2nd UK Stem Cell Meeting: Epigenetics & Differentiation

27th March 2007, Imperial College London. Organized by Dr Ludovic Vallier and Abcam.

Abcam is pleased to support the annual UK Stem Cell Meeting. This year's event took place on March 27th 2007 at Imperial College London:

** Download programme book **

** Download poster abstracts **

The fields of Stem Cells and Epigenetics are more and more connected and the need for exchanges between the two is increasingly necessary. The aim of this meeting is to bring together leading lights from the research area.


Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London

Directions to venue


Tuesday 27th March 2007


10.00am - 7.30pm, Lunch, refreshments and wine reception provided


Dr Ludovic Vallier (University of Cambridge)


Student: £25 (plus VAT)
Non-student: £50 (plus VAT) (Why are there fees this year?)


10.00 -11.00

Registration and poster set-up


Welcome from Chairperson: Dr Ludovic Vallier

11.00 - 12.50

Session 1: Epigenetics

  • Laurie Boyer (Whitehead Institute, USA)
    Investigating how chromatin state influences the balance between embryonic stem cell pluripotency and differentiation
  • Amanda Fisher (MRC at Imperial College London)
    Epigenetic signatures and stem cell potential
  • Wendy Bickmore (MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh)
    Nuclear reorganisation during development and differentiation
  • 12.50 - 14.00

    Lunch and poster viewing

    14.00 - 15.30

    Session 2: Reprogramming

  • Philippe Collas (University of Oslo, Norway)
    Epigenetic reprogramming of OCT4 and NANOG in cell-free extract
  • Ramiro Alberio (University of Nottingham)
    Using oocytes as a reprogramming tool
  • Tuempong Wongtawan (University of Edinburgh)
    Dynamics of histone methylation in early mouse development
  • Dirk Winnemoeller (University Bonn Medical Center)
    Modulating cellular functions by Nanog protein transduction
  • 15.30 - 16.00

    Tea and Coffee

    16.00 - 17.45

    Session 3: Epigenetics and Development

  • Michaela Frye (Cambridge Institute for Stem Cell Biology)
    Epidermal Stem Cells are Defined by Global Histone Modifications that are Altered by Myc-induced Differentiation
  • Myriam Hemberger (Babraham Institute, Cambridge)
    Epigenetic regulation of cell lineage specification in embronic and trophoblast stem cells
  • Melanie Jawerka (GSF Munich)
    The role of histone deacetylase 2 in neural stem cells
  • Roger Patient (Oxford University)
    Transcriptional regulatory networks controlling haematopoietic stem cell formation and behaviour

  • 17.45 - 19.30

    Poster viewing with wine and nibbles

    Abstract deadline:

    Deadline has now passed. ** Download poster abstracts **

    Registration deadline:

    March 20th 2007


    Students: £25
    Non-students: £50 (please note that VAT is applicable)

    Fees have been introduced to cover the extra costs associated with the posters and wine reception, as well as improvements to the venue and food, as requested in the feedback forms from last year's meeting. It is also hoped that they will reduce the number of people that register but fail to attend. Over 20% of last year's delegates did not turn up on the day (although there were still 180 delegates!) and this was very wasteful in terms of food and other provisions.

    Directions to venue

    Map of venue (Sir Alexander Fleming Building is No. 35 on map)


    - 9,10 or 52 - Royal Albert Hall
    - 74 or 14 - Victoria and Albert Museum
    - 49 - Gloucester Road
    - 45A or C1 - South Kensington
    - 70 - Queen's Gate
    - 9A - Prince Consort Road


    Take national rail service to London and follow tube directions below:


    Take the Piccadilly, Circle or District Line to South Kensington. From South Kensington station, the campus is only five minutes' walk. Either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The College is next to the Science Museum.

    ** There is no parking available at the venue **

    Additional information:

    For more information or specific enquiries contact the Abcam Stem Cells Team:

    Email: stemcells@abcam.com
    Phone: +44 (0)1223 696000
    Fax: +44 (0)1223 215 215