Past event: Stem Cells 2007

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 13-16 Dec 2007. Organized by Fiona Watt & Abcam. Registration now open

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Organizers Fiona Watt & Abcam 

Venue Occidental Allegro Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


  1. Invited Speakers
  2. Registration fees
  3. Abstracts and topics
  4. Provisional program
  5. Travel options
  6. Attractions
  7. Visas
  8. Mosquito Repellent
  9. Cancellation terms and conditions
  10. Frequently asked questions
  11. Sponsorship
  12. Contact us

Abcam would ilke to acknowledge the support of Cell Stem Cell for this meeting.


Cell Stem Cell (med)

1. Invited speakers

  • Maria Blasco (Spanish National Cancer Research Center)
  • Helen Blau (Stanford University School of Medicine)
  • John Dick (Toronto General Research Institute)
  • Elaine Fuchs (The Rockefeller University)
  • Ihor Lemischka (Princeton University)
  • Robert Nerem (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Emi Nishimura (Kanazawa University)
  • David Scadden (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Glyn Stacey (UK Stem Cell Bank)
  • Simon Tavare (University of Southern California)
  • Ting Xie (Stowers Institute for Medical Research)
  • Rick Young (Whitehead Institute)
  • Leonard Zon (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)


2. Registration Fees

Included in the registration fee (and any additional accommodation) are transfers to/from Punta Cana airport, attendance at sessions and conference social events, resort sporting activities, unlimited meals and beverages, accommodation for the nights of 13, 14 and 15 December and conference materials including book of abstracts.

Early bird (by Fri 31 Aug)

Standard (by Fri 19 Oct)

Single / with partner



Twin (sharing)



Student (sharing)






Children 2 -12 yrs



Children 12+ yrs



*All fees are per person and charged in US Dollars. If paying with a non-dollar credit card, your card provider’s exchange rate of the day will be applied. Delegates traveling with a partner should select the single rate as the reduced twin rate is for those entering the sharing pool.

Additional accommodation is also available the nights before and after the conference at a specially negotiated rate. Please note you may only select one accommodation type for the duration of your stay:

Single / with partner

$145 per person, per night

Twin (sharing pool)

$125 per person, per night

Children 2-12 yrs

$30 per child, per night (sharing with parent)

Children 12+yrs

$130 per child, per night (sharing with parent)


3. Abstracts

Abstracts for both oral and poster presentation which fit with the themes of the conference are now invited.

Oral abstract deadline        Extended to Friday 21 September

Poster abstract deadline    Friday 19 October


    • Pluripotency
    • Epigenetics
    • Mathematical models
    • Tissue engineering
    • The niche
    • Cancer stems cells
    • To the clinic

Unlimited poster spaces – posters will be on display throughout the conference with two dedicated poster sessions.


4. Program

Thursday 13 December

12:00 – 18:00


18:00 – 18:15

Welcome & Introductions
Fiona Watt & Abcam

Session: Tissue engineering, Chair: Fiona Watt

18:10 – 18:45

Robert Nerem (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Technology

18:45 – 19:20

Helen Blau (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Artificial Niches for High-throughput Dynamic Analyses of Single Adult Stem Cells

Evening reception and buffet

Friday 14 December


Session: Pluripotency, Chair: Ihor Lemischka

09:00 – 09:35

Rick Young (Whitehead Institute)
Regulatory Circuitry of Human Embryonic Stem Cells

09:35 – 10:10

Ihor Lemischka (Princeton University)

10:10 – 10:45

Marius Wernig (Whitehead Institute)
In Vitro Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Pluripotent Stem Cells

Morning coffee

11:15 – 11:30

Alexander Marson (Whitehead Institute)
A Role for miRNAs in the Multi-level Regulatory Network Controlling Embryonic Stem Cells

11:30 – 11:45

Alexander Meissner (Whitehead Institute)
Comparative genome-wide DNA methylation analysis using Solexa sequencing-The Pluripotent Epigenome

