Penn IRM | Scientific And Ethical Frontiers In Understanding Human Development


Our ability to study the first stages of life is profoundly changing. Come learn about the science and discuss the ethics on these frontiers.

Event Details

WHEN: November 4, 2020

WHERE: Virtual via BlueJeans Events- Link will be sent to registered attendees

WHAT: A timely and exciting event that will focus on the latest advances in modeling early human development and provide a forum to discuss both the scientific and ethical dimensions of newly developed technologies. Our speakers will examine cutting-edge methods such as extended in vitro embryo models; chimeras of animal hosts seeded with human cells; the use of human induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs) to generate germ cell precursors and embryo-like structures; and curing forms of infertility by uterine transplantation.

Confirmed external speakers:

  • Janet Rossant (University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children)
  • Magda Zernicka-Goetz  (Caltech)
  • Insoo Hyun (Case Western University)
  • Jianping Fu (University of Michigan)

Confirmed internal speakers:

  • Nicholas Plachta
  • Guo-Li Ming
  • Katherine O’Neill
  • Kotaro Sasaki
  • Kurt Barnhart

This event is free and open to the public. REGISTER to receive a link to the event, submit an abstract for lightning talk consideration, and sign up to present a poster. This event will not be recorded, though posters will be visible to general audiences (see details below).

Lightning Talk & Poster Instructions

If you wish to be considered for a live 1 slide, 90 second lightning talk during the event, you must indicate your preference during registration and submit an abstract no later than Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

If you wish to present a poster, you must indicate you preference during registration. Please submit an abstract and poster image file (PNG) no later than Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 PM Eastern. You may include a short video overview of your poster if desired.

Please send abstract and posters via email to with subject line, “SUBMISSION for Nov 4 Symposium.”

Abstracts must include:

  • Title
  • Authors and Affiliations- please denote the presenter in the list of authors
  • 250 words or fewer describing your research


To submit your meeting or course, please contact Chris Barry



Science Communications & Education Manager