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Featured Speakers

Presidential Symposium


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


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


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


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




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



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


Ben Scheres, PhD, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands



Elly Tanaka, PhD, Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria




Award Lectures


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



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


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 


  • 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