Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium to focus on blood

April 24, 2014

by Kelly April Tyrrell

World stem cell leaders will converge on Promega's BioPharmaceutical Technology Center in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, on April 30 for the 9th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium: From Stem Cells to Blood.

Coordinated by the nonprofit BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and the UW-Madison Blood Research Program, this year's symposium is focused on how the stem cells that give rise to blood develop and function. It will also look at the diversity of insights stem cell studies have provided other fields.

Highlighted topics include genesis and regulation of progenitor cells and hematopoietic stem cells, stem cell genomes/epigenomes, stem cell microenvironment, and tumor initiating cells.

The day will be broken up into four moderated sessions focused on various themes, including:

  • Hematopoietic stem cells
  • Genomics/Epigenomics
  • Microenvironment
  • Cancer Biology

Featured speakers include Scott A. Armstrong, Grayer Family Chair and vice chair for basic and translational research in the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York; Berthold Gƶttgens, professor of molecular hematology at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom; and Nancy A. Speck, professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and principal investigator in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute.

The day begins at 7 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast and closes with a reception from 5 until 6 p.m. Registration for the public event is $45 for students and postdoctoral researchers, $90 for all others.

In addition to the symposium's coordinators, platinum sponsors of the event include Promega Corp., Perkins Coie and the WiCell Research Institute.