11:45 – 12:00

Kathrin Plath (UCLA Schol of Medicine)
In vitro reprogramming of somatic cells to an embryonic state

12:00 – 12:15

Morag Stewart (McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute)
Isolating a human embryonic stem cell


Free time for social events

Session: Modelling stem cells, Chair: Helen Blau

16:00 – 16:35

Simon Tavare (University of Southern California)

16:35 – 17:10

Ting Xie (Stowers Institute for Medical Research)
Inseparable relationships between stem cells and the niche: lessons from Drosophila

17:10 – 17:25

Sean Bendall (University of Western Ontario)
Quantitative Proteomics to Dissect hESC Fate

17:25 – 17:40

Taby Ahsan 
Effect of the Physical Microenvironment on Embryonic Stem Cells

18:00 – 21:00

Poster session and buffet

Live resort show

Saturday 15 December


Session: The Niche, Chair: Elaine Fuchs

09:00 – 09:35

David Scadden (Massachusetts General Hospital)

09:35 – 10:10

Emi Nishimura (Kanazawa University)
Mechanisms of melanocyte stem cell maintenance and hair graying

10:10 – 10:45

Elaine Fuchs (The Rockefeller University)

Morning coffee

11:15 – 11:30

Jens Schwamborn (IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology)
A segregating determinant regulates differentiation and self-renewal of neural stem cells in the developing mouse brain

11:30 – 11:45

Amy Hazen (Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute)
SHIP-deficiency compromises the bone marrow HSC niche but creates a migratory HSC population that remains functional

11:45 – 12:00

Leanne Jones (Salk Institute for Biological Sciences)
Mechanisms regulating stem cell niche maintenance

12:00 – 12:15

Felicia Ng (Bioinformatics Institute)
Signaling Pathways Active in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation

Free time for social events

Session: Epithelial cancers, Chair: John Dick

16:00 – 16:35

Fiona Watt (Cancer Research UK)

16:35 – 17:10

Maria Blasco (Spanish National Cancer Research Center)

17:10 – 17:25

Corina Lorz (Ciemat)
Constitutively active Akt induces impaired BMP signaling and altered epidermal stem cell homeostasis

17:25 – 17:40

Daniela Costea (University of Bergen)
Tumour fibroblasts enhance the self renewal properties of malignant epithelial cells

17:40 – 17:55

Fabian Muehlberg (MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston)
The role of adipose tissue derived stem cells in tumor formation and metastasis

18:00 – 19:30

Poster session

Sunday 16 December


Session: To the Clinic, Chair: Leonard Zon

09.00 – 09.30

John Dick

Modeling the human leukemogenic process

09.35 – 10.10

Leonard Zon

Pathways Regulating Induction and Homeostasis of Stem Cells

10.10 -10.45

Glyn Stacey

The Delivery of High Quality Stem Cell Lines for Research and Therapy

Morning Coffee

11.15 – 11.30

Monica Nister

Identification of novel subsets of cd133-positive glioblastoma cells with distinct differences in sensitivity to tyrosine kinase inhibitors

11.30 – 11.45

Hanna Mikkola

Hematopoietic Stem Cells Emerge in the Placental Vasculature in the Absence of Circulation

11.45 – 12.00

Razi Vago

Ex-vivo Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

12.00 – 12.15

Nicole zur Nieden

Osteogenesis of Embryonic Stem Cells - a Species Comparison

12.15 – 12.30

Closing remarks



5. Travel Options

The main international airport in the Domincan Republic is Santa Domingo but please note this is 3.5 hours aware from the venue.  Punta Cana Airport is the nearest airport to the resort.  Abcam will organize transfers for delegates as part of the conference package.  Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.

