Conferences are ideal places to hear insights from the leaders in your field, to watch the up-and-comers present their new and exciting visions, and to network with potential collaborators (i.e., drink and eat and have some fun!). To assist you with these endeavors, EpiGenie brings you the pick of the bunch: some of the most interesting stem cell conferences taking place in what is left of 2016.
10 Years of IPSCs (Berkeley, CA, USA – Sept 25-27)
Has it really been ten years since the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by Shinya Yamanaka and Kazutoshi Takahashi? The title of the meeting would suggest so (!) and in commemoration, some of the brightest and the best of the pluripotent stem cell world (including Rudolf Jaenisch, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, and Shinya Yamanaka himself of course!) will be coming together for some engaging discussions and, probably, a bit of a party.
The themes discussed will include mechanisms of reprogramming, disease modeling and drug discovery, direct reprogramming, technology development, clinical translation, and ethical considerations for clinical translation of iPSC research.
To register, submit an abstract, and/or see the program, head over to the conference webpage now. Be quick, this meeting is sure to sell out quicker than an Adele concert!
Till & McCulloch Meetings 2016 (Whistler, BC, Canada – Oct 24-26)
The next get together takes place a little further north and represents Canada’s premier stem cell research event. The Till & McCulloch Meetings (which took over from Stem Cell Network’s Annual General Meeting) promise an excellent setting for trainees and young scientists to learn and network in the field of regenerative medicine.
Dr. James Till and Dr. Ernest McCulloch, known by many as the fathers of stem cell science, shot to fame in 1961, with their report demonstrating the existence of multipotent stem cells. With such a great pedigree, this conference surely cannot disappoint! Speakers include Masayo Takahashi, Connie Eaves, and Benoit Bruneau.
Check out the conference homepage for all the details, and start getting your abstract together today!
ASH Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA, USA – Dec 3-6)
Got blood? If so, the 58th American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting may be an interesting destination for you. “The premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology” covers normal and cancer stem cell biology within its broad and bloody remit and generally involves many thousands of presentations. You are sure to bump into a few interesting souls at such a conference, so go see a poster, share a beer, and start a collaboration!
See the conference homepage here.
Abcam – Stem Cell and Higher-Order Chromatin Structure Conference (Taormina, Italy – Nov 02–04)
Abcam has a reputation for excellent conferences in beautiful places (a chromatin conference in the Dominican Republic will remain one of this writer’s fondest memories!) and the “Stem Cell and Higher-Order Chromatin Structure” conference in the Sicilian city of Taormina promises to continue in the same vein.
Speakers include Abcam founder Tony Kouzarides, Danny Reinberg, Ramin Shiekhattar, and Ali Shilatifard, and the conference will cover topics such as coding and non-coding functions of the genome, chromatin structure in stem cells, and genome architecture and human disease.
Can you think of a reason not to go? No, didn’t think so! Sign up here!