Past event: Human Pluripotent Stem Cells symposium: interrogating disease and development

April 22-24 2009, Dublin, Ireland

Human pluripotent stem cells symposium

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Program: View the full program

Organized by Dr Stephen Sullivan and Abcam.

This conference will focus on both basic and therapeutic applications of human pluripotent stem cells and their differentiated derivatives. Epigenetic and reprogramming mechanisms underpinning derivation, maintenance and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells will be discussed. The emergence of human pluripotent stem cells as a platform for generating large quantities of disease-specific material will also be a key component of the meeting, focusing specifically on two applications: disease modeling and drug screening.

The conference boasts an impressive list of international speakers in this focused and rapidly expanding area of medical science and will constitute the first major stem cell meeting to be held in Ireland.

  1. Dublin and venue
  2. SFI student bursaries
  3. Topics
  4. Speakers and biographies
  5. Registration
  6. Abstracts
  7. Accommodation
  8. Social Event
  9. Sponsorship
  10. Human Embryonic Stem Cells: The Practical Handbook
  11. Differentiation - Journal of the International Society of Differentiation
  12. Contact us

Major sponsors



Matrical Bioscience Cell Stem Cell Science

Visit Dublin

Dublin, Ireland's vivacious and welcoming capital is the ideal venue; it has great transport links so delegates will find travelling here easy and the compactness of the city means it's only a leisurely walk to your next stop. It is well renowned for its friendliness and generous hospitality so visitors won't be disappointed. There is one major international airport in Dublin, situated approximately 10km north of the city center.


Croke Park Conference Center (also the home of Ireland's native sports Hurling and Gaelic football ) is a purpose built facility in central Dublin. The conference center is approximately 15-20 minutes by taxi from the airport which is well served by taxis and local transport.

Full conference program

View the full program

Day 1 (22 April):    Start time: 14.00 hours

Day 3 (24 April):    End time: 16:00 hours

Meeting topics 

  • Epigenetics and nuclear reprogramming
  • Molecular networks underpinning pluripotency
  • Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells
  • Derivation of human iPS cells
  • Disease modeling
  • Drug screening
  • Cell replacement therapy

Invited speakers

  • Dan Anderson (MIT)
    Combinatorial development of biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery
  • Peter W Andrews (University of Sheffield)
    Population dynamics of human ES cells: self renewal, adaptation and cancer
  • Nissim Benvenisty (University of Jerusalem)
    The role of human embryonic stem cells in modeling human genetic disorders
  • Ali H. Brivanlou (The Rockefeller University, New York)
    Genetic dissection of pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells
  • Alan Colman (A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore)
    Induced pluripotent stem cells and research into aging
  • Chad Cowan (Massachusetts General Hospital)
    Twists of fate: programming and reprogramming development
  • Gavin Davey (Trinity College Dublin)
    Using iPS cells for studying neurodegeneration
  • Chris Denning (University of Nottingham)
    In vitro utility of stem cell derived cardiomyocytes
  • Paolo Di Giorgio (Salk Institute of Biological Studies)
    Non-cell autonomous effect of glia on motor neurons in an embryonic stem cell-based ALS model
  • Konrad Hochedlinger (Harvard Medical School)
    Understanding nuclear reprogramming
  • Justin Ichida (Stowers Medical Institute) 
    Reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotency using small molecules 
  • Keisuke Kaji (University of Edinburgh)
    Induced pluripotency without virus
  • Jeffrey Karp (Harvard Stem Cell Institute)
    Chemical engineering of the stem cell surface – towards targeted cell therapy
  • Rick Livesey (University of Cambridge)
    Modelling development and disease of the cerebral cortex in vitro
  • Cécile Martinat (Institute for Stem Cell Therapy, Genopole)
    Pluripotent stem cells to explore mechanisms and treatments of monogenic diseases
  • In-Hyun Park (Children's Hospital Massachusetts)
    Disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Elsa Quintana (University of Michigan)
    Tumorigenic capacity is a common attribute of melanoma cells
  • Benjamin Reubinoff ( Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem)
    Human Embryonic stem cells - towards future therapy of neurological disorders
  • Lee Rubin (Harvard University)
    Making neurons From ES cells: a better way to study neurodegenerative disease
  • Miodrag Stojkovic ( (Research Centre Principe Felipe, Valencia, Spain)
    Why do we need embryonic and adult stem cells?
  • Lorenz Studer (Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research)
    Modeling neural development and disease in human pluripotent cells
  • Azim Surani (University of Cambridge)
  • Ian Wilmut (University of Edinburgh)
    Stem cells in drug discovery and toxicology

