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About the Symposium

The McEwen Institute Symposium: Charting the Path to Stem Cell-Based Therapies is a one-day event that will showcase the latest advances and innovations in the field of cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

The symposium will feature talks from leading researchers and clinicians who are developing and applying cell-based therapies for various diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, liver disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers, exchange ideas and explore collaborations.

Don't miss the chance to learn from the brightest minds in the cell therapy space and discover the potential of cell therapy to transform medicine and improve lives.

Register to join us at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto on April 18th, 2024.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fee: Free with registration

Venue: The event will be at the Toronto Reference Library – The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4W 2G8. In-person attendance only.


Symposium Host

The symposium will be hosted by the McEwen Stem Cell Institute at the University Health Network.

Registration is now closed. Please contact to join the event waitlist.

8:00 am – 8:45 am Breakfast
8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 am - 10:40 am Session 1
Moderators: Dr. Sarah Crome & Dr. Adriana Migliorini
Speakers Talk Titles
Dr. Sonja Schrepfer Protecting Transplanted Cells from Immune Rejection is the Key to Unlocking the Potential of Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Trevor Reichman Update on Beta Cell Replacement Therapy for the Management of Diabetes
Dr. Cristina Nostro Building stem cell-derived islets for diabetes treatment: Learning from the human fetal niche
Dr. Elmar Jaeckel Tissue-specific immune tolerance enabling tissue regeneration and regenerative medicine
10:40 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Session 2
Moderators: Dr. Michael Garton & Michelle Lohbihler
Speakers Talk Titles
Dr. Mitchell Weiss Genome Editing for Hemoglobin Disorders
Dr. Shinichiro Ogawa Developing Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Liver Tissue through the Utilization of 3D Organoids and 3D Bioprinting Technology
Dr. Lior Zangi The SMRTs* way to fix the heart
*Specific Modified mRNA Translational System
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:55 pm Session 3
Moderators: Dr. Sara Vasconcelos & Dr. Faisal Alibhai
Speakers Talk Titles
Dr. Adam Feinberg FRESH 3D Bioprinting Therapeutic-Scale Human Heart Muscle
Dr. Michael Laflamme Maturation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Grafts
Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman How to Make a Science-Based Case for Early Phase Trials and/or Innovative Care: The PATH approach
Dr. Stephanie Protze Biological Pacemakers: A Cell Therapy Approach to Cardiac Pacing
2:55 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Session 4
Moderators: Dr. Gordon Keller & Dr. Ian Fernandes
Speakers Talk Titles
Dr. Karun Singh 3D Assembloid Models to Identify Neural Circuit Deficits in Human Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Yun Li Investigating mTOR Hyperactivation Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Human Brain Cells and Organoids
Dr. Viviane Tabar Keynote: ​Phase 1 Trial of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Dopamine Neurons for Parkinson's Disease
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Closing Remarks
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception

Speakers & Bio

Viviane Tabar

Sonja Schrepfer

Trevor Reichman

Cristina Nostro

Elmar Jaeckel

Mitchell Weiss

Shinichiro Ogawa

Lior Zangi

Adam Feinberg

Michael Laflamme

Jonathan Kimmelman

Stephanie Protze

Karun Singh

Yun Li

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