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May 11 - May 12, 2017

NYSTEM’s 9th Annual Meeting was held May 11th and 12th at the Rockefeller University in New York City. Nearly 150 participants joined the conference to hear research updates from some of New York's top stem cell scientists.

This year's conference featured an engaging and provocative keynote address by Austin Smith of the University of Cambridge on principles of pluripotency, as well as a panel discussion on reproducibility in science and what journals and journal editors are doing to improve the current system of scientific publication.

In a change from past conferences, the Program Committee mixed different research foci within each session, rather than devoting sessions to specific research areas, making for lively discussion. Also new this year were poster teasers, six 2-3 minute overviews of selected posters presented during plenary sessions. The meeting culminated with a call to action to engage the public and elected officials, and the awarding of poster prizes. 

Two scientists from the Rockefeller University, Albert Ruzo and Gist Croft, shared the first place prize. Second place went to Brandon Guenthart of Columbia University, and third place went to Arezoo Momeni of the University at Buffalo. Honorable mention was given to all the Shared Facilities poster presenters.

Location: The Rockefeller University Carson Family Auditorium 1230 York Avenue New York, NY


May 10 - May 11, 2016

The New York Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) held its eighth consecutive annual conference on May 10-11, 2016, at the Rockefeller University. While many participants traveled only a few blocks to attend, several came from international locations including Germany, Egypt and Peru. Highlights of Day One included a plenary session on bioengineering in stem cell biology, anchored by presentations from Lawrence Bonassar of Cornell University and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic of Columbia University.  A session on stem cell biology included a presentation from Gist Croft on a brand new breakthrough allowing longer in vitro growth of human embryos, providing a window into early human development.  In the afternoon there was a panel on the latest developments in immunotherapies, including Isabelle Riviére and Michel Sadelain of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Thinle Chodon from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The second day of the conference featured keynote speaker Sean Morrison, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).  He began his remarks with a call for public advocacy by scientists, then gave an inspiring presentation describing his lab’s work on hematopoietic stem cells that concluded with a tale of translating a basic research finding regarding bone-forming stem cells that may soon yield a cure for osteoporosis. The meeting concluded with the awarding of poster prizes to three winners:
1st Place - Nestor Saiz, Memorial Sloan Kettering
2nd Place - Nazia Alam, Burke Medical Research Institute, representing the Retinal Stem Cell Consortium
3rd Place - Shivangi Shah, Memorial Sloan Kettering

There was high praise for the entire meeting this year and an unprecedented feeling of excitement, unity and collegiality prevailed.

Location: The Rockefeller University Carson Family Auditorium 1230 York Avenue New York, NY


May 14 - May 15, 2015

The New York Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) held its seventh annual scientific conference on May 14 & 15, 2015, at Rockefeller University on the east side of Manhattan.  A record-breaking two hundred investigators, post-docs and other stem cell community members representing 33 New York State research institutions attended the meeting, at which 65 researchers showcased their NYSTEM-funded work through presentations and posters.  Most stressed that their achievements would not have been possible without NYSTEM funding. 

Highlights included a keynote speech by Hans Clevers of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, who has received countless international awards for his work on colon cancer, a plenary presentation by Craig Thompson, President of Memorial Sloan Kettering, on metabolic pathways in embryonic stem cells, and a special session featuring the three recently awarded second-round Consortia to Accelerate Stem Cell Therapies.  The Consortia, which are seeking regulatory approval to conduct clinical trials of their treatments for currently incurable diseases, comprise (1) the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (chemo-resistant recurring ovarian cancer); (2) the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (various blood cancers and disorders); and (3) the Weill Cornell Medical College, for a cure to sickle cell disease, which afflicts about 10,000 New Yorkers.

