ISSCR International Symposium
20-22 February 2019  |  Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stem Cells & Organoids in Development & Disease offers three days of insightful presentations and conversations around a research topic at the forefront of our field. Renowned keynote speakers Hans Clevers and Jürgen Knoblich will give the opening and closing talks; in between, hear from invited experts from around the globe, and abstract-selected speakers presenting their latest research. 

Pre-Meeting Session

Ethical and Policy Challenges of Organoid Research and Regenerative Medicine Applications  
08:00–11:30 Wednesday, 20 February (additional registration required)
Co-organized by EMBO, this forum will explore the regulatory and ethical considerations and guidelines for translating organoids and stems cells to the clinic. It will include informative talks featuring key regulators and policymakers from the European Union and perspectives from leading ethicists and scientists. It will conclude with a panel discussion regarding the ethical and regulatory challenges posed by the recent advances in the field of stem cell research. 

8:20–8:35: Welcome and Overview

Melissa Little, PhD, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

8:35–9:05 Keynote
Wolfgang Burtscher, EU Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation

9:05–9:50 Speakers
Roger Barker, PhD, University of Cambridge
Ana Sofia Carvalho, PhD, European Ethics Group Member, Institute of Bioethics, Catholic University of Portugal
Arnold Kriegstein, PhD, University of California San Francisco

9:50–10:15 Coffee Break

10:15–10:50 Speakers
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, Johns Hopkins University
Annelien Bredenoord, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht
Daniel Klimmeck, PhD, EMBO Journal

10:50 – 11:30 Panel Discussion
Hans Clevers, PhD, Hubrecht Institute

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Wednesday, 20 February

Stem Cells & Organoids in Development & Disease
An ISSCR International Symposium
Research using organoids is rapidly advancing the field of stem cell science. This three-day program explores this groundbreaking technique and its implications for the future of healthcare. 
13:00–14:00 Opening Keynote
Speaker: Hans Clevers, PhD, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands
14:00 –15:30 Recapitulating Developmental Processes I
Session Chair: Nissim Benvenisty 
Speaker: Anne Grapin-Botton, PhD, DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Speaker: James Wells, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, U.S.
Two abstract selected speakers, TBD
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 –17:00 Recapitulating Developmental Processes II
Session Chair: Helen Blau  
Speaker: Paola Arlotta, PhD, Harvard University, U.S.

Two abstract selected speakers, TBD 

Thursday, 21 February

09:00 – 10:30 Organoid and Tissue Regeneration I
Session Chair: James Wells
Speaker: Meritxell Huch, PhD, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Speaker: Botond Roska MD PhD, Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology, Switzerland
Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 –12:00 Organoid and Tissue Regeneration II
Session Chair: Calvin Kuo  
Speaker: Elly Tanaka, PhD, Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria  

Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Posters
14:00 –15:30 Modeling Disease I
Session Chair: Eduard Batlle
Speaker: Melissa Little, PhD GAICD, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia
Speaker: Toshiro Sato, MD, PhD, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Modeling Disease II
Session Chair: Paola Arlotta  
Speaker: Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, UCSF School of Medicine, U.S.
Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD
17:00 – 18:30 Reception

Friday, 22 February

09:00 – 10:30 Modeling cell interactions
Session Chair: Meritxell Huch
Speaker: Shahin Rafii, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, U.S.
Speaker: Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD, Stanford University, U.S.

Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 –12:30 Tissue engineering
Session Chair: TBD  
Speaker: Matthias Lutolf, PhD, EPFL, Switzerland  
Speaker: Helen Blau, PhD, Stanford University, U.S.

Two abstract-selected speakers, TBD

12:30-14:00 Lunch and Posters
14:00–15:00 Panel discussion: The Challenge, Limitation, and Promise of Organoids 
Moderator: Hans Clevers
Panelists: Arnold Kriegstein, Anne Grapin-Botton, Botond Roska, Melissa Little
15:00 – 16:00 Closing Keynote
Juergen Knoblich