2009 Expert Luncheons

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Thermo Scientific

New Tools and Technologies to Accelerate Stem Cell Research

“With the rapid advances taking place in stem cell research, it is valuable for researchers to stay abreast of the latest tools and technologies that are available to advance their understanding of stem cells. Several of today’s table discussions were carefully designed by leaders at ThermoFisher Scientific to educate stem cell scientists on a range of technologies that span the stem cell work flow, from new iPS kits and culturing surfaces, to current methods for gene modulation, cellular imaging and analysis and protein expression. Bon appétit from all of us at ThermoFischer Scietific!” 
– Marijn Dekkers, President and CEO

Table 1: Faster and easier research using rapid iPS cell kits and progenitor cell lines—Steven Stice, PhD, Professor, Director Regenerative Bioscience Center, GRA Eminent Scholar, University of Georgia and CSO, ArunA Biomedical, Inc.

Table 2: Temperature-Responsive UpCell Surface Enables Enzyme-Free Harvesting of Single Cells and Tissue Engineering Without Scaffolds—Thomas Brevig MD, PhD, Director Global Research, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Table 3: Efficient Gene Knockdown in Human Neural Stem Cells Using Thermo Scientific Dharmacon Accell siRNA—Stephanie Urschel, Thermo Fisher Scientific1, Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, Institute of Genetics, School of Biology,QMC, University of Nottingham2, Nottingham, UK

Table 4: A High Content Imaging Approach to Stem Cell Research—Katrina  Drayton, Field Application Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Table 5: Protein Expression Profiling of Stem Cells with SILAC and Tandem Mass Tag (TMT) Reagents—Michael M. Rosenblatt, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Table 6: Us and Them: Contemplating The Psychology of the Stem Cell Research Advocate and Opponent – Stephen E. Levick, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Table 7: ISSCR: A Global Voice for the Stem Cell Field – Nancy Witty, International Society for Stem Cell Research

Table 8: Venture Capital Opportunities in the Stem Cell Industry – Toucan Capital Corp. Representative

Table 9: Effective Strategies for Your Institution’s ESCRO Committee – Carol Horvitz,  ESCRO Committee Member, Joslin Diabetes Center and Children’s Hospital Boston

Table 10: DECELL | RECELL Technology:  How 3-D Scaffolds are Revolutionizing the Potential of Stem Cells – Sarah Haecker, Haecker Consulting

Table 11: How iPS Cells Highlight the Underlying Assumptions of When and How Life Begins – Lena Eriksson, University of York

Table 12: Stem Cells 101- Everything You Want to Know About Stem Cell Research But Were Afraid to Ask…..

Table 13: Critical Allies: What Every Stem Cell Advocate Needs to Know About the Biotechnology Industry and its Innovation Agenda – Tricia Brooks, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Table 14: Doing Business in Stem Cells – Doug Munch, DFM, Ltd.

Table 15: Recommendations for the Next U.S. President – Kirsten Matthews, Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy

Table 16: International Collaboration in Stem Cell Research: Lessons From the International Stem Cell Forum – Rosario Isasi, University of Montreal

Table 17: Successful Business Models for Cell Based Therapies – Devyn Smith, The Frankel Group LLC

Table 18: Building Student Support for Stem Cell Research – Joe Riggs, Student Society for Stem Cell Research

Table 19: Hadassah’s Winning Formula for Grassroots Success – Julia Rubin, Public Policy Associate, Hadassah

Table 20: The State of the Art on Stem Cell Therapies for Diabetes – Juan Dominguez- Bendala, Diabetes Research Institute, Miami

Table 21: International Stem Cell Policies – John Hearn, University of Sydney

Table 22: International and Regional Projects Fostering Collaborations – Maya Sieber-Blum, Northeast England Stem Cell Institute

Table 23: Utilizing hESC’s as Biomarkers for Disease Diagnoses and Test Agent for Toxicity – Elizabeth Donley, Stemina Biomarker Discovery

Table 24: Primates and Stem Cells: The Untold Story – Jordana Lenon, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Table 25: Stem Cell Research in Australia – Rebecca Skinner, Australian Stem Cell Centre

Table 26: How Teachers and Industry Leaders Can Work Together to Boost STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin, National Association of Biology Teachers

Table 27:  (Monday) Harmonizing Regulation for Stem Cell Research and Medicine: Has the Time Come? (Tuesday) Harmonizing Regulation for Stem Cell Research and Medicine: How to Proceed from Here – Alan Jakimo, Sidley Austin LLP

Table 28: Seeking Treatment for Your Child: Parental Perspective on Ethics, Responsibility, Media and Politics – Mary Schneider, parent of transplant patient at Duke University

Table 29: How Maryland Leverages State Resources to Support Stem Cell Research – Dan Gincel, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund

Table 30: Call to Action! The Michigan Stem Cell Initiative – Mark Burton, Michigan Citizens for Life Saving Cures