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Stem Cells and Regeneration in the Digestive Organs
joint with Islet Biology: From Cell Birth to Death
Organizer(s): Linheng Li, Martín G. Martín, James M. Wells and Markus Grompe
Date: March 13 - 17, 2016
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.
Summary of Meeting:
The gastrointestinal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary systems serve many essential functions, and stem cell (SC)-based tissue regeneration holds promise for treating diseases of the digestive system (DS). Recent advances in the field include differentiation of pluripotent SCs (ESCs, iPSCs) into intestinal, pancreatic and hepatic cells that may someday be used to replace defective cell types. However, a gap remains between these achievements in basic research and translation into clinical treatment. Among the barriers to overcome include: 1) An incomplete understanding of stemness under homeostasis and stressed conditions; 2) Failure of SC in vitro to extend to in vivo conditions; 3) Questions of SC subpopulation; 4) Reversion of progenitor cells (PC) to SC; and 5) Effects of the microenvironment on SC and PC. This meeting is the first to bring together a broad representation of scientists researching SC from the interrelated fields of the DS. With open and vigorous discussion, the meeting will “cross boundaries” and capitalize on the common principles and unique features of the three systems. Specific aims of the meeting are to: 1) Facilitate characterization of the properties of DS SC in vivo; 2) Address how the heterogeneity of the microenvironment influences the state and fate of SCs/PCs; 3) Narrow the gap between findings of in vitro and in vivo identification; and 4) Explore applications for converting stem into functional DS cell systems to overcome disease. The meeting should result in new scientific methods, insights, collaborations and technical capabilities for the entire DS, and facilitate further clinical advances.
Scholarship Deadline: November 12 2015
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 12 2015
Abstract Deadline: December 15 2015
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 14 2016
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
Merck & Co., Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
March of Dimes Foundation, Grant No. 4-FY15-442
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Genentech, Inc.

ViaCyte, Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grant No. 1R13DK108345-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DK108345-01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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