Concurrent Session

Concurrent Group III

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 IIIE: Stem Cells in Organ Development and Maintenance

13:15 - 15:15


Elly Tanaka

Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria

Elly Tanaka received her AB at Harvard, her PhD at UCSF and post-doctoral work at University College London. She became group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden then Professor at the TU Dresden and since 2016 Senior scientist at the Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna. She has developed molecular genetics in the axolotl to identify the stem cells for limb and spinal cord regeneration, identified molecular pathways that control progenitor cell expansion, and patterning.


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Shosei Yoshida

National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

Shosei Yoshida studies mouse spermatogenesis at National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Okazaki, Japan, as a professor of Division of Germ Cell Biology since 2008. With a background of developmental and cell biology, Shosei is interested in dynamical aspects of stem cells in the mouse testis, with regard to their fate behaviors (viz. proliferation, differentiation and death), localization and motion. His group developed an intravital live-imaging strategy, combined with fate analysis of pulse-labeled cells and mathematical analysis (collaboration with Ben Simons of Cambridge). Shosei discovered active stem cell migration near vasculature and reversible potential of differentiation-destined cells to return to the stem cell pool, relevant to the breakdown of intercellular bridges between spermatogonia that had been believed to be a perdurable structure.


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Jayesh Salvi

Stanford University, CA, United States


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Colinda Scheele

Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands


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Yoji Kojima

Center for iPS Cell Reserach and Application, Japan


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Wolfram Goessling

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, MA, United States


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Peter Currie

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, VIC, Australia

Peter Currie received his PhD in Drosophila genetics from Syracuse University, New York, USA. He undertook postdoctoral training in zebrafish development at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, UK.
His work is centered on understanding how the small freshwater zebrafish, an important model in biomedical research, is able to build and regenerate skeletal muscle and how this information can be used to design better treatments for muscle diseases.
In 2016 he was appointed Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Prof Currie, along with Dr Georgina Hollway, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Dr Phong Nguyen of ARMI at Monash University, won the UNSW 2015 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.


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