    Click here for speakers biographies

Registration fees

Early bird fee:       Standard rate:

 € 395 full             € 445 full

 € 295 students     € 345 students

Please note VAT is not applicable. All prices  include access to sessions; lunch and refreshments on 22, 23 and 24 April; attendance at the welcome reception; book of abstracts and other conference materials.

Students are categorized as those in full time education at the time of registering. Proof of student status may be requested.

Early bird deadline: Monday 23 February 2009 (standard rates apply after this time)

Student Group Discounts

Register 4 and get 1 free!

Discounts are available for student groups attending from the same institution: register four and the fifth can attend for free. Telephone +44 (0)1223 696000 for further information.

Group Discounts - Terms & Conditions

The group must register together - discounts will not be applied retrospectively
The promotion only applies to student registrations
The promotion is available at either the early bird or standard rate
In the event of cancellation by any part of the group, no refund will be given
The promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer


Abstracts for poster presentation are now invited. Those which most closely fit within the topics of the meeting will be selected.

Poster abstract deadline now closed!

Posters will be judged. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) will be awarding two cash prizes for the best posters presented during the symposium.

Abstract submission guidelines.PDF

ISD student bursaries

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is offering six bursaries of £500 to support the attendance of a student delegates. Full details can be found by visiting the SFI student bursary webpage.

The deadline for bursary applications has now closed.

SFI student bursaries

The International Society of Differentiation (ISD) is offering eight student bursaries of €700 to encourage the development of new research among young academics. Full details can be found by visiting the ISD student bursary webpage.

The deadline for bursary applications has now closed.


The Dublin Convention Bureau have negotiated preferential rates at local hotels, the closest being the Jury Croke Park Hotel conveniently located opposite the Hogan Stand. 

Delegates requiring accommodation are requested to book directly with hotels. Please quote ABCAM DIRECT when making bookings.

Hotels available for this event:


Walking distance

Cost (single room inc. B&B)

*Cut-off date

Jurys Croke Park Hotel ****

5 minutes


09 March 2009

Best Western Premier Academy Plaza Hotel ***

15-20 minutes


23 Feb 2009

Maldron Hotel Parnell Square ***

20-25 minutes


22 March 2009

*Please note we can not guarantee availability after the cut-off date, so we advise delegates to book early!

Social Event

An optional social event has been arranged for the evening of Thursday 23 April at the world famous 16th century Abbey Tavern in Howth. The event will include a meal followed by a show of traditional Irish music, song & dance.

The social event is optional and delegates can book their place when registering for the conference. The cost of the social event is € 70 per person and includes:

  • 3 course dinner (menu choices can be made on the night)
  • Entertainment (traditional Irish evening of music, song and dance)
  • Irish coffee and ½ bottle of wine per person
  • Transport to/from Abbey Tavern

Further information about the social event will be available shortly.


If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this meeting, please contact us for more information.


***Wiley-Blackwell book offer to all conference delegates***

Wiley-Blackwell is one of the world’s foremost academic and professional and the largest society publisher, providing must-have content and services to customers worldwide. With an extensive collection of journals and books published in a variety of print and electronic formats, you are sure to find something invaluable within your area of expertise.

To celebrate the book's recent praise by the American Medical Association and positive reviews in Cell Stem Cell, Regenerative Medicine and Differentiation, Wiley-Blackwell is delighted to offer all conference delegates an exclusive 20% on Human Embryonic Stem Cells: The Practical Handbook, edited by Stephen Sullivan, Chad A. Cowan and Kevin Eggan.

To receive your discount on this or any stem cell title, simply quote promotion code SEBIO when you purchase a book. It’s that easy!

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.

  • All fees payable to Abcam are non-refundable
  • Substitute delegates may be made at any time

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