Featured Speakers

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Keynote Address
Jennifer Doudna, PhD, University of California, Berkeley and HHMI, United States

Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture
Patrick P.L. Tam, PhD, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia

Ernest McCulloch Lecture
Douglas A. Melton, PhD, Harvard University, United States

John McNeish Memorial Lecture
Katherine High, MD, Spark Therapeutics, United States




Presidential Symposium

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Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States

Graziella Pellegrini, PhD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy 

Ben Scheres, PhD, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Elly Tanaka, PhD, Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria  

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

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Recapitulating Development from Stem Cells

Anne Grapin-Botton, PhD, DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Shahin Rafii, MD, Cornell Medical College & Angiocrine Bioscience, United States 

Mitinori Saitou, MD, PhD, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan


Systems Biology of Heterogeneity

Francois Guillemot, PhD, The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom

Fredrik Lanner, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Karl Lenhard Rudolph, MD, Medical School Hanover, Germany


New Technologies in Stem Cell Engineering

Linda Griffith, PhD, MIT, United States

Angelo Lombardo, PhD, San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Italy

Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, United States

Alexander van Oudenaarden, PhD, Hubrecht Institute-KNAW & University Medical Center, Netherlands





Stem Cell Based Disease Modeling 

Steven A. Goldman, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, United States

Qiang Sun, PhD, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CAS, China

Joseph C. Wu, MD PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States


Cancer Stem Cells  

Allison Bardin, PhD, Institut Curie, France

Tannishtha Reya, BA, PhD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, United States

Louis Vermeulen, MD, PhD, Academic Medical Center, Netherlands

Jane E. Visvader, PhD, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia


Moving to the Clinic: Gene and Stem Cell Therapies

Michael Laflamme, MD, PhD, Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network, Canada

Stanley R. Riddell, MD, University of Washington, United States


Confirmed Concurrent Speakers

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Hossein Baharvand, PhD, Royan Institute, Iran

Jeffrey Beekman, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

Andrea Brand, PhD, FRS, FM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Peter Coffey, BSc Dphil, University College London, United Kingdom

Peter Currie, PhD, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Australia

Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc., United States

Dieter Egli, PhD, Columbia University, United States

Andrew George Elefanty, MB, BS, FRACP, PhD, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia

Margaret T. Fuller, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

Yukiko Gotoh, PhD, University of Tokyo, Japan

Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, Saban Research Institiute, Children's Hospital LA, United States

Lin He, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Kristian Helin, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Valerie Horsley, PhD, Yale University, United States

Pekka Katajisto, PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Jin-Soo Kim, PhD, Seoul National University, South Korea

Matthias P. Lutolf, PhD, EFPL, Switzerland

Stephanie Ma, PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Christine L. Mummery, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Alysson Muotri, PhD, University of California, San Diego, United States

Clare Parish, PhD, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia

Anne Rios, PhD, Princess Maxima Centrum, Netherlands

Isabelle Riviere, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States

Toshiro Sato, MD, PhD, Keio University, Japan

Xiaohua Shen, PhD, Tsinghua University, China

Paul J. Simmons, PhD, Mesoblast Ltd., Australia

Deepak Srivastava, MD, Gladstone Institutes, United States

Shahragim Tajbakhsh, PhD, Pasteur Institute, France

Pierre Vanderhaeghen, MD, PhD, University Brussels UEB, Belgium

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Columbia University, United States

Amy Wagers, PhD, Harvard University, United States

Haoyi Wang, PhD, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

Hynek Wichterle, PhD, Columbia University, United States

Sara Wickström, MD, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany

Xiao Yang, PhD, State Key Laboratory of Proteomics, Institute of Biotechnology, China 

Shosei Yoshida, MD, PhD, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

Yi A. Zeng, MD, PhD, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, SIBS, CAS, China


Concurrent Topics

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Cardiac Development and Disease
Disease Modeling
Epigenetics and Genetic Regulatory Networks
Epithelial Stem Cells
Gene Editing
Homeostasis, Metabolism and Aging
Mechanisms of Reprogramming I: To Pluripotency
Mechanisms of Reprogramming II: Transdifferentiation Between Lineages



Muscle Stem Cells
Nervous System Disease 
Neural Development
Organoids in Modeling Disease and Development
Road to the Clinic I
Road to the Clinic II
Stem Cell Niches
Stem Cells and Cancer
Stem Cells in Organ Development and Maintenance
Technology Frontiers
Tissue Engineering