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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in this exciting upcoming Stem Cell Conference entitled: FRONTIERS IN STEM CELL BIOLOGY: From Embryogenesis to Tissue Maintenance and Regeneration which will take place on February 21-24, 2021, in Israel.

                                                                        

In recent years we have witnessed major breakthroughs in stem cell biology at all levels. Starting from the creation of synthetic embryo-like structures using only in vitro stem cells and ending with the identification of previously unknown and diverse populations of adult stem cells in various organs. 

 

Embryogenesis

Recently, human pluripotency has emerged as a complex multi-stage state with defined characteristics and properties for each developmental stage. Moreover, we now have the know how to improve the reprogramming process to pluripotency, as well as other embryo stem cells, to make better and safer cells. These crucial advances not only improve dramatically our ability to truly recapitulate human devastating diseases but also allow us to generate high quality cells for the clinic. Indeed, some stem cell therapies are currently being evaluated in clinical trials.

 

Tissue stem cells maintenance, regeneration and pathology

Adult stem cells have been shown to reside in distinct compartments and play a vital role in governing tissue homeostasis, repair and regeneration. Isolation of adult stem cells and proper culture within 3-dimentional environments have enabled the generation of mini organs (organoids) in vitro, serving as an ideal platform for studying pathological states and performing drug screens. Finally, steps have been taken to elucidate the darker side of stem cells in which they initiate as well as fuel the tumorigenic process.

Together, these recent leaps provide key insights that can be translated to novel approaches for regenerative medicine and therapies.

These basic and translational advancements along with other key aspects in stem cell biology (see below) will be discussed in depth in this meeting with the participation of international speakers of high repute.

The topics that will be covered in this exciting conference include:

  1. States of pluripotency

  2. Reprogramming and transdifferentiation

  3. In vitro synthetic embryos

  4. Adults stem cells in homoeostasis and tissue regeneration

  5. Organoids

  6. Adult stem cells in pathologies​

 

The program will be complemented with a professional exhibition, offering scientists an opportunity to take an active part, and for the exhibitors to collaborate with decision makers in many aspects of the field.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to what we hope will be a stimulating and inspiring scientific meeting.

 

Sincerely yours,

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Yossi Buganim

Co-Chair

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Yaron Fuchs

Co-Chair

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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