5th International Conference on Stem Cells


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    Please note that our registration fees include hotel accommodations and therefore no additional reservations are required. The only communication you should receive is from Aegean Conferences and if your paying by credit card, payment receipts from Conferex LLC. SCAM Alert: Beware of any third party companies calling and/or emailing you to reserve hotel accommodations for you during our conferences

    In completing the online registration form you are not automatically accepted to attend the conference nor are you automatically registered for the conference. Final registration to the conference shall occur after you have been accepted and notified by the conference chair of your acceptance to the conference. If you have been charged the registration fee but your attendance has been declined you will be reimbursed in full.

    Please note that Crete has two airports. You want to arrive at the Heraklion International Airport (code: HER) and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (~60 EUR). You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to the conference center. Alternatively Chania International Airport (CHQ) is a two-hour drive to the Conference Center.

    Accommodation Tax
    An accommodation tax of € 4.00 per room night will apply, and will be charged automatically to the individual guest’s extras accounts. 

    Accommodations for the conference are at the Aldemar Hotel.  The hotel is located in Hersonissos, 27 km from Heraklion International Airport.  Please take a taxi from the airport to the conference venue. 

    Arrival and Check-in 
    It is expected that attendees will arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM. Anyone arriving after 10:30 pm on the first day should make alternative dinner arrangements.

    Conference Venue
    The Aldemar Conference Center is located at the hotel. 

    Handicapped Accessibility
    The site is fully handicapped accessible.

    Oral Presentations
    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session.  The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A.

    Archaeological Site of Knossos and City Tour
    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby at 3:30 pm. Badges are required for participation. 

    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Aldemar Knossos Royal Village main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program. 

    Lunches/Informal Discussions
    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant and only after the session has finished. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions
    Three of the dinners/informal discussion will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting.  Please contact info@aegeanconferences.org. 

    Internet, Phone, & Computer 
    Wireless Internet access is located throughout the conference center free of charge during meeting hours. There are computers available in the hotel’s business center for the use of the attendees. Phone service is available for an additional charge from your hotel room.

    Certificate of Participation
    A Certificate of Participation will be distributed to a participant for those sessions that the participant has attended. A participant must attend an entire session to receive credit for that particular session. Late arrivals and early departures from a session will preclude a participant from receiving credit for that session. 

    Passports and Visa
    Participants are advised to check on their individual requirements before attending any Aegean Conference meeting. Visa applications should be filed at the nearest Greek Embassy in the country in which you are resident, at least three months prior to the anticipated departure date.

    Letters of Invitation
    Letters of invitation to attend an Aegean Conference meeting will be issued only to:

    • Authors of accepted abstracts
    • Fully paid registrants

    Note: Invitations are issued at the discretion of Aegean Conferences, and requests for letters will be accepted only 60 days prior to the conference start date.

    Liability and Insurance
    Neither the organizers, nor the Aegean Conferences will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during meeting period. Participants are advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.  

    Other Information
    Animals are not permitted on site.
    Badges are required for admission to all events.
    All Aegean Conferences events are non-smoking. 

    No Photographs and Recording Devices 
    Participants are not allowed to photograph and/or record using cameras, mobile telephones and other recording devices during the slide and poster presentations. 

    Code of Conduct Policy 
    Aegean Conferences is committed to making its meetings an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. The code of conduct can be viewed here. 


Sunday, October 01

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Conference Registration
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Monday, October 02

