Scientific program 2014

1st Meeting of the
Belgian Society for Stem Cell Research (BeSSCR)
Stem cells: ready for the transition from bench to bedside?

Friday September 12th 2014
8:00 – 8:30 Registration + coffee: Provinciaal Administratief Centrum “Het Zuid”, Woodrow Wilsonplein 2, 9000 Gent
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome and Introduction: Prof. Petra DE SUTTER,
Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium
Keynote session: Different stem cell horses in the stable
Chair: Karen Sermon, Björn Heindryckx
8:40 – 9:20 Prof. Jacob HANNA, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Production of naive pluripotent human stem cells
9:20 –10:00 Prof. Catherine VERFAILLIE, Leuven Stem Cell Institute, Belgium
Uses of Reprogrammed Cells in Medicine
10:00–10:40 Prof. Cédric BLANPAIN, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Stem cells during cancer initiation and growth
10:40–11:15  Coffee Break
Session II: Legal aspects of Stem Cells: are they ethical?
Chair: Guido Pennings, Sofie Bekaert
11:15-11:45 Prof. Guido DE WERT, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Ethical implications of stem cell research
11:45-12:15 Dr. Philippe JACOBS, European Patent Attorney of Tech Transfer, UGent
Legal aspects: patent possibilities for industry of stem cells and derivates
12:15-12:30 Poster teasers
12:30-13:30 Lunch + Poster session
Session III: Production of functional cells from stem cells in a dish?
Chair: Ellen Goossens, Petra De Sutter
13:30–14:00 Prof. Susana CHUVA DE SOUSA LOPES,Leiden University, The Netherlands
From pluripotent stem cells towards germ cells
14:00–14:30 Prof. Pierre VANDERHAEGHEN, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
From stem cells to cortical networks
14:30–15:00 Prof. Harry HEIMBERG, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Differentiation or transdifferentiation towards functional beta cells
15:00-15:30  Refreshment Break
Session IV: Stability of stem cells: should we ever use them clinically?
Chair: Filip Van Nieuwerburgh, Mieke Geens
15:30 – 16:00 Dr. Bart VAES,Regenesys, Belgium
Characterization of the properties of the cells from an epigenetic perspective
16:00–16:30 Prof. Claudia SPITS,Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
(Epi-)genomic stability of pluripotent stem cells
16:30-17:00 Prof.  Yves BEGUIN,  Université de Liège, Belgium
Use of mesenchymal stem cell derived cells for clinical applications
17:00-17:30 Discussion + concluding remarks: Prof.Karen SERMON,
Research Group Reproduction and Genetics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
17:00–19:00 Reception