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Stem Cell Center lectures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lund Stem Cell Center's annual Retreat has been cancelled and therefore, as a replacement activity, a set of zoom lectures by outstanding scientists from different strategic areas of molecular and cell biology related to stem cell research have been booked over the course of the autumn term.

September: New frontiers and implications of new species models


Date: Wednesday 2nd September at 15:00 - 16:30:

Invited speakers:

Professor Vera Gorbunova, Co-director Rochester Aging Research Center, University of Rochester, USA

Title: Mechanisms of longevity

Topic: Investigating fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of aging using naked mole-rats. 


Assistant Professor Amy Ryan Firth, University of Southern California, USA

Title: Ferret pluripotent stem cells: an opportunity to evaluate autologous cell engraftment in the lung

Topic: Developments of work using ferrets as a model system to study lung pathophysiology.

Organisers & chairs: Karolina Pircs, Cristian Bellodi & Claire McKay

October: Frontiers in the Development of New Gene Therapy Delivery


Date: Thursday 1st October at 15:30 - 17:00

Invited speakers:

Professor Luigi Naldini, Director of the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Italy

Title: Advanced genetic engineering of hematopoiesis to treat inherited disease and cancer


Professor Viviana Gradinaru, Director of the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Center of the Chen Institute at Caltech, USA

Title: Engineered gene delivery vectors for high-precision minimally-invasive study and repair of diseased
systems across species

Organisers & chairs: Fabio Rosa, Nika Gvazava, Karolina Pircs & Claire McKay

January: Industry and Innovation


Date: Tuesday 26th January at 14:00 - 16:30

Invited speakers:

Bobby Soni, Chief Business Officer,  BII (BioInnovation Institute), Denmark

Title: Founder traps in Biotech: The loss-avoidance behaviors that doom you to incur losses.


Andreas Bosio, Head of Molecular Technologies & Stem Cell Therapy bei Miltenyi Biotec, Germany 

Title: Innovation in cell therapy: a biotech perspective

Panel discussion: Filipe Pereira, Agnete Kirkeby & Johan Richter

Panel Moderator: Kerstin Jakobsson, CEO, Medicon Village

Organisers & chairs: Fabio Rosa, Malin Parmar & Claire McKay

March: Leadership, collaboration & team building


Date: Tuesday 2nd March at 14:00 - 16:00

Invited speakers:

Professor Paola Arlotta, Chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University, USA

Title: Discovery at the intersection of science, leadership and community: it takes a village


Professor Masayo Takahashi, President of Vision Care, Kobe Eye Center, Japan

Title: Development of  retinal cell therapy; it takes a translational team

Organisers & chairs: Malin Parmar, Darcy Wagner & Claire McKay

Further lectures TBA throughout 2021


On behalf of the SCC lecture organising committee, we look forward to seeing you on zoom for interactive discussions:

Cristian Bellodi, Malin Parmar, Darcy Wagner, Karolina Pircs, Fabio Rosa, Nika Gvazava & Claire McKay


Please contact: Claire [dot] McKay [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se for more information and respective zoom links.

Stem Cell Center zoom lectures organising committee September 2020 - February 2021

Cristian Bellodi

Malin Parmar

Darcy Wagner

Karolina Pircs

Fabio Rosa

Nika Gvazava

Claire McKay