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
08:20 AM - 08:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks - Kursad Turksen
Chairs: Valentina Taglietti and Marjorie Brand
08:30 AM - 08:50 AM
DNA-guided transcription factor cooperativity shapes embryonic mesenchyme
Joanna Wysocka
08:50 AM - 09:10 AM
Deconstructing the development of the human musculo-skeletal system in vitro
Olivier Pourquie
09:10 AM - 09:30 AM
Stem Cell Models of the Human Germline
Amander Clark
09:30 AM - 09:50 AM
Intracellular, Temporal and Phenotypic Dissection of Mammalian Gastrulation
Yonatan Stelzer
09:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Defining and Driving Neuronal Diversity via Reprogramming
Kristin Baldwin
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Dietary Control of Stem Cells in Physiology and Disease
Omer Yilmaz
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Chairs: Sarah Hachmer and Sophie Petropoulos
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
Cellular reprogramming approaches for heart disease
Deepak Srivastava
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Prostaglandin E2 surmounts aged muscle stem cell regenerative dysfunction and restores neuromuscular connectivity leading to increased strength
Helen M Blau1, Adelaida Palla3, Andrew Ho2, Yu Xin (Will) Wang4, Daniel Robinson1, Peggy Kraft1, Shiqi Su1, Surag Nair5, Anshul Kundaje5, Elena Monti1, Minas Nalbandian1, and Mohsen Bakooshli1
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM
High throughput genome re-engineering in stem cells to characterize human genes
Mazhar Adli
12:10 PM - 12:30 PM
Insights into diabetes from stem cell islet organoids and single-cell genomics
Maike Sander
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Self-organization of pluripotent stem cells into early embryonic patterns through minimal epigenome editing
Ali Shariati1,2,3, Gerrald Lodewijk1,2,3, Sayaka Kozuki1,2,3, and Ben Topacio1,2,3
12:50 PM - 01:10 PM
Cell Fate Decision in Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis
Marjorie Brand
01:10 PM - 01:30 PM
Engineering Stem Cell Fate and Function
Peter Zandstra
01:30 PM - 01:50 PM
The Guinea Pig: An alternative small animal model to study early human development
SOPHIE Petropoulos1,2, Jesica R Canizo1, Cheng Zhao2, Savana Biondic1, and Katherine Vandal1
01:50 PM - 02:10 PM
Plasticity in the Intestinal Crypt
Ophir Klein
02:10 PM - 02:20 PM
Maintenance of pluripotency-like signature in the entire ectoderm leads to neural crest stem cell potential
Ceren Pajanoja1,2, Jenny Hsin1, Bradley Olinger1, Andrew Schiffmacher1, Rita Yazejian1, Shaun Abrams1, Arvydas Dapkunas2, Zarin Zainul1, Andrew Doyle1, Daniel Martin1, and Laura Kerosuo1
02:20 PM - 03:30 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions - Buses Depart Hotel Lobby

Tuesday, October 03

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Chairs: Pooja Flora and Mina Gouti
08:30 AM - 08:50 AM
Skeletal muscle stem and niche cell dynamics
Shahragim Tajbakhsh
08:50 AM - 09:10 AM
Progenitors and stem cells regulate different functional states in human skeletal muscle
April Pyle
09:10 AM - 09:30 AM
Guiding intestinal stem cell fate
Kim B. Jensen
09:30 AM - 09:50 AM
Hematopoietic stem cells from womb to tomb
Camilla Forsberg
09:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Role for inflammation in stem-cell mediated repair after acute muscle injury
Jeffrey Dilworth
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Liver organoids to study regeneration and cancer across biological scales
Meritxell Huch
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Chairs: Vanessa Doulames and Fred Relaix
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Viewing cognitive disorders as neural ‘network’opathies’ that are druggable – a stem cell-based approach
Evan Y. Snyder
11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Neuromuscular organoids to model development and disease
Mina Gouti
11:55 AM - 12:15 PM
Mapping of leukemia and its microenvironment at single cell resolution
Iannis Aifantis
12:15 PM - 12:35 PM
Biomechanical effectors and epigenetic cues control cell plasticity and differentiation
Tiziana A Brevini1, Georgia Pennarossa1, Sharon Arcuri 1, Teresina De Iorio1, and Fulvio Gandolfi2
12:35 PM - 12:55 PM
Molecular and biological implications of the dual functions of Tet enzymes in pluripotency, lineage specification and development
Meelad M Dawlaty
12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Shaping the Lymphatic-Stem Cell Niches in Regeneration and Cancer
Shiri Gur-Cohen
01:15 PM - 01:35 PM
The interplay among cranial sutures, lymphatics, and brain in craniosynostosis with neurocognitive defects
Yang Chai
01:35 PM - 01:55 PM
Gene and Cell Therapies for Human Cardiac Regeneration
Hina W Chaudhry
01:55 PM - 02:05 PM
Bernd Pulverer Editor in Chief of EMBO Reports
02:05 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Special Session for Ph.D. Students and Postdocs
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions - Buses Depart Hotel Lobby

