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Friday, August 4, 2023
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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Individualized disease models are key tools for studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie a patient’s symptoms and identifying treatment options. Researchers previously struggled to create personalized models that accurately mimicked disease hallmarks because they lacked cell culture methods that recreated a cell’s physiological and biomechanical environment. Recent advances in organoid and organ-on-a-chip technologies permit scientists to develop miniature in vitro organ models, promising to unlock new insights into how organs function under normal and pathogenic conditions. 

In this symposium brought to you by The Scientist, Clive Svendsen, Meritxell Huch, Ameen Salahudeen, and Maksim Plikus discuss how to leverage patient-derived stem cells to create more accurate disease models for cancer, infectious disease, and hereditary conditions. They will explore how to employ such models to develop precision medicine approaches that screen for effective therapeutics prior to treatment. 

Symposium program

11:00 AM – Introduction

11:10 AM – Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Human Disease

Clive Svendsen, PhD

11:45 AM – Tissue-derived Organoid Models and their Biomedical Applications

Meritxell Huch, PhD

12:20 PM – Investigating pulmonary disease via organoid models coupled with spatial technologies

Ameen Salahudeen, MD, PhD

12:55 PM – Engineering New Functional Skin to Treat Wounds, Scars and Hair Loss 

Maksim Plikus, PhD

1:30 PM - Open panel Q&A session
Iris Kulbatski from The Scientist's Creative Services Team will be joined by the entire panel in an open question and answer session where presenters will address questions posed by the audience.


Clive Svendsen, PhD
Biomedical Sciences and Medicine
Executive Director
Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


Meritxell Huch, PhD
Director and Scientific Member 
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics 


Ameen Salahudeen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Scientific Director
Biological Modeling
Tempus Labs, Inc.


Maksim Plikus, PhD
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California, Irvine

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