Examining the State of the Science of Mammalian Embryo Model Systems: A Workshop

Washington, USA

Activity Description

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a one day public workshop to explore the state of the science of mammalian embryo model systems, including nonhuman primate and human models. The goal of the workshop will be to begin with an overview of the developments and uses that have set the foundation for the field, then to focus in on opportunities and challenges for future work with embryo model systems. Discussions may include topics such as the characteristics of advanced mammalian embryo model systems; differences between mammalian embryo model systems and bona fide mammalian embryos; and differences between mammalian embryo model systems and mammalian embryoid bodies (i.e. culture systems in which pluripotent stem cells aggregate and differentiate, but are not intended to fully replicate embryonic development). The functionality of synthetic model systems may be considered, including how they could be used to predict function in systems made with human cells. As requested by NIH, the discussions at the workshop will focus on the state of the science and not policy or ethical implications given the existing legal limitations. Presentations during this workshop will be held with a broad array of invited stakeholders which may include research scientists from government, academia and the private sector, societies and associations, and representatives from pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

The workshop will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Additional details about this event will be available soon.