2018 Annual Meeting Highlights
The ISSCR is pleased to announce Douglas A. Melton, PhD, Harvard University, as the incoming president of the ISSCR and its board of directors. Melton assumed the post on 23 June, 2018, immediately following the 16th ISSCR Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia.Full story
- 22 June, 2018
The ISSCR has appointed Martin F. Pera, professor at the Jackson Laboratory, U.S., as the next editor-in-chief of Stem Cell Reports, the organization’s open-access journal. Pera will succeed Christine Mummery, who led the journal since its launch in 2013. Pera will assume the post in January, 2019.Full story
- 20 June, 2018
3,000 scientists went "down under" for ISSCR 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo highlights on our Flickr page, on Instagram, and in other social media posts reflect excitement around the meeting. Also check out the daily meeting newsletter!
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stem cell researchTake a closer look
Stem Cells as Anti-Cancer Vaccines?
Vaccines are routinely used to increase immunity against a variety of infectious diseases, such as influenza, measles, and chicken pox, to name a few. Rather than vaccinating against viral infectious diseases, however, imagine a vaccine that could prevent cancer.
Researchers have long been interested in developing a vaccine that can help the body’s immune system and fight abnormal, cancerous cells.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
17 July, Phys.org
9 July, Interesting Engineering
8 July, The Guardian
6 July, Science Daily
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
Derivation of Epithelial-Only Airway Organoids from Human Pluripotent Stem CellsMcCauley, et al (2018).Current Prot. Stem Cell Biology, 45, e51. doi: 10.1002/cpsc.51.
Spatio-temporal Relays Control Layer Identity of Direction-selective Neuron Subtypes in Drosophila. Apitz, H. and Salecker, I. (2018), Nature Communications, 9, 2295.
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Other Stem Cell Events
Opportunities for researchers from around the world to explore the latest discoveries in stem cell science and regenerative medicine.
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ISSCR and policy news from around the world.
22 June, Science
Emerging Stem Cell Ethics
20 June, Fierce Pharma
Big Pharma Executives Jump to China Startups for Higher Pay
7 June, Science Business
European Commission Publishes its €94.1B Horizon Europe Proposal
Stem Cell Therapy: Is it the Miracle Cure that it Claims to Be?
Learn about ISSCR colleagues in the stem cell field from around the world.
Andrea Ditadi, PhD
What is the current focus of your research, and what do you find most rewarding about your work?
The focus of my lab is to understand how we generate blood. For this we use both mouse embryos and pluripotent stem cells, since the final goal is to be able to produce blood products to be used both for regenerative medicine and disease modelling purposes.
The stunning thing that always amazes me is the logic applied by all biological processes, and it is very rewarding to get to finally understand some of them. And I always end up saying “that makes sense”.
What led you to become a scientist and to stem cell research?
Frankly, I literally hated studying natural sciences until I met a terrific teacher toward the end of high school. She really got me to love molecular and cell biology. I owe her a lot for being a scientist now. Then, during my first year of PhD I had the chance of attending a Keystone Meeting on Stem Cells. Those were my first days in the Developmental Biology field and I heard Gordon Keller speaking about the way he was using pluripotent stem cells to model development. That totally blew me away and I knew within seconds that I wanted to become a stem cell scientist.
How do you spend your free time?
I have just started my own group so I spend a lot of time in the lab. Then for the rest I am totally kidnapped by my two kids, Inés and Gabriel. There is not much time for the rest, which is usually a good book, a good beer or a good glass of wine and a nice meal. You can always count on me for eating and drinking. It is usually accompanied by some good music or the sound of radio.
What is something your peers would be surprised to learn about you?
A lot of people know that I am fond of rugby (quite strange for an Italian) and singing (not that strange for an Italian). But not many know that I toured in northern Italy with a group of friends with which we mounted a totally home-made version of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and that a few years later I also sang in a rock band in Paris called “the Ritals.”
What do you most value about your membership with the ISSCR?
The ISSCR annual meeting it is a great place for networking. It is the place to be to understand where the field is moving. Beside the science side, I think ISSCR does a really great job in discussing policy, a topic too often underrated and I really praise ISSCR work in public outreach. I am proud to serve for the Junior Investigator Committee and of the work we are doing opening the discussion on the topics that matter for junior scientists. Nothing is perfect but we’re doing our best to help the voice of the next generation of stem cell researchers be heard.
The big plus for me is that the annual meeting is where I have fun reuniting with friends and ex-colleagues.