5th International Conference on Stem Cells

Program - Monday, October 02

Important: The program online is copyrighted to each author and should not be copied and pasted!
  • Aegean Conferences Communication  

    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. 


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