Stem Cells: Unveiling Their Promise for Lung Diseases

The use of stem cells to prevent and treat human diseases has led to unprecedented growth in regenerative medicine. Increasing evidence has shown that an individual’s own cells have the potential for development of stem cell-based therapeutic approaches.

Tuesday’s scientific symposium on “Progress in Stem Cell Biology and Disease Applications” will provide a basic scientific, clinical rationale, and current state-of-the-art in this rapidly developing area.

The presenters, who are accomplished stem cell investigators from outside the respiratory field, will bring knowledge and perspective to help guide future developments in lung regenerative medicine. The four presentations and their speakers are:

  • “Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells”—Irving Weissman, MD, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research, professor of developmental biology, professor of pathology, and professor of developmental biology at Stanford University, California
  • “Imaging Cancer Heterogeneity and Therapy Resistance in Real Time”—Tannishtha Reya, PhD, professor of pharmacology and medicine at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla
  • “Interspecific Blastocyst Complementation: A Novel Approach to Generate Functional Organs Speaker”—Tamir Rashid, MD, King’s College, London, UK
  • “Defining the Lung Cell By Cell”—Mark Krasnow, PhD, professor of biochemistry and executive director of the Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Stanford University, California

The symposium co-chairs are Daniel Weiss, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington, and Darrell N. Kotton, MD, professor of medicine and pathology and director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Boston University, Massachusetts.

Clinicians, basic science researchers, and other lung health care professionals looking to learn about developments in stem cell biology and their applications to respiratory diseases and critical illnesses are encouraged to attend the symposium. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m Tuesday in the Moscone Center, Room 2016/2017 (West Building, Level 2).

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