8th Dutch Stem Cell Meeting

Friday 24th of April 2015
University Medical Center Utrecht

Dear Colleague,

The 8th annual meeting of the Dutch Society for Stem Cell Research (DSSCR) will be held at the UMC Utrecht on the 24th of April 2015. The aim of this meeting is to unite people from the Dutch stem cell community thereby promoting the exchange of ideas, data, and future plans. The DSSCR meeting is characterized by an interesting diversity of topics such as haematopoietic stem cells, stem cells in regeneration and development, organoids, iPS cells/ES cells, and genome editing. The stem cell meeting provides a unique opportunity for PhD-students and young post-docs working on stem cells to present their work to the Dutch stem cell community. Prizes are available for the best presentation!

We are proud to announce that Dr Jacob Hanna has confirmed to be our keynote speaker for this meeting. Jacob Hanna is faculty member at the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. His interests are embryonic stem cell biology, early development and advancing human disease modeling. The main focus of his lab has been the process of cellular reprogramming, in which induced pluripotent stem cells are generated from somatic cells, and how pluripotency is maintained throughout development in mouse and human. He addresses these questions using a diverse arsenal of biological experimentation methods, such as high throughput screening, advanced microscopy and genomic analyses. In addition his lab combines biological experimentation with computational biology, theory and modeling, to elucidate the biological question at hand. Last year Hanna and colleagues described the derivation of novel human ground state naive pluripotent stem cells.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Paul Coffer