The legislation would have put patients at risk, slowed the development of effective stem cell therapies, and blocked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from access to crucial data about the safety and effectiveness of new medical treatments.Full story
- 12 March, 2018
Recipients of the 2018 awards will be presented at the society’s annual meeting, 20-23 June in Melbourne, Australia: ISSCR Award for Innovation, Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, Tobias Award Lecture, and Public Service Award.Full story
- 14 March, 2018
Message from the President
Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands
Scientific excellence is at the core of the ISSCR and is reflected each year in the annual meeting, where exceptional science is shared, discussed, and deliberated. This exchange is key to advancing the scientific dialogue that moves the field forward.
Since its inception sixteen years ago, the ISSCR has been hosting annual meetings to share and celebrate outstanding stem cell research and highlight it for the rest of the world. The 2018 program in Melbourne, Australia continues that tradition, featuring groundbreaking research presented in plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions.
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What Can We Learn from the (Tasmanian) Devil?
Why might stem cell scientists care about a small marsupial unique to Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia? Good question. Tasmanian devils are afflicted with a unique type of cancer that is transmitted from animal to animal – a disease that is threatening existence of the species. Scientists are studying stem cells from these animals in the hopes that they can learn how the cancer spreads and develop life-saving treatments to save this marsupial from extinction.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
8 March, CNN
5 March, Forbes
27 February, Scientific American
26 February, TheScientist
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
hPSC-derived Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons Generated in a Scalable 3-D Biomaterial. Maroof M. Adil, David V. Schaffer (2018).Current Prot. Stem Cell Biol. p. 2D.21.1-2D.21.17.
Tissue stiffening coordinates morphogenesis by triggering collective cell migration in vivo. Barriga, E. H., Franze, K., Charras, G. and Mayor, R. (2018), Nature , 554, 523-527.
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ISSCR and policy news from around the world.
8 March, New England Journal of Medicine
Balancing Safety and Innovation for Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine
2 March, Regulatory Focus
May on Brexit: UK Should Remain Part of EMA
28 February, Nature
Canadian Science Wins Billions in New Budget
21 February, National Public Radio
Doctors in China Lead Race to Treat Cancer by Editing Genes
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.