International Symposium sponsored by the UKIERI
The past 15 years have seen a rapid growth in interest in human pluripotent stem cells, first embryonic stem cells and, more recently, induced pluripotent stem cells, not only for regenerative medicine but also for toxicology, disease modelling and drug discovery. Development of these applications depends on our fundamental understanding of how such cells make fate decisions between self-renewal on the one hand, and differentiation into distinct lineages on the other.
Considerable progress has already been made and, today, applications in all of these areas are now on the horizon, and some clinical trials for regenerative medicine have begun. However, much still remains to be done, and our knowledge of the mechanisms that guide development of the embryo is central to understanding how to manipulate pluripotent stem cells.
In this meeting we will bring together key researchers from India and the UK to discuss the progress in developing applications for pluripotent human stem cells and to address how developmental biology is contributing to that progress.
Please be aware of the building work going on in and around University House (Students Union Building). Access to the Octagon Centre will be limited. From the Building Phasing Plans from 7 April access to the Octagon front entrance will be limited to the steps down from Western Bank or the path around the back of the building from Durham Road. There will be no access from the Concourse.
We will be holding a poster session, abstracts are invited.
Please email Nick Childs at N.Childs@sheffield.ac.uk by Friday 8th March 2013.
Registration will be open shortly, £25 early bird discounted symposium registration, £40 conference dinner.