Harnessing Stem Cells to Model Neurological Disorders

The Scientist Creative Services Team
Apr 15, 2021

FREE Symposium

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 PM, Eastern Time

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Researchers working with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) gain an unprecedented understanding of human biology and disease. Experiments with iPSCs are especially illuminating in studies of the brain, where they provide scientists access to this intractable region so that they can model and develop therapies for psychiatric disorders, neurodegeneration, brain development, and infectious diseases.

In this virtual symposium brought to you by The Scientist, a panel of experts will present how they model a variety of neurological disorders with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in 2D and 3D cell culture.

Symposium program

1:00 PM – Introduction
Guo-li Ming, MD, PhD - Scientific organizer

1:30 PM – Integrating patient-specific human iPSCs with CRISPR engineering to model genetic predisposition to psychiatric disorders
Kristen Brennand, PhD

1:50 PM – Defining the temporal changes associated with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with iPSC organoids
Sally Temple, PhD

2:10 PM – Human iPSC-based disease modeling and therapeutic development
Yanhong Shi, PhD

2:30 PM - Using human iPSCs to model the effects of in utero drug exposure on the developing brain
Kimberly Christian, PhD

2:50 PM - Drug screens of human iPSC-derived neuronal networks on multi-electrode arrays
Anne G. Bang, PhD

3:10 - 4:00 PM - Open panel Q&A session
Niki Spahich 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.

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Meet the speakers:

Guo-li Ming, MD, PhD
Perelman Professor, Neuroscience and Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania


Kristen Brennand, PhD
Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics
Yale University School of Medicine


Sally Temple, PhD
Scientific Director
Neural Stem Cell Institute, Albany NY


Yanhong Shi, PhD
Herbert Horvitz Professor in Neuroscience
Professor and Director, Division of Stem Cell Research
Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

Kimberly Christian, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania


Anne G. Bang, PhD
Director, Cell Biology
Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

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