Punta Cana is served by several major airlines from North America and Europe:

      • North America: American Airlines, United, US Airways and Continental
      • Canada: Air Canada and Air Transat
      • UK: First Choice, Thomas Cook and Thomson
      • Europe: Martinair, Holland Excel, Air France, Air Plus Comet, Iberworld and Air Pullmantur
      • Latin America: Avianca, Aeropostal and Lancile
      • Caribbean: American Eagle


6. Attractions

The Occidental Allegro Punta Cana resort boasts one of the most spectacular beaches in the world; the waving palms, sugar white sand and endless Caribbean waters make it the perfect tropical location. 

Guests can enjoy a variety of sports including tennis, volleyball, snorkeling, surfing, sailing and of course first-class diving expeditions. For those just wanting to relax, a range of spa treatments are also available. The resort has an array of world cuisines on offer and nightly after dinner entertainment.

The Dominican Republic has a wealth of attractions to visit across the island. For further information, see WebDominicana or VirtualTourist.


7. Visas

Before booking flights, delegates are strongly advised to confirm whether they require a visa to travel to the Dominican Republic.  Further information about visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website.


8. Mosquito Repellent  

We would strongly advise delegates to bring adequate mosquito repellent.  If you are concerned about any vaccinations that may be required, you should contact a relevant health professional before you travel.


9. Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of incident, or cancellation due to circumstances beyond Abcam’s control.

      • Reservations for accommodation, meals or social events cannot be guaranteed if payment in whole is not received prior to the start of the event. 
      • Cancellations received before Friday 14 September will incur a 50% penalty fee for the total cost of your registration.
      • Cancellations received after the Friday 14 September will incur 100% cancellation fee, although substitute delegates can be made at any time by emailing
      • Please note these charges apply to both delegate fees and any optional extras such as additional accommodation or the attendance of partners/children.


10. Frequently asked questions


Those delegates presenting a poster will be provided with a poster board and be informed of its dimensions in due course; adhesive will be supplied.  Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference, including outdoors, so delegates are advised to laminate posters to enhance their durability.


Approximately 6-8 weeks before the conference, delegates will be asked to provide their flight details (airline, flight number and date/time of arrival) so we can make the necessary transfer arrangements for you from the airport to the hotel.  Delegates will be advised of their pick-up point and time, which will be allocated in groups of 30 minute slots.

Internet Access

An internet café organized by Abcam will be available for the duration of the conference for delegate use.  At the time of writing, internet access is not available in guest bedrooms but should this become available delegates will be required to cover any additional costs associated with this.


The resort is fully inclusive and the conference fee includes all meals, beverages and social events.  Telephone charges and other extras must be covered by delegates and you will be asked to provide credit card details upon check-in at the hotel to cover any such costs.

Money and Local Information

The local currency is the Dominican Republic Peso (RD$) but this is not available outside the country.  All exchange must be done through official dealers such as banks and hotels approved by the Central Bank.  American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted.  Travelers cheques are accepted by some banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in US Dollars.

      • Time Zone:                    GMT/UTC -4
      • Languages:                    Spanish (official)
      • Electricity:                     110V 60HzHz
      • Electric Plug Details:       two parallel flat blades style plug
      • Country dialing code:       809

Please ensure you bring a plug adaptor with you for any electrical appliances.

Health and Insurance

As before any travel, delegates are strongly advised to ensure they have adequate medical insurance and research any necessary vaccinations they may require; taking advice from relevant health care professionals.  Bringing sufficient sun cream protection and mosquito repellent is a must.  Delegates will be provided with emergency contact numbers upon registration at the conference.

Passports and Visa

Please ensure you have an up to date passport before booking travel and are aware of any visa requirements which may be in operation for nationals of your country. 

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 0845 850 2829.

US Department of State


11. Sponsorship

A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities and products.  For further information, please contact Abcam Events Team.


12. Contact Us

Should you have any questions relating to your attendance at this event, please contact Abcam Events Team.  We look forward to welcoming you to Mexico.

See full details of the inaugural Stem Cells 2006: Mexican Riviera meeting in Cancun. Download the program and talk abstracts.