Given the recent advances in the fields of both aging and stem cells, the objectives of this meeting are to present new research on Aging and Stem cells and build bridges between these two disciplines. By promoting scientific exchange and in depth discussions between experts as well as trainees in a scientific retreat atmosphere, the objective of this conference is to generate new ideas and approaches to understanding and treating aging-related tissue failure.
At the intersection of the aging and stem cell fields, important questions have emerged such as: How does aging affect stem cell quiescence, self-renewal, and preservation of a reserve organ progenitor cell population? How does aging cause aberrant activation of stem cells that can result in increased vulnerability of stem cells to damage? How does aging result in skewing of stem cell fates and failure to restore normal tissue and cell patterning? Are aging related deficits caused by changes in stem cells themselves or in the tissues that support their quiescence and activation (the niche)? And finally, Can we intervene to preserve stem cell homeostasis and extend health and lifespan?
Keynote Speaker: Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D., Sanford University School of Medicine
- Iain Drummond, Ph.D.Professor and Director, Davis Center for Aging and RegenerationMDI Biological Laboratory
- Jonathan Epstein, M.D.Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific OfficePerelman School of Medicine
- Aric Rogers, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorMDI Biological Laboratory
- Clifford J. Rosen, M.D.Director, Center for Clinical & Translational ResearchMaine Medical Center Research Institute
- Amar Sahay, Ph.D.Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Principal FacultyHarvard Stem Cell Institute
- Leonard Zon, M.D.Director of the Stem Cell ProgramChildren's Hospital Boston
- Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D.ProfessorStanford University
The meeting will start on Friday July 24th with a one hour Keynote lecture in Maren Auditorium followed by a reception and dinner. After dinner, poster session I will be available for viewing until 10PM.
Saturday July 25th will be the main meeting day with morning and afternoon platform sessions. Morning and afternoon sessions will feature five invited speaker 30 minute talks and four short 15 minute talks selected from the abstracts for a total of 18 speakers. Lunch will be provided. Platform sessions will end by 5:30PM and will be followed by a lobster dinner and then poster session II until 9PM.
Sunday will have a morning session from 9-12 PM with four invited speaker 30 minute talks and four short 15 minute talks followed by lunch and departure. Students and faculty staying on for the iCARB course will have a short break before the course introduction starts later in the afternoon.