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Concurrent sessions allow for close examination of focused topics from across the spectrum of stem cell research. Each concurrent session, framed by a brief topic overview, includes one or two invited speakers whose work highlights leading research in the field along with up to six abstract-selected speakers who collectively highlight some of the most exciting and current work on the topic. Five concurrent sessions are held in parallel and attendees are encouraged to move between sessions to hear talks of interest. Organized by the ISSCR Annual Meeting Program Committee. View the Full Schedule for dates and times of Concurrent Sessions.

Four core themes will be carried throughout 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 Session Themes and Invited Speakers

Tissue Stem Cells and Regeneration

Cancer and Stem Cells

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

Cardiac and Muscle

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

Early Development and Pluripotency

Sponsored by Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) of Boston University and Boston Medical Center

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

Epithelial Stem Cells

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

Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

Sponsored by Kuhner Shaker

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


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

Cardiac and Muscle

Helen Blau, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Richard Harvey, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia

Early Development and Pluripotency

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

Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

Sponsored by Agilent Technologies

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


Don W. Cleveland, University of California, San Diego, USA
Justin Ichida, University of Southern California, USA
Modeling Development and Disease

Cardiac and Muscle

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

Gene Editing in Early Embryo and Pluripotent Stem Cells

Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Giuseppe Testa, University of Milan, Italy

Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

Ravi Majeti, Stanford University, USA
Steve McCarroll, Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA


Sponsored by MaxWell Biosystems

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

Organoids of Endoderm and Kidney

Lijian Hui, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, China
Joo-Hyeon Lee, University of Cambridge, UK
Clinical Application

Cardiac and Muscle

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

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

Hematopoietic and Endothelial Cells

Sponsored by Editas Medicine

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


Sponsored by Novartis

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


Hongkui Deng, Peking University, China
Kevin D'Amour, ViaCyte, USA