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Young Investigator Symposium

"First Author" Symposium

Each year, Lund Stem Cell Center holds its own International Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium.

The concept behind the International Young Investigator event is that young scientists behind the actual experiments deserve more exposure and opportunity to promote their own high impact work. Our vision is to stimulate scientific exchange, encourage potential future collaborations and inspire our young researchers in terms of their career path.

Articles of the past year are nominated by Stem Cell Center Principal Investigators, based on the criteria that the first author is early stage career and their work is novel and published in high impact journals. The articles are then evaluated and ranked by the organising committee and their respective first authors are invited to Lund Stem Cell Center to give a talk and participate in "Meet the expert" lunches and other networking opportunities

The International Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium began in 2015. The details of 2020's event is now available below (postponed due to the pandemic situation). To the right are the Young Investigator awardees from the previous years.

Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium 2020: Advances in Stem Cell Research

Wednesday, 16 June 2020 | 15:00 - 18:00 | Zoom


15:00 Welcome address - Principal Investigator Charlotta Böiers

Invited speakers:

15:10 Adam Wilkinson, PhD. Stanford University, USA: “Long-term ex vivo haematopoietic-stem-cell expansion allows nonconditioned transplantation” (Nature).

15:40 Sabina Kanton, PhD. Max Planck Institute, Germany: “Organoid single-cell genomic atlas uncovers human-specific features of brain development” (Nature).

16:10 Break

16:30 Nika Shakiba, PhD. University of British Columbia, Canada: “Cell competition during reprogramming gives rise to dominant clones” (Science).

17:00 Closing remarks - Principal Investigator Daniella Ottosson

17:05 Break-out discussions: challenges and rewards in science (target audience: SCC postdocs & PhD students, please contact Claire [dot] McKay [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Claire[dot]McKay[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se) to register).

  • Adam Wilkinson - Topic: Research on different sides of the Atlantic: navigating the US and UK academic system
  • Sabina Kanton - Topic: Publishing: High impact publication challenges as a PhD student
  • Nika Shakiba - Topic: Challenges in starting out as a PI

17:30 Joint discussion and concluding remarks - Principal Investigator Filipe Pereira

Organising Committee:

Charlotta Böiers, Daniella Ottosson, Filipe Pereira, Andrea Comella Bolla, Alessandro Fiorenzano, Jiaxin Li, Roberto Munita & Claire McKay.

Coordinator & Contact Person: Claire [dot] McKay [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Claire[dot]McKay[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)