Scientific Excellence at ISSCR 2018

  • 12 March, 2018

Scientific excellence is at the core of the ISSCR and is reflected each year in the annual meeting, where exceptional science is shared, discussed, and deliberated. This exchange is key to advancing the scientific dialogue that moves the field forward.

Since its inception sixteen years ago, the ISSCR has been hosting annual meetings to share and celebrate outstanding stem cell research and highlight it for the rest of the world. The 2018 program in Melbourne, Australia continues that tradition, featuring groundbreaking research presented in plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions. Register now and begin planning to attend; it’s not too late to submit an abstract (deadline 11 April).

Robust Scientific Program
This year's meeting will showcase exciting developments from the most fundamental mechanisms of stem cell biology to the latest in clinical trials.

JDoudna_SpeakerWe are pleased to have CRISPR co-discoverer and gene editing innovator Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, US as this year’s featured keynote speaker, scheduled for Plenary VII, 23 June. Her research on CRISPR/Cas9, first discovered through basic research on bacteria, is poised to make a real impact on human health.

The scientific program features seven plenary sessions, 20 concurrent sessions focusing in-depth on topic areas, and myriad networking and career-building opportunities. Before the meeting begins, a day-long Clinical Advances in Stem Cell Research program geared toward physicians and physician-scientists will look at the latest clinical applications of stem cell research.

The opening Presidential Symposium 20 June cover topics ranging from plant and salamander regeneration to hematopoietic, retinal, and epithelial cell therapies. Featured speakers include Ben Scheres of Utrect University, NL, Elly Tanaka, Institute of Molecular Pathology, AT, and Graziella Pellegrini of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT.

_MG_2609Plenary II, “Recapitulating Development from Stem Cells,” will include notable speakers Anne Grapin-Botton of the University of Copenhagen, DK, Shahin Rafii from Cornell Medical College, US, and Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University, JP. The Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture following the panel will be presented by Patrick Tam of the Children’s Medical Research Institute, AU, a leading expert on mouse early embryogenesis.

The Thursday, 21 June, Plenary III, “Systems Biology of Heterogeneity,” presents Francois Guillemot from the Francis Crick Institute, UK, Frederik Lanner from the Karolinska Institute, SE, and Merav Socolovsky, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, US. The Ernest McCulloch Memorial Lecture will be given by Harvard University’s Douglas Melton, the incoming ISSCR President.

Plenary IV, “New Technologies in Stem Cell Engineering,” will take place Friday, 22 June, and will feature lectures from Linda Griffith from MIT, US, Angelo Lombardo from the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, IT, Jennifer Philips-Cremins from the University of Pennsylvania, US, and Alexander van Oudenaarden from the Hubrecht Institute-KNAW & University Medical Center, NL.

Also on Friday, Plenary V, “Stem Cell Based Disease Modeling,” will include speakers Qiang Sun from the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CN, Steven Goldman from the University of Rochester, US, and Joseph Wu from Stanford University, US.

The concluding plenaries on Saturday, 23 June focus on “Cancer Stem Cells,” and “Moving to the Clinic: Gene and Stem Cell Therapies.” The cancer panel will include Allison Bardin from the Institut Curie, FR, Nick Barker, Institute of Medical Biology, SG, Tannishtha Reya, University of California San Diego, US, Jane Visvader, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, AU, and Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte from the Salk Institute, US.

The clinical session will feature talks by Michael Laflamme from the University Health Network, CA, Stanley Riddell from the University of Washington, US, and Katherine High of Spark Therapeutics, US.

The 20 concurrent sessions are made up of invited and abstract-selected speakers covering, among other topics, gene editing, disease modeling, metabolism and aging, epigenetics, genetic regulatory networks, and road to the clinic. See the full meeting schedule for more information.

2018 ISSCR Awards
The ISSCR is pleased to present the recipients of its 2018 awards at the annual meeting. Our awards portfolio recognizes outstanding achievements and research potential in the field of stem cell research around the world.

Networking & Job Match OpportunitiesJob Match 2017_HT
The ISSCR Annual Meeting also provides attendees with unparalleled opportunities to make career connections. Sign up during registration for events such as Meet the Experts Luncheon, the JI Social night, and Early Career Group Leader Luncheon. Don’t forget to attend poster receptions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, and browse the Exhibit Hall throughout the meeting.

For the second year, we’re featuring a Job Match program that connects potential job candidates with employers. Just sign up when you register for the meeting, complete an online profile, and begin browsing CVs or looking for companies or job listings that match your interests. Make plans to meet your potential match face-to-face in Melbourne. 

Look forward to seeing you in June!

Hans Clevers
ISSCR President