Given the incredible interest in stem cell research, and the dramatic innovations that are happening on an almost daily basis, one should not be surprised that stem cell conferences are being held across the country. Because of how broad the field of stem cell therapy is, each of the conferences tends to focus on different aspects of stem cell research. It is also worth noting that stem cell research in the United States differs from the research that is being pursued in Europe and other foreign locales. Therefore, perhaps not surprisingly, the topics that conferences in the United States explore differ from the topics that European conferences pay specific attention to.
Below is a description of some of the upcoming conferences in September, October, November, and December.
One important September conference is the 6th Cambridge Stem Cell Symposium in Cambridge, England. This conference is being held September 19 – September 21. This conference, which is now sold out, is designed to bring together scientists who are approaching stem cell issues from different perspectives.
Symposium organizers believe that diverse participants ensure wide ranging conversations that push participants to think about the stem cell industry in different ways. The conference is sponsored by Cambridge Stem Cell Institute which is a world leader in harnessing stem cell technology to improve people’s quality of life. According to Cambridge Stem Cell Institute’s website, the Institute, and the conference, are working to push the boundaries of what people think is possible to achieve via stem cell treatment.
There are four conferences in October. Three of these conferences are being held in the United States, and the fourth event is being conducted in Hong Kong. One of the largest of the four conferences is the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute’s 2018 Stem Cell Conference. The conference will be held at Rockefeller University in New York October 23 and 24.
This conference plans to bring together more than 500 participants. Unlike many of its peer group conferences which only focus on the scientific side of the equation, this conference involves participants from the government, as well as patients and patient advocates. The goal is to ensure that the conference presents a comprehensive and well-rounded picture of the positive and negative aspects of stem cell therapy.
One important speaker at this year’s conference is Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to Dr. Collins, there are more than 85 other speakers, many of them working at the leading academic institutions and research centers on stem cell issues.
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In November, there are three conferences that may be interesting for any participant in the stem cell industry. These conferences are:
- The 9th International Conference Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Atlanta, Georgia on November 9 and 10)
- The Till and McCulloch Meeting (held in Ontario, Canada from November 12 , 14)
- The Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine & Surgery (in Scottsdale, Arizona from November 29 – December 1).
Each of these conferences will touch on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to both people working in the stem cell field, as well as the general public.
The Mayo Clinic Symposium is of particular interest. This symposium will explore a wide range of potential clinical applications of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy from the perspective of both doctors and nurses. These are not the only topics, however, that will be discussed during the symposium. The symposium will also focus on regulatory issues. These regulatory issues are one of the major challenges that are handicapping the pace of research efforts in the United States. Because of concerns about abortion, there are strict restrictions in the United States on how embryonic tissue and materials can be used in research.
In early December, there are two more high quality conferences that participants can select between. The first conference is the Cell Symposia: Translation of Stem Cells to the Clinic, Challenges and Opportunities. This event is hosted by Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California from December 2 , 4.
The second conference is the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Conference (2018) in Valencia, Spain. This conference will also be held December 3 and 4.
Conference organizers of the Los Angeles event explain that their conference is rooted in enthusiasm about the rapid advances in stem cell therapy, which has resulted in a dramatic expansion in the number of diseases and conditions that can be treated via stem cell therapy. In addition to research professionals and doctors who are working on the frontline of providing patient care, the conference also is geared towards people working in the pharmaceutical sector.
Conference organizers believe that this diverse group of participants will help ensure lively and productive discussions centered on how obstacles in the stem cell industry can be successfully removed.
The two keynote speakers at the Los Angeles conference are Sally Field (from the United States’ Neural Stem Cell Institute) and Hongkui Deng (from Peking University in China).
The Valencia Spain conference has a similar focus, with organizers hoping that participants are able to develop a more well-rounded and balanced perspective about the opportunities and threats posed by the stem cell sector. Unlike many conferences that have a single focus, this conference is divided into two parallel tracks. The one track focuses on academic topics related to stem cells, whereas the other track is geared towards business issues. Even though there is clearly overlap and feedback between these two tracks, it is also clear that the challenges and opportunities in these two tracks may be very different.
The Valencia conference has done an outstanding job of attracting speakers from around the world , each offering a unique perspective on stem cell issues.
Interest in Stem Cell Therapy is Growing
The amount of new stem cell therapy research continues to grow at an astronomical rate. Given this fact, it is not surprising that many participants in the field often feel overwhelmed by information. To address this information overload and ensure that people are up-to-date on the latest research breakthroughs, organizations around the world regularly schedule symposiums and conferences.
The descriptions above provide greater details about many of the symposiums and conferences that are scheduled for the rest of 2018. It is important to remember that each conference has a slightly different focus, although most conferences are looking to provide industry participants with information that can be translated into improved patient outcomes. Given that research focuses vary from country-to-country and regulatory requirements may also be dramatically different, the information at conferences may vary dramatically depending on where the conference is being held.
For interested parties, it is important to look at information about the conferences and decide which ones fit your needs and interests most appropriately. An interested person should then register, remember that these conferences sell out quickly, so it is important to plan ahead.