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Over the last few years, it has become increasingly apparent that there is a need for an international consensus on the quality standards for stem cell research. The absence of universally accepted standards has contributed to a lack reproducibility that threatens the creditability of the field and undermines advancing research. This series will highlight areas where standards are needed and engage key stakeholders in an attempt to build consensus around standards that the field can accept. This event will take place on 7, 14, 20, 25 October 2021. Registration is now open.

Co-Organizers

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Martin Pera, PhD
Jackson Laboratories, USA

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Peter Andrews, DPhil
University of Sheffield, UK

Program

Standards for the Characterization and Use of Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines in Research
7 October 2021
10:00 - 11:30 EDT (view your time zone)
Innovation Showcase By: STEMCELL Technologies

The characterization of human pluripotent stem cell lines is essential to ensure the quality and reproducibility of research results.  What are the important attributes and how should they be reported? Hear from experts leading international initiatives and scientists working on these issues.

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Martin Pera, PhD
Jackson Laboratories, USA
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Peter Andrews, DPhil
University of Sheffield, UK
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Tenneille Ludwig, PhD
WiCell, USA
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Ludovic Vallier, PhD
Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK

Genetic and Epigenetic Stability of hPSC: Implications for Research Practices
14 October 2021
11:00 - 12:30 EDT (view your time zone)
Innovation Showcase By: WiCell

Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are known to undergo genetic and epigenetic changes during the culture period. What types of mutations do PSCs acquire, what’s the significance, what methods should be used to detect them, and how should the cells be managed? These and other issues will be discussed during this program.

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Peter Andrews, DPhil
University of Sheffield, UK
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Leendert Looijenga, Professor
Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Netherlands
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Nissim Benvenisty, PhD
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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Ivana Barbaric, PhD
University of Sheffield, UK
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Martin Pera, PhD
Jackson Laboratories, USA

Standards for Applications of hPSCs: Organoids, Engineering and Disease Models
20 October 2021
05:00 - 06:30 EDT (view your time zone)
Innovation Showcase By: iXCells Biotechnologies and Maxwell Biosystems

As the applications of modeling development and disease with human pluripotent stem cells rapidly expand, so must standards. The development of such processes will facilitate communication in the field, reproducibility of the research, and the efficient scale-up and potential application to human health. 

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Christine Mummery, PhD
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
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Melissa Little, PhD
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia
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Adrian Teo, PhD
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR
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Anna Herland, PhD
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells: What Are They and How Are They Defined?
25 October 2021
11:00 - 12:30 EDT (view your time zone)

In stem cell research there are few topics that generate more debate than cancer stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells. How are they defined? How do we address issues of heterogeneity and nomenclature? These and other topics will be discussed by a panel of experts.

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Martin Pera, PhD
Jackson Laboratories, USA
Pamela Robey
Pamela Robey, PhD
National Institutes of Health, USA
Tariq Envers
Tariq Enver, PhD
UCL Cancer Institute, UK

Sponsors

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