Concurrent Session

Concurrent Group IV

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 IVD: Stem Cells and Cancer

13:15 - 15:15


Jane E. Visvader

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, VIC, Australia

Prof. Visvader FAA carried out PhD studies at the University of Adelaide and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute, San Diego and Children’s Hospital, Boston. In 1998, she was appointed as a Laboratory Head at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. Her primary research objective is to understand the breast epithelial differentiation hierarchy and to use this to probe the relationship between normal and tumor cells.


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Stephanie Ma

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Stephanie Kwai-Yee Ma obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and her Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Since 2013, she has taken on a Faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Principal Investigator at the State Key Laboratory for Liver Research in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Her research work is focused on exploiting “stemness” as a cancer cell vulnerability, using various gastrointestinal tumor types like hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and gastric cancer as model systems.


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Reilly L. Kidwell

Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, CA, United States


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Florijn Dekkers

Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, Netherlands


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Johnny Kim

Max Planck Instuítute for Heart and Lung Research, Germany


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Toshiro Sato

Keio University, Japan

Dr. Toshiro Sato is Associate Professor of Gastroenterology in Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo. He obtained his MD and PhD from Keio University School of Medicine and completed his residency program in Department of Gastroenterology, Keio Univesrity Hospital. He took post-doctoral fellowship in Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City in 2006. In 2007, he joined the Hans Clevers lab, Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht to investigate intestinal stem cells. In 2009 he established a novel intestinal stem cell culture system, by which single intestinal stem cells form stereotypic organoid mimicking in vivo intestinal crypt structures. In 2011, Dr. Sato became a PI in the Keio University and focus on the dynamics of human intestinal stem cells in diseased status.


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