Human Development - from Embryos to Stem Cell Models, AWAJI, JAPAN


Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN

March 5 - March 10, 2023

Abstract Deadline: January 13, 2023

Preliminary program is available:cshastem2023preliminaryprogramawaji124.pdf


Organized by:

Guojun Sheng, Kumamoto University
Cantas Alev, Kyoto University
Hongkui Deng, Peking University
Alfonso Martinez-Arias, University of Cambridge
Janet Rossant, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on “Human Development - from embryos to stem cell models” will be held in Awaji, Japan, located approximately 60 km west of Osaka city. 

Please note that entry of foreign nationals into Japan is subject to the latest border measures. From Oct 11, Japan will allow visa-free entry for travellers from 68-countries. You are required to read and follow the official information about entry into Japan on the website of Ministry of Foreign carefully and strictly. 

The conference will begin in the evening of Sunday March 5, 2023, and will conclude in the evening of March 9, 2023 after the banquet. There will be eight oral sessions and tentatively two poster sessions covering recent findings in research related to developmental biology, embryology and human stem cells. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.


Conference Venue & Accommodation

Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center is a beautiful, rural island situated in Japan’s Seto inland sea, connecting the Honshu and Shikoku islands. The Yumebutai International Conference Center was designed by architect Tadao Ando and is located in the northeastern part of the island.

Major Topics:
1. Human development from perspective of comparative embryology 
2. Pre- and peri-implantation stage human development
3. Primate models of human development
4. In vitro 3D reconstitution of human tissues and organs
5. In vitro 3D models of human diseases
6. Novel tools for in vitro reconstitution and analysis of human development

Keynote Speakers:
Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, Washington University

Invited Speakers:

Martin Blum, University of Hohenheim

Grayson Camp, University of Basel

Susana Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Leiden University Medical Center

Jianping Fu, University of Michigan

Shaorong Gao, Tongji University

Ge Guo, University of Exeter

Anne Grapin-Botton, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Nick Hopwood, University of Cambridge

Weizhi Ji, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Karl Koehler, Harvard University

Fredrik Lanner, Karolinska Institutet

Naomi Moris, The Francis Crick Institute

Stephane Nedelec, INSERM

Ryuichi NishinakamuraKumamoto University

Olivier Pourquie, Harvard University

Giorgia Quadrato, University of Southern California

Nicolas Rivron, The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna

Eric Siggia, Rockefeller University

Mijo Simunovic, Columbia University

Yasuhiro Takashima, Kyoto University

Christoph Viebahn, University of Göttingen

Aryeh Warmflash, Rice University

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, California Institute of Technology

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you in Awaji in March, 2023.

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