ISSCR Launches Stem Cells and Global Sustainability Scientific Meeting Series

  • 3 February, 2021
ISSCR Digital The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) launches a new scientific series today, Stem Cells and Global Sustainability, which explores the intersection of stem cell science and global sustainability issues. The four-part series is sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund, BioLamina, NH Foods, and Olympus. Learn more and register.

“I am delighted that the ISSCR is shining a light on efforts in the stem cell research community to address biodiversity and sustainability issues, said Steve Kattman, Sana Biotechnologies, and a co-organizer of the program with Takanori Takabe, MD, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA and Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. “The digital series, ‘Stem Cells and Global Sustainability,’ brings together stem cell researchers, conservation biologists, global ecologists, and food industry innovators to discuss these critical global challenges and ways that Stem Cell Research could have an impact.”

Animal agriculture, a main contributor to global deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, is estimated to be the second largest cause of human-made global warming. Global warming is one of the most significant threats to biodiversity on the planet. Stem cell research and its application has the potential to remedy these problems.

While still in its nascency, the manufacturing of animal meat products in the lab may hold significant potential to reduce humanity’s reliance on climate-altering animal farming, enable cheaper access to protein sources, and curtail climate change fall out and climate change itself.

Yet another unforeseen application of stem cells is their potential use in the conservation of endangered species. From frozen zoos of endangered species to reproduction-related technological advances, stem cell-related applications can be harnessed to help conserve biodiversity on Earth.

The four-part scientific series will explore these topics:

3 February 2021
11:00 – 12:30 EST
Environmental Sustainability and Stem Cells: Why Stem Cells?
The first program of the series will highlight the intersection between stem cell science and the global sustainability issues of species conservation and cell-based approaches to developing meat and fish products. What are some of the big issues that are driving the need for this approach and how can stem cells help?

Gerardo Ceballos Gonzalez, PhD
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

David Welch, PhD
Synthesis Capital, USA

Steve Kattman, PhD
Sana Biotechnology, USA

Innovation Showcase brought to you by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

10 February, 2021
20:00 – 21:30 EST
Emerging Applications of Stem Cell Technology: Species Conservation

The number of endangered or extinct species is growing rapidly. What does it take to restore or sustain a population on the brink of extinction and can stem cell-based approaches play and role? If so, how? During the second program of the series, hear from conservation and stem cell experts as they discuss the latest species conservation efforts.

William Burnside, PhD
Nature Sustainability, USA

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

Katsuhiko Hayashi, PhD
Kyushu University, Japan

Jeanne Loring, PhD
Scripps Research, USA

Oliver Ryder, PhD
San Diego Zoo Global, Beckman Center for Conservation Research, USA

17 February, 2021
11:00 - 12:30 EST
Emerging Applications of Stem Cell Technology: Commercial Agriculture
The use and application of cell-based approaches for commercial agriculture requires expertise in cell culture, bioengineering, manufacturing, and food sciences. The third program of the series will bring together experts in these fields to share insights in these processes and stimulate discussion.

David Mack, PhD
Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington, USA

Shingo Kajimura, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, USA

Shulamit Levenberg, PhD
Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Israel

Lauran Madden, PhD
Blue Nalu, USA

23 February, 2021
06:00 - 07:30 EST
Promise and Challenges of Stem Cells in Global Sustainability
The fourth and final program of the series will highlight the potential and the challenges of cell-based approaches to meat and fish alternatives from experts in the field and industry. 

Mark Post
Maastricht University and Mosa Meat, Netherlands

Shoji Takeuchi, PhD
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo and Institute of Industrial Science, Japan

Anne Mullen, PhD
Nature Food, United Kingdom

Media registration is complimentary. Contact Kym Kilbourne at

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
With nearly 4,000 members from more than 65 countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.