Organizing Committee

Nissim Benvenisty, MD, PhD
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
University of California San Francisco, USA

Yukiko Gotoh, PhD
University of Tokyo, Japan

Hiromitsu Nakauchi, MD, PhD
Stanford University, USA

Hideyuki Okano, MD, PhD
Keio University School of Medicine, Japan

Malin Parmar, PhD
Lund University, Sweden

Takanori Takebe, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA/Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Yokohama City University, Japan

Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD
Gladstone Institutes, USA and Center for iPS Cell Research & Application, Kyoto University, Japan



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The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine (JSRM) look forward to holding the International Symposium, “Stem Cells: From Basic Science to Clinical Translation,” from 27-29 October, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. This exciting meeting will explore topics from stem cells in development to novel technologies in stem cell research and stem cell therapies. The meeting will also explore the ethical issues of stem cell biology and therapies through talks and a panel discussion. We hope you will join us!

Program Highlights

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Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD
Gladstone Institutes, USA and Center for iPS Cell Research & Application, Kyoto University, Japan

Opening Keynote Speaker

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Carl H. June, MD
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Closing Keynote Speaker

Speakers & Topics

Stem Cell-Based Disease Modelling and Drug Development

  • Hideyuki Okano, MD, PhD, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan 
  • Fred H. Gage, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA 

Stem Cell-Based Therapies

  • Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD, Vision Care Inc., Japan 
  • Malin Parmar, PhD, Lund University, Sweden 
  • Speaker TBA

Tissue Engineering

  • Matthias Lutolf, PhD, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland 
  • Hiromitsu Nakauchi, MD, PhD, Stanford University, USA
  • Speaker TBA

Advanced Technologies of Stem Cell Biology

  • Atsushi Miyawaki, MD, PhD, RIKEN Center for Brain Science & RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Japan
  • Speaker TBA

Gene Therapy and Genome Editing

  • Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, Novartis, USA 
  • Sarah Chan, BSc, LLB, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Speaker TBA

Organoids: from Basic Biology to Clinical Translation

  • Sergiu Pasca, MD, Stanford University, USA 
  • Takanori Takebe, MD, PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA 

Stem Cells and Development

  • Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, PhD, University of Cambridge, UK and California Technical Institute, USA 
  • Yukiko Gotoh, PhD, University of Tokyo, Japan 

What to Expect

The ISSCR has created our International Symposia to delve into current stem cell topics through exciting scientific programs in an engaging, intimate atmosphere.

Learn about the latest science from a slate of global speakers
Present your research in an abstract-selected talk or a poster presentation
Connect with colleagues through numerous networking opportunities


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Who Should Attend?

Academic, industry, and clinical researchers interested in stem cell biology and its therapeutic applications are encouraged to attend and share your latest research and findings. Attendees will hear from leaders in the field and benefit from the convivial atmosphere and open exchange of ideas found at this symposium.



What Sets the International Symposia Apart?

ISSCR International Symposia are where the world's leading minds are building the future of stem cell science. They are focused meetings that bring together approximately 400 attendees,100 poster presentations, and exhibitors with innovative technologies. The goal is to expand ISSCR's educational reach, making it more accessible for stem cell scientists in regions around the world.

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