Stem Cell Crossroads

Suzhou, China 
May 7-10, 2018  

Abstract deadline: March 16, 2018

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Organized by:

Duanqing Pei, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine & Health, CAS, China

Austin Smith, University of Cambridge, UK

Marius Wernig, Stanford University, USA  

Yasuhiro Yamada, The University of Tokyo, Japan 


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Stem Cell Crossroads which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 7, and will conclude after banquet on May 10, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in stem cell. 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.

Major Topics:
1. Pluripotent stem cells
2. Embryos and chimaeras
3. Molecular reprogramming
4. Stem cell regulatory mechanisms
5. Tissue stem cells and niches
6. Stem cell models of development and disease
7. Stem cell therapies

Keynote Speaker (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Naihe Jing, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Developmental spatial transcriptome reveals lineage segregation of three germ layers in mouse gastrula
Michele de Luca, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, ITALY
Abstract title: Life-saving regeneration of the entire human epidermis by transgenic stem cells.

Stephen Weiss, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title: Proteolytic Remodeling of the Extracellular Matrix and Nuclear Regulation of Stem Cell Fate and Function.

Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region) :
Emma Andersson, Karolinska Institute, SWEDEN
Abstract title: Investigating Notch control of development and Alagille syndrome via high-throughput in utero gene manipulation
Roger Barker, University of Cambridge, UK
Abstract title: Cell based therapies for Parkinson's disease. Where next?
Yukiko Gotoh, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: Regulation of neural stem/progenitor cell fate during neocortical development
Weiping Han, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology, A*STAR, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Metabolic reprogramming promotes liver cancer cell proliferation
Danwei Huangfu, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Abstract title: Human development and disease through the lens of pluripotent stem cells
Joo-Hyeon Lee, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK
Abstract title: Lung Stem Cells and Their Dynamic Niche during Regeneration and Repair
Pentao Liu, The University of Hong Kong, HK
Jonathan Yuin-Han Loh, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology, A*STAR, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Global H3.3 dynamics defines its bimodal role in cell-fate transition
Knichi Nakashima, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Preservation of damaged tissue by prior inhibition of HMGB1 boosts human neural stem cell transplantation-mediated functional recovery after spinal cord injury
Hiroaki Okae, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, JAPAN
Abstract title: Derivation of human trophoblast stem cells
Duanqing Pei, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health,CAS, CHINA
Hirohide Saito, Kyoto university, JAPAN
Abstract title: Synthetic microRNA switch technologies to purify cells and program cell-fate
Xiaohua Shen, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Novel functions of RNA-binding proteins in transcription regulation and stem cell pluripotency
Jose Silva, University of Cambridge, UK
Austin Smith, University of Cambridge, UK
Abstract title: The nature of pluripotency: order and plasticity
Marius Wernig, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Proteolytic Remodeling of the Extracellular Matrix and Nuclear Regulation of Stem Cell Fate and Function
Jun Wu, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Stem Cells and Interspecies Chimeras
Yasuhiro Yamada,The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: Dissecting cancer biology with reprogramming technology
Qi-Long Ying, University of Southern California, USA
Abstract title: Fine-tuning of GSK3 and ERK signaling in embryonic stem cells
Dahai Zhu, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, CHINA

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 (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on this 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 attending the conference will be selected for fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at SUZHOU in May, 2018.

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1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
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6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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