RMSCBSIG Message from the Chair
As the incoming President of the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Special Interest Group (RMSCBSIG), I am delighted to report that we are very pleased with our 2013 accomplishments. Highlights of the recent IFFS/ASRM Conjoint Meeting in Boston include the KY Cha Symposium in Stem Cell Technology and Regenerative Medicine, which focused on uterine stem cells and was supported by the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation. Speakers included the symposium Chair, Carlos A. Simón, M.D., Ph.D., Fundacion IVI, Valencia, Spain; Bob Casper, M.D., Toronto, Canada; and Gerald Schatten, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who replaced E. Wolff, M.D., of the NICHD’s Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology due to the governmental shutdown.
Another highlight was the group interactive session, chaired by Stefan Schlatt, Ph.D., of the Universität Münster on the Properties of Spermatogonial Stem Cells. Additionally, we sponsored the session on the Biology of Male Germ Cell Differentiation chaired by Sherman J. Silber, M.D., Infertility Center of St. Louis, together with Ans M. M. van Pelt, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, and Sjoerd Repping, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam. There were numerous other sessions devoted to stem cells and regenerative medicine including Biology of Male Germ Cell Differentiation, Haifan Lin’s Camran Nezhat, M.D. Plenary Lecture on Small RNAs, Stem Cells, and Self-Renewal, and the lecture entitled, Where Are We With Germ Line (Sperm & Eggs) Stem Cells? by Amander Clark, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Now, as we look forward to 2014, there are so many RMSCBSIG-related activities that you will find interesting at this next year’s meeting. Stay tuned to learn about our postgraduate course on Regenerative Medicine, as well as interactive sessions, roundtables and, of course, the oral and poster abstract sessions. We invite you to attend the RMSCBSIG members meeting. Come and hear what we have planned for the SIG for the upcoming year and let us know how you would like to get involved. We’d love to meet you. We need our members’ participation in improving representation of RMSCB-related activities at future meetings.
Members of the RMSCBSIG (present and future) are encouraged to consider for abstract submission any research and clinical studies that relate to regenerative medicine and/or stem cells for inclusion in the next meeting. Our mission statement notes that: The Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Special Interest Group’s mission is to coordinate efforts between researchers, embryologists and governmental agencies to advance the use of stem cells in cell therapies, tissue and organ regeneration, and to promote training programs for new stem cell researchers.
The RMSCBSIG is excited to welcome you to Honolulu next year!
Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., MBE
Chair, RMSCB SIG