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Featured Speakers

Sekar Kathiresan

Sekar Kathiresan, Verve Therapeutics, USA
Keynote Address


Alta Charo, University of Wisconsin, USA
Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture

Brian Wainger

Brian Wainger, Harvard University, USA
John McNeish Memorial Lecture

Presidential Symposium

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Fiona Watt, King's College London, UK
Ernest McCulloch Memorial Lecture

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Steven Finkbeiner, Gladstone Institutes, USA

Eric Olson

Eric Olson, University of Texas Southwestern, USA

Casey Atkins

Aviv Regev, Broad Institute, USA



Plenary Sessions and Speakers

Plenary I: Presidential Symposium
Sponsored by: Fate Therapeutics

  • Ernest McCulloch Lecture:  Fiona Watt, King's College London, UK
  • Steven Finkbeiner, Gladstone Institutes, USA
  • Eric Olson, University of Texas Southwestern, USA
  • Aviv Regev, Broad Institute, USA

Plenary II: Machine Learning and Computational Approaches
Sponsored by: T-CiRA Joint Program

  • ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award Lecture: Allon Klein, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Trey Ideker, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, USA
  • Ajamete Kaykas, insitro, USA
  • Hiroaki Kitano, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Emma Lundberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Plenary III: Embryogenesis and Development
Sponsored by: Semma Therapeutics

  • Benoit Bruneau, Gladstone Institutes, USA
  • Elaine Fuchs, HHMI, Rockefeller University, USA
  • Ken Zaret, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
  • Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, University of Cambridge, UK

Plenary IV: Stem Cells and Aging

  • ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture: Margaret Goodell, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • Guanghui Liu, Institute of Zoology, CAS, China
  • Emi Nishimura, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
  • Michael Rudnicki, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada
  • Beth Stevens, Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Plenary V: Dissecting Organogenesis
Sponsored by: Semma Therapeutics

  • ISSCR Momentum Award Lecture: Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Miki Ebisuya, EMBL Barcelona, Spain
  • Madeline Lancaster, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
  • Henrik Semb, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Plenary VI: Reprogramming and Regeneration
Sponsored by FujiFilm

  • ISSCR Achievement Award Lecture: Fred H. Gage, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
  • Anne McLaren Lecture: Alta Charo, University of Wisconsin USA
  • Botond Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
  • Li Qian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Shinya Yamanaka, Center for iPS Cell Research & Application, Japan

Plenary VII: Clinical Innovation and Gene Editing
Sponsored by BlueRock Therapeutics

  • John McNeish Lecture: Brian Wainger, Harvard University, USA
  • Katherine High, Rockefeller University, USA
  • Michel Sadelain, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
  • Keynote Address: Sekar Kathiresan, Verve Therapeutics, USA

Core Themes

Four core themes will be carried throughout the concurrent and poster sessions.

  • Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: exploring tissue stem cells in development, maintenance, and regeneration, stem cell-niche interactions, and stem cells in cancer
  • Cellular Identity: understanding the basis of cell state and type, epigenetic and genetic regulation, and the mechanisms of reprogramming
  • Modeling Development and Disease: examining advances using stem cells in vivo and in vitro to model development and disease with applications for drug discovery and therapeutics
  • Clinical Applications: highlighting the cellular therapy and tissue engineering research that is moving toward the clinic


During 20 concurrent sessions, each theme will be explored in different cell and tissue contexts:

  • Cardiac and Muscle
  • Early Embryo and Pluripotency
  • Endodermal, Epithelial and Mesenchymal
  • Hematopoietic and Endothelial
  • Neural

Concurrent Sessions and Invited Speakers

Cellular Identity: Cardiac and Muscle

  • Helen Blau, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Cellular Identity: Early Development and Pluripotency

  • Joanna Wysocka, Stanford University, USA
  • Richard Young, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA

Cellular Identity: Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

  • Shangqin Guo, Yale University, USA
  • Shahin Rafii, Cornell Medical College, USA

Cellular Identity: Neural

  • Magdalena Goetz, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany
  • Justin Ichida, University of Southern California, USA

Clinical Applications: Cardiac and Muscle

  • Rick Horwitz, Allen Institute for Cell Science, USA
  • Milica Radisic, University of Toronto, Canada

Clinical Applications: Early Development and Pluripotency-- Interspecies chimeras for stem cell research

  • Josephine Johnston, Hastings Center, USA
  • Martin Pera, The Jackson Labs, USA
  • Jun Wu, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Clinical Applications: Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells
Sponsored by Editas Medicine

  • Alessandro Aiuti, San Raffaele Hospital, Italy
  • Judith Shizuru, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Clinical Applications: Neural
Sponsored by Novartis

  • Megan Munsie, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Malin Parmar, Lund University, Sweden

Clinical Applications: Pancreas

  • Hongkui Deng, Peking University, China
  • Mark Zimmerman, ViaCyte, USA

Modeling Development and Disease: Cardiac and Muscle

  • Tim Hoey, Tenaya Therapeutics, USA
  • Stephanie Protze, McEwen Stem Cell Institute, University Health Network, Canada

Modeling Development and Disease: Gene Editing in Early Embryo and Pluripotent Stem Cells

  • Kathy Niakan, The Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • Giuseppe Testa, University of Milan, Italy

Modeling Development and Disease: Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

  • Sten Eirik Jacobsen, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Modeling Development and Disease: Neural

  • Haruhisa Inoue, CiRA, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, USA

Modeling Development and Disease: Organoids of Endodermal Lineage
Sponsored by Morphocell Technologies

  • Lijian Hui, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, China
  • Hans Snoeck, Columbia University Medical Center, USA

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: Cancer and Stem Cells

  • Robert Blelloch, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Carla Kim, Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: Cardiac and Muscle

  • Masaki Ieda, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Kristy Red-Horse, Stanford University, USA

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: Early Development and Pluripotency

  • Janet Rossant, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
  • Fuchou Tang, Peking University, China

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: Epithelial Stem Cells

  • Danielle Devenport, Princeton University, USA
  • Eugenia Piddini, University of Bristol, UK

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration- Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

  • Matthew Porteus, Stanford Medical School, USA
  • Claudia Waskow, Leibniz Institute on Aging- FLI, Germany

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration: Neural

  • Kapil Bharti, National Eye Institute, NIH, USA
  • Alejandro Schinder, Leloir Institute, Argentina