Location: The Rockefeller University Carson Family Auditorium 1230 York Avenue New York, NY


May 29 - May 30, 2014

NYSTEM's 6th annual meeting was a two day event held on the upper East Side of Manhattan on the bucolic campus of the Rockefeller University. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., President of Rockefeller, provided opening remarks. The keynote address was given by George Daley, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Children's Hospital Boston and a Professor at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Daley was introduced by Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State.  Three plenary sessions included invited lectures from some of New York's leading stem cell scientists, as well as Feng Zhang, from MIT and the Broad Institute.  Additional plenary talks were selected from submitted abstracts and ranged in topics from regenerative abilities of sea anemones to stem cell models of diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to stem cell involvement in cancers. A Special Session panel discussion on Overcoming Barriers to Translating Bench Research to the Clinic included various perspectives on the topic and encompassed ethical and regulatory issues, as well as drug discovery and cell-based therapies. A tribute and presentation was made to Lawrence Sturman, former Executive Director of NYSTEM.  60 posters were displayed in two sessions and four poster awards were given.

Location: The Rockefeller University Carson Family Auditorium

NYSTEM 2013: Collaboration & Renewal

May 22 - May 23, 2013

NYSTEM’s 5th Annual Meeting was a one and one-half day event that featured many of New York's leading stem cell researchers. New York State Health Commissioner and Chair of the Empire State Stem Cell Board, Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, gave introductory remarks and introduced the keynote speaker, Clive Svendsen, Director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Svendsen described the twists and turns of a decade of work which culminated in a CIRM award to conduct an 18 Patient Phase I/II trial targeting ALS.  He then joined Sally Temple and Steve Goldman for a panel discussion moderated by Lorenz Studer, on moving potential stem cell therapies to clinical trials. Studer, Temple and Goldman represent the first round recipients of NYSTEM's much anticipated Consortium awards. NYSTEM 2013 plenary sessions included: Single Cell Analyses, Stem Cells in Cancer, Stem Cell Biology, and NYSTEM Success Stories.  Over 50 abstracts were presented in two poster sessions.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center

NYSTEM 2012: Windows of Opportunity

May 23 - May 24, 2012

NYSTEM’s fourth annual meeting was a one and one-half day event that included plenary and poster sessions, and featured many of New York’s leading stem cell researchers and educators. The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr. Mahendra Rao, Director of the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine. Other highlights included invited speakers and presentations by the Empire State Fellow-to-Faculty awardees. Presentations highlighted the advancements in stem cell research and development supported by NYSTEM. Altogether the program included 20 speakers  and over sixty poster presentations. Nearly 200 participants represented 25-plus institutions from across the state. 

Location: CUNY Graduate Center

NYSTEM 2011: Science Accelerating Therapies

May 24 - May 25, 2011

NYSTEM’s third annual meeting was a two-day event hosting over 180 scientists and educators from more than 30 New York institutions in plenary and poster sessions to discuss ongoing research and education initiatives. All of the meeting’s presenters were NYSTEM-funded, including keynote speaker Elaine Fuchs, Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor and Howard Hughes Investigator at The Rockefeller University, and current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, who discussed the biology and promise of skin stem cells.  The meeting was held at The CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center

NYSTEM 2010: Building the New York Stem Cell Community

Mar 26 - Mar 27, 2010

NYSTEM's second annual meeting was a two-day meeting hosting over 150 scientists from across the state.  The program started with a workshop on NYSTEM-funded shared facilities, and additional plenary sessions included Neural Stem Cells, Stem Cells and Cancer, Stem Cells in Diseases, Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering and Technology, and Pluripotency and Reprogramming.  In addition to 32 plenary speakers, 24 posters were presented.  The meeting was held at The CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center

Stem Cell Science in New York State: Emerging Opportunities

Jun 12, 2009

The 2009 NYSTEM Awardees Meeting was a one-day scientific event bringing together stem cell scientists representing the diversity of institutions across New York State and the wide array of research topics under investigation. The program provided updates on stem cell research underway in New York, and included a keynote speaker, plenary talks, a poster session and a panel discussion. 

Location: Desmond Hotel and Conference Center