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Featured Speakers

Presidential Symposium

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

   

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Graziella Pellegrini, PhD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy 
McEwen Award for Innovation (co-recipient)
   

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Ben Scheres, PhD, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

   

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Elly Tanaka, PhD, Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria

 

     

 

Award Lectures

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Shuibing Chen, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, United States
Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator

 

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Connie Eaves, PhD, FRS_Canada, Terry Fox Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Canada
ISSCR Tobias Award

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Michele De Luca, MD, Centre for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari," University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
McEwen Award for Innovation (co-recipient)


Plenary Sessions and Speakers

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

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 and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 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
  

Concurrent Sessions and Speakers

Cardiac Development and Disease

  • Christine L. Mummery, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
  • Deepak Srivastava, MD, Gladstone Institutes, United States

Disease Modeling

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

Epigenetics and Genetic Regulatory Networks

  • Lin He, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Kristian Helin, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Epithelial Stem Cells

  • Valerie Horsley, PhD, Yale University, United States
  • Sara Wickström, MD, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany

Gene Editing

  • Danwei Huangfu, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
  • Haoyi Wang, PhD, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

Hematopoiesis

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

Homeostasis, Metabolism and Aging

  • Andrea Brand, PhD, FRS, FM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Pekka Katajisto, PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Mechanisms of Reprogramming I: To Pluripotency

  • Hossein Baharvand, PhD, Royan Institute, Iran
  • Xiaohua Shen, PhD, Tsinghua University, China

Mechanisms of Reprogramming II: Transdifferentiation Between Lineages

  • Hynek Wichterle, PhD, Columbia University, United States

Muscle Stem Cells

  • Shahragim Tajbakhsh, PhD, Pasteur Institute, France
  • Amy Wagers, PhD, Harvard University, United States

Nervous System Disease 

  • Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc., United States
  • Clare Parish, PhD, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia

Neural Development

  • Yukiko Gotoh, PhD, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Pierre Vanderhaeghen, MD, PhD, University Brussels UEB, Belgium

Organoids in Modeling Disease and Development

  • Jeffrey Beekman, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Alysson Muotri, PhD, University of California, San Diego, United States

Road to the Clinic I

  • Isabelle Riviere, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States
  • Paul J. Simmons, PhD, Mesoblast Ltd., Australia

Road to the Clinic II

  • Peter Coffey, BSc Dphil, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, Saban Research Institiute, Children's Hospital LA, United States

Stem Cell Niches

  • Margaret T. Fuller, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States
  • Yi A. Zeng, MD, PhD, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, SIBS, CAS, China

Stem Cells and Cancer

  • Stephanie Ma, PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Toshiro Sato, MD, PhD, Keio University, Japan

Stem Cells in Organ Development and Maintenance

  • Peter Currie, PhD, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Australia
  • Shosei Yoshida, MD, PhD, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

Technology Frontiers

  • Anne Rios, PhD, Princess Maxima Centrum, Netherlands

Tissue Engineering

  • Matthias P. Lutolf, PhD, EFPL, Switzerland
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Columbia University, United States