ISSCR Launches Digital Meeting Series on Organoids

  • 1 October, 2020
ISSCR Digital Organoids

Applying Organoids: The 3D Frontier Kicks Off 7 October 2020

Skokie, IL –
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will host a four-part digital meeting series featuring a global line-up of speakers who will discuss their latest organoid research. Applying Organoids: The 3D Frontier, co-sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, will be moderated by Melissa Little, PhD, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia and Toshiro Sato, PhD of Keio University School of Medicine. Registration is offered at no additional cost to ISSCR members. Non-members may register for a fee. Registration is separate for each of the four programs in this series.

Each installment of the meeting series will be 90 minutes and include presentations around emerging research and a question and answer session with all presenting scientists. Part I on 7 October will explore research using adult and pluripotent stem cell-derived organoids to recapitulate and understand human development processes, the development of individual endodermal derivatives as well as their organization into complex functional units, and modeling complex human neuropsychiatric disease.

7 October 2020: Part 1: Modeling Development and Disease I
18:00 EDT, View Local Time
90-minute digital event


  • Ryuichi Nishinakamura, MD, PhD, Kumamoto University, Japan
  • Silvia Velasco, PhD, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
  • Aryeh Warmflash, PhD, Rice University, USA
  • Jason Spence, PhD, University of Michigan, USA

14 October 2020, Part 2: Modeling Development and Disease II
06:00 EDT, View Local Time
90-minute digital event


  • James Hudson, PhD, QIMR Berghofer, Australia
  • Joo-Hyeon Lee, PhD, Wellcome Trust and MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK
  • Miki Ebisuya, PhD, EMBL Barcelona, Spain
  • Meritxell Huch, PhD, Max Plank Dresden, Germany

21 October 2020, Part 3: Organoids in Translation I
06:00 EDT, View Local Time
90-minute digital event


  • Vivian Li, PhD, The Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • Matthias P. Lutolf, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Prisca Liberali, PhD, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Switzerland
  • Kim Jensen, PhD, BRIC – Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, Denmark

27 October 2020, Part 4: Organoids in Translation II
20:00 EDT, View Local Time
90-minute digital event


  • Calvin Kou, MD, PhD, Stanford University, USA
  • Takanori Takebe, MD, Children’s Hospital Cincinnati, USA and Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Yokohama City University, Japan
  • Karl Koehler, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Additional speaker to be confirmed

Registration is open. Complimentary registration is available for media; please contact Kym Kilbourne at or

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
With nearly 4,000 members from more than 67 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.