Concurrent Session

Concurrent Group II

The concurrent sessions cover topics from across the spectrum of stem cell research. Each session, framed by a brief topic overview, includes one or two invited speakers whose work highlights leading research in the field. The session is rounded out with four or more abstract-selected speakers who, combined with the invited talks, give an excellent snapshot of the most current work on the topic. The five concurrent sessions run in parallel and attendees are encouraged to move between sessions to hear talks of interest. Concurrent sessions are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons.

Concurrent IIB: Neural Development

16:00 - 18:00


Marianne E. Bronner

California Institute of Technology, CA, United States

Marianne Bronner has a long-standing interest in specification, migration and differentiation of neural crest stem cells. Her early work pioneered the use of a single cell lineage labeling approach for analyzing the developmental potential of neural crest cells in vivo to show that premigratory and migrating neural crest cells are multipotent. She went on to define several of the signals underlying their induction (e.g. Wnt) and segmental migration (e.g. neuropilin/Sema and Eph/ephrin). More recently, her lab has systematically exploited this knowledge together with systems level transcriptional profiling, phylogenomic analysis and in vivo functional perturbation experiments to reveal direct connections in the gene regulatory network responsible for neural crest formation and evolutionary origin.


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Yukiko Gotoh

University of Tokyo, Japan

Yukiko Gotoh received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo and studied in Eisuke Nishida’s laboratory where she biochemically identified and characterized vertebrate MAP kinase (Erk) and its activator MAP kinase kinase (Mek). After becoming a visiting scientist in the laboratories of Jonathan Cooper at the FHCRC and Michael E. Greenberg at Harvard Medical School, where she started working on signaling pathways in the central nervous system, she was appointed first as an Associate Professor in 1999 then as a Professor in 2005 at the University of Tokyo. Her group focuses on the mechanisms and logic underlying the regulation of neural stem-progenitor cell fate both during brain development and in the adult brain, with an emphasis on epigenetic regulation and lineage development.


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German D. Camargo Ortega

Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen & University of Munich, Germany


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Jan Kaslin

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, VIC, Australia


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Yechiel Elkabetz

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany


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Hongyan Wang

Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore


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Pierre Vanderhaeghen

University Brussels UEB, Belgium

Pierre Vanderhaeghen is currently Professor and Group Leader at the VIB/KuLeuven Centre for Brain and Disease Research, Leuven, and at the Institute of Interdisciplnary Research (IRIBHM) at Université Libre de Bruxelles, both in Belgium. Main interests of his lab are the mechanisms of development of the cerebral cortex and the developmental origins of human brain evolution.


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