Wednesday, October 04

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Chairs: Norihiro Goto and Shiri Gur-Cohen
08:30 AM - 08:50 AM
Emergency myelopoiesis and demand-adapted blood production
Emmanuelle Passegue
08:50 AM - 09:10 AM
Marius Wernig
09:10 AM - 09:30 AM
Deciphering the primate embryonic and extraembryonic development
Hongmei Wang
09:30 AM - 09:50 AM
Dntt expression reveals developmental hierarchy and lineage specification of hematopoietic progenitors.
Roxane Tussiwand
09:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Antagonism within the DUX gene family in ZGA gene expression and human disease.
Michael Kyba
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Our first choices - decoding signals through developmental transitions
Silvia Santos
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
TBA - Omid Mashinchian
Omid Mashinchian
10:40 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Chairs: Madison Conte and Andras Nagy
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
The intersection between chromatin and transposable element regulation in development
Michelle Percharde
11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
TET activity propagates cellular memory through embryonic dormancy
Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu
11:55 AM - 12:15 PM
Adaptive and maladaptive epithelial stem cell responses
Shruti Naik
12:15 PM - 12:35 PM
Improving cell therapy safety and efficacy: Lessons from the female germline
Andras Nagy
12:35 PM - 12:55 PM
Understanding skeletal muscle engraftment and maturation from pluripotent stem cells
Rita Perlingeiro
12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Unraveling complexity: stem cells, deterministic execution of genetic code, and programmed outcomes
Mark Kotter
01:15 PM - 01:25 PM
Deciphering neural stem cell heterogeneity in the embryonic lateral and third ventricles
Deborah Kurrasch
01:25 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:30 PM - 07:30 PM
City Tour (Buses Depart Hotel Lobby)
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions (Buses do not return to hotel prior to dinner)

Thursday, October 05

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Chairs: Saleh Khawaled and Shruti Naik
08:30 AM - 08:50 AM
Epigenetic regulation of skin stem cells from homeostasis to cancer.
Elena Ezhkova
08:50 AM - 09:10 AM
The human axial stem cell
Micha Drukker
09:10 AM - 09:30 AM
Super-resolution imaging of chromatin organization in health and disease
Melike Lakadamyali
09:30 AM - 09:50 AM
Mapping hematopoietic differentiation topologies in somatic evolution
Dan Landau
09:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Using Artificial Extracellular Matrix Scaffolds to Enhance the Maturation of Human iPSC-Derived Neurons
Evangelos Kiskinis
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Endoglin inhibits cardiac myocyte proliferation and cardiac regeneration
Jop van Berlo
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Chairs: Gulce Percin Schulz and Elena Ezhkova
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Multi-Omics Profiling of the Human Hippocampus neurogenic niche in neurotypical and depressed subjects
Madeline B Mariani, Chieck A Sissoko, Yung-yu Huang, Andrew J Dwork, Gorazd B Rosoklija, Wenpin Hou, J John Mann, and Maura Boldrini
11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
PAX3 Orchestrates Developmental Trajectories During Early Mouse Organogenesis Through Evolutionarily Conserved and Lineage-Specific Gene Regulatory Networks
Frederic Relaix
11:55 AM - 12:15 PM
Plagl1 is a gatekeeper of Müller glial alertness in the early postnatal retina
Carol Schuurmans
12:15 PM - 12:35 PM
Roles of Pax7 in Adult Muscle Satellite Cells
Zhenguo Wu
12:35 PM - 12:55 PM
Modelling Early Mammalian Embryogenesis with Naïve Pluripotent Stem Cells
Vincent Pasque
12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Spatial-omic revelations in skeletal muscle regeneration and aging
Yu Xin (Will) Wang
01:15 PM - 01:35 PM
In vitro modelling of Schizophrenia: investigating the role of ZMYND11in neural differentiation
Agota Apati1, Csongor Tordai1,2, Edit Hathy2,3, Katalin Vincze1,2, Ádám Póti1, Bálint Jezsó1, Dávid Szüts1, and János M. Réthelyi2,3
01:35 PM - 01:55 PM
Multi-modal analysis of stakeholders' perceptions of and experiences regarding clinical and regulatory aspects of autologous stem cell therapies.
Ubaka Ogbogu
01:55 PM - 02:00 PM
Closing Remarks - Kursad Turksen
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Farewell Dinner

Friday, October 06

08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM