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Stem Cell Niche Interactions
Organizer(s): Markus Grompe and Margaret A. Goodell
Date: April 21 - 26, 2009
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC, Canada
Supported by the Directors' Fund
Summary of Meeting:
Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent precursors able to differentiate into the many cell types of the body. Adult or tissue stem cells are undifferentiated but lineage specific precursor cells able to proliferate long term while producing daughters that maintain the undifferentiated state (self-renew) and daughters that differentiate into specific cell types. In addition to their intrinsic interest for developmental biology, both kinds of stem cells have great promise for tissue renewal and regenerative medicine. Much has been learned in the past year about the mechanisms that maintain and induce stem cell pluripotency, the mechanisms that control differentiation, and the molecular regulation of stemness and self-renewal. Interactions between stem cells and their niches regulate self-renewal versus differentiation of adult stem cells and key signals from surrounding cells may organize fate decisions in space and time to pattern early embryonic development and differentiation of specific cell types. Understanding of the fundamental biology of embryonic and adult stem cells is being translated into development of “artificial niches” and conditions for controlling cell proliferation and differentiation. This meeting will bring together stem cell scientists from diverse model systems and backgrounds. All career levels will be represented. Current opportunities and challenges in the field will be highlighted in an atmosphere of informal exchange, facilitating new ideas and collaborations towards meeting the next great challenges in the field.
Scholarship Deadline: December 22 2008
Discounted Abstract Deadline: December 22 2008
Abstract Deadline: January 26 2009
Discounted Registration Deadline: February 23 2009
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.JDRFThe Company of Biologists Ltd
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Cell Press
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Grant No. 1R13HD061141-01
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