Each year HSCI invites renowned stem cell scientists to the Tony & Shelly Malkin Symposium to discuss a pivotal area of stem cell research. This year, at the fifth Malkin Symposium, HSCI brought together an experienced panel of scientists to discuss research developments on the theme of “Regeneration and Repair.” Building upon the breakthroughs in the field of cellular reprogramming in the past year, this year’s conference addressed regeneration and repair at the tissue and organ level.
Moderating this year’s symposium were HSCI Principal Faculty members Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD, and Chad Cowan, PhD. Held at the Harvard Club of Boston, the day included formal scientific talks and an informal scientific poster session on the theme of regeneration from the simplest of organisms to the most complex systems.
More than 350 people attended the lectures by Brigid Hogan, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center, Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD, of the University of Utah School of Medicine, Andreas Trumpp, PhD, of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Epalinges, Switzerland, Randall T. Moon, PhD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Lorenz Studer, MD, of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
At the scientific poster session, attendees were able to read the 39 studies submitted by HSCI affiliated laboratories and discuss the work with the authors. This aspect of the event allows the many young investigators in HSCI’s community to present their findings and also discover potential collaborators among the researchers doing related work.
After five years, the Malkin symposium remains an important event for HSCI. It provides a unique opportunity for HSCI members to network, share ideas, and discuss new collaborations within their community while simultaneously ensuring that they are engaged with thought leaders from around the world.
The event was made possible by a generous gift from the Malkins, strong supporters of HSCI’s mission.