SAVE THE DATE | Blood disorders: models, mechanisms and therapies


Sun - Tue, Sep 29 to Oct 1, 9:00am - 12:00pm


Harvard Medical School, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Organized by Disease Models & Mechanisms, the Open Access biomedical resesarch journal from The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publishing organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.  

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Organisers: Monica Justice, Nancy Speck, Paresh Vyas and Leonard Zon

Advancing basic research findings to the clinic remains a daunting task. Researchers in the field of hematopoiesis have made significant progress in this regard by taking discoveries from model organisms to the clinic. Such advances, including bone marrow transfers, stem cell replacements and immunotherapies, have also had a large impact on the treatment of non-blood disorders.

This meeting on blood disorders and their treatment, organised by the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms, is curated by Editor-in-Chief Monica Justice, Nancy Speck, Paresh Vyas and Len Zon. The meeting will bring together diverse front-line researchers, stimulating discussions across basic research and clinical disciplines, and fostering collaborative links among researchers.

Talks will feature basic research advances acquired across multiple model organisms, as they are applied to human blood disorders. A primary aim is to promote knowledge of therapies or drug discovery that has been developed pre-clinically to move to a clinical trial.


  • Blood development: mechanisms and pathology
  • Epigenetic regulation of blood development
  • Erythropoiesis and red cell disorders
  • Targeting blood cancers
  • Clonal hematopoiesis
  • Manipulating the stem cell niche
Organisers & speakers

Monica Justice The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Nancy Speck University of Pennsylvania, USA
Paresh Vyas University of Oxford, UK
Leonard Zon Harvard University, USA

Scott Armstrong Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
Fernando Camargo Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
Peter Campbell Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
George Daley Harvard Medical School, USA
John Dick University Health Network, Canada
Ben Ebert Brigham and Women’s Institute, USA
Giuliana Ferrari San Raffaele University Medical School, Italy
Maria Figueroa University of Miami, USA
Margaret Goodell Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Trista North Harvard University, USA
Stuart Orkin Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
Emmanuelle Passegué Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Tannishtha Reya University of California, San Diego, USA
Vijay Sankaran Harvard Stem Cell Institute, USA
Merav Socolovsky University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Kimberly Stegmaier Broad Institute, USA
David Traver University of California, San Diego, USA
Neal Young National Institutes of Health, USA