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Stem cells and organoids. Unlocking their potential to understand and treat disease

Life and Matter Sciences Series of Conferences February 8, 2018 Madrid

"Conference Cycle and Science Meeting"

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces, C/ Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid
Limited capacity

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Fundación Ramón Areces

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Springer Nature

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The development, now more than 10 years ago, of genetic strategies that allow 'reprogramming' of adult cells to pluripotent stem cells brought to the biomedicine arena new means to study and treat diseases. This technology allows for the development of cellular models of disease by using human cells derived directly from patients, which allows the advancement of both basic disease knowledge and the development of specific therapies.

Reprogrammed cells also have the potential to be used as cell therapy and they are being investigated for diseases such as Parkinson's or immune diseases. In recent years, stem cell culture techniques (embryonic, adult or reprogrammed) have been refined to allow for the development of structures that resemble organs in vitro. Nowadays, 'organoids' similar to the human intestine, heart, eye, or brain have been developed and are currently allowing the study of both the basic processes involved in the development of these organs and the dysfunctions associated with developmental diseases.

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Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra
Director of Fundación Ramón Areces. 

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Chairman of the Scientific Council of Fundación Ramón Areces. 

Soledad Santos Suárez
Editorial Director Spain and Portugal, Springer Healthcare, a Springer Nature business.



Erika Pastrana
Executive Editor for Nature Research, New York, USA.



Adult liver and pancreas organoids and stem cells: Present and future of their biomedical utility

Meritxell Huch
Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Universidad de Cambridge, Cambridge, Reino Unido.


Using brain organoids to understand neurological diseases

Guo-Li Ming
Department of Neuroscience, Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences, Perelman School for Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


Therapeutic implications of Cancer Stem Cells

Cédric Blanpain
WELBIO, Laboratory of Stem Cells and Cancer, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.


Senescence and reprogramming: an integrated view of tissue repair

Manuel Serrano
Cellular Plasticity and Disease Group. Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Barcelona, España.



Erika Pastrana 

Round table

Meritxell Huch, Guo-Li Ming,Cédric Blanpain and Manuel Serrano

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