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Concurrent Symposia Sessions

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Natcher Conference Center
Symposia Session I
Main Auditorium

Stem Cells of All Kinds: What We Know About Them and How We Might Use Them
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Chair: Pamela Gehron Robey, NIDCR and Ronald G. McKay, NINDS

There is no doubt that the topic of stem cell biology has captured not only the attention of the scientific community, owing to their intriguing biological nature, but also of the public in general, due to their potential use in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Yet there is much to be learned about stem cells of all kinds (e.g., embryonic, post-natal, inducible pluripotent) in order to better understand basic biological processes and how they may be recapitulated to bring about healing. In this symposium, the molecular and genetic make-up embryonic stem cells and inducible pluripotent cells, how they compare to one another, and how they can be manipulated, will be examined. In addition, two examples of how post-natal stem cells, in particular the hematopoietic and bone marrow stromal (“mesenchymal”) stem cells, can be used for treatment of human disease will be presented.


Profiling and Manipulating the Potency and Differentiation of Stem Cells
Minoru Ko, NIA

Realizing the Promise of Pluripotent Human Stem Cells
Josh Chenoweth, NINDS

Hematopoietic Stem Cells as Vehicles for Therapeutic Gene Delivery
John Tisdale, NHLBI

Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Help the Immune System to Fight Infection
Eva Mezey, NIDCR

Presentation by FARE Award Winner
Identifying and Targeting the Cancer Stem Compartment for Immune Mediated Apoptosis
Rachel De Kluyver, NCI

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