Plenary Session

Plenary



The seven plenary sessions are the core of the ISSCR Annual Meeting, featuring leaders in stem cell and related fields. The plenary sessions showcase speakers who will inspire and invigorate all attendees with cutting-edge research and thought. Award lectures and other featured lectures are also presented in the plenary sessions.

(please note: due to a scheduling conflict Presidential Symposium speaker Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte will speak in Plenary VI on Saturday, 23 June)

Plenary I: Presidential Symposium

6/20/2018
13:00 - 15:15

Sponsored By: Fate Therapeutics 

Presentations:

Ben Scheres

Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

Ben Scheres has defined anatomically, experimentally and genetically the root stem cell organization in Arabidopsis, a model system he has developed as appropriate for multidisciplinary dissection of developmental mechanisms. His group was the first to show that the stem cell niche concept was applicable to the plant kingdom. He identified transcription factors defining a dose-dependent combinatorial stem cell identity specification mechanism and has shown that the Retinoblastoma pathway controls stem cell differentiation– allowing comparisons of stem cell maintenance mechanisms across plant and animal kingdom. The group is strongly engaged in computational modeling and mathematical analysis of pattern formation mechanisms.

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Bandan Chakrabortty

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Bela Mulder

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Kirsten ten Tusscher

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Ari-Pekka Mahonen

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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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Graziella Pellegrini

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

ISSCR Innovation Award co-recipient


Graziella Pellegrini is Full Professor of Biology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She is Coordinator of the Cell Therapy and Qualified Person of Center for Regenerative Medicine, R&D Director and co-founder of Holostem Terapie Avanzate. She has relevant experience on epithelial stem cells, melanocytes for pigmentation disorders, oral mucosa, urethra, phase I gene therapy of epidermolysis bullosa, cell therapy by cultured human epidermis, of ocular surface from 1995, for treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency blindness; translation of cell therapy under ATMP European rules.

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Paolo Rama

Cornea and Ocular Surface Unit, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

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Tobias Hirsch

Department of Plastic Surgery, Burn Centre, BG University Hospital Bergmannsheil, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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Tobias Rothoeft

Department of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care, University Children’s Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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Nortbert Teig

Department of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care, University Children’s Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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Johann Bauer

EB House Austria and Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria

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Michele De Luca

Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

ISSCR Innovation Award co-recipient


Michele De Luca, MD, is Full Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and co-founder and Scientific Director of Holostem Terapie Avanzate. For many years, his study of stem cells of human stratified epithelia has been aimed at their clinical application in regenerative medicine. He played a pivotal role in epithelial stem cell-mediated cell therapy and ex vivo gene therapy.

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Connie J. Eaves

Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency, BC, Canada

ISSCR Tobias Award

Dr. Eaves directs an internationally recognized research program in normal and cancer stem cell biology, human leukemia, and normal and malignant breast stem cell biology. She has published 500 papers and reviews and has a long track record as a scientific leader and conscientious mentor of trainees at all levels. She has also played a role in the development and advance of science policy in Canada and abroad and has received numerous national and international awards for her contributions.

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