-Sung Kim

Suzanne King

Evangelos Kiskinis

Yoji Kojima

Junji Komori

Sun-Young Kong

Oded Kopper

Soheir Korraa

Dongmei Lai

Ruenn Chai Lai

Allison Lau

Olga Lebedeva

Carol, Yee-Ki Lee

Jieun Lee

Younkyoung Lee

Dung-Fang Lee

Joo-Hyeon Lee

Rachel Leeder

Qizhou Lian

Boyoung Lim

Maria Lima

Thai-Yen Ling

Jing Liu

Chih-Hong Lou

Catherine Lu

Wan-Jin Lu

Mario Mairhofer

Carol Marchetto

Asif Maroof

Mohammad Massumi

Zubin Master

Milena Mazan

Angela McDonald

Brendan McIntyre

Muhammad Md Isa

Jose Medrano

Alexander Meissner

Shila Mekhoubad

Sylvia Merkert

Kei Miyamoto

Ameera Gaafar Mohmed

Faezeh Moraveji

Raul Mostoslavsky

Sonia Mulero-Navarro

Ariun Narmandakh

Kristopher Nazor

Kwong-Man Ng

Joo Youn Oh

Tamer Onder

Kento Onishi

Naoki Oshimori

Elizabeth Paik

Swee Heng Milon Pang

Athanasia Panopoulos

Bernadett Papp

Dongsu Park

Robert Passier

Priscilla Peh

Xuetao Pei

Davide Pellacani

Federico Pereyra-Bonnet

Daniela Pezzolla

Behshad Pournasr

Mattia Quattrocelli

Kate Quinlan

Alexander Ramos

Lingjun Rao

Mikkel Rasmussen

Hassan Rassouli

Daniel Ronen

Roger Ronn

Ricardo Rossello

Jung Min Ryu

Naisana S. Asli

Fatemeh Safari

Dhruv Sareen

Celeste Scotti

Nadav Sharon

Gen Shinoda

Surabhi Srivastava

Yonatan Stelzer

Jie Su

Ryohichi Sugimura

Leila Taghiyar

Minoru Takasato

Branden Tarlow

Ravikumar Thangappan

Rathi Thiagarajan

Marc Christian Thier

Stephen Ting

Peter Tonge

Masaya Ueno

Ausra Unguryte

Gudrun Valdimarsdottir

Inigo Valiente-Alandi

Peter van Galen

Robert Vanner

Aparna Venkatraman

Barbara von Tigerstrom

Avinash Waghray

Yinxiang Wang

Xiaoqun Wang

Ying-Hua Wang

Melissa Wilbert

Louise Winteringham

Mei Fang Wu

Yu-Chih Wu

Liang Xiaoting

Huafeng Xie

Masayo Yumoto

Kyuson Yun

Lior Zangi

Jiwang Zhang

Sheng Zhong

Yang Zhou

Jianhong Zh

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