From Stem Cells to Human Development
Organisers: James Briscoe, Barbara Treutlein and James Wells
Date: 6 - 9 September 2020
Location: Wotton House, Surrey, UK
This meeting will represent the third in our highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. Since the initiation of this series of meetings in 2014, we have witnessed huge progress in the field, with more and more researchers turning to stem cell and organoid systems to investigate development and organogenesis in vitro, as well as increased analysis of human embryos and tissues to understand how these processes occur in vivo. Technological advances such as genome editing, single cell sequencing and improvements in tissue engineering now allow us to delve more deeply into the conserved and divergent processes underlying human development. Such knowledge is essential to underpin translational research into developmental disorders, to develop cell and tissue therapies, and to understand the origins and evolution of our own species.
As previously, this meeting brings together researchers working on a diverse set of questions – from early cell fate choices in the human embryo to tissue organogenesis, from genomics and epigenomics to the evolution of human traits. Despite this breadth of interests, the scientists involved are united by common challenges associated with working with human cells and tissues, and by a common goal to understand the similarities and differences between human development and that of other species. As well as talks from invited speakers and selected delegates, the meeting will also include a discussion session on the ethical and legal challenges of working with early human embryos, cells and organoid cultures – and how we as a community should address these.
Organisers & speakers
Barbara Treutlein ETH Zürich, Swtizerland
James Wells Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, USA
Kevin Eggan Harvard Stem Cell Institute, USA
Jianping Fu University of Michigan, USA
Meritxell Huch The Gurdon Institute, UK
Matthew Hurles Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Wieland Huttner Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
Frank Jacobs Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, The Netherlands
Madeline Lancaster MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Hanna Mikkola UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, USA
Kathy Niakan The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Maike Sander Institute for Genomic Medicine, USA
Pontus Skoglund The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Azim Surani The Gurdon Institute, UK
Margherita Yayoi Turco University of Cambridge, UK
Wei Xie Tsinghua University, China
The fees include;
- Registration and meeting costs
- 3 nights’ accommodation (Sunday to Wednesday) in an en-suite room with single occupancy
- All meals (Sunday lunch to Wednesday lunch inclusive) and coffee breaks
- Use of the leisure facilities at Wotton House
- Delegate pack and programme
It is expected that all attendees will stay for the duration of the Meeting.
|PhD students /postdocs||Academia||Industry|
|Early-bird rate until 17 April 2020||£795||£895||£1,095|
|From 18 April – 19 June 2020||£895||£995||£1,195|
De Vere Wotton House hotel, near Dorking in Surrey, is an estate like no other. Built in the 17th century, the house was once the seat of the Evelyn family, and is set in sweeping grounds of over 13 acres – including Italian gardens, manicured lawns and Roman-style temples.
Wotton House boasts a mix of original features and 21st century style, and the entire venue has recently been refurbished. Amenities include a gym, heated pool and spa, as well as superfast WiFi throughout the hotel and free-flowing refreshments within the conference area. All meals will be provided in the 1877 Restaurant.
Wotton House is located under an hour’s drive from both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, with fast train connections from Dorking Station to London.