We are excited to report that the New Investigator program for ISEH 2014 has been a success. As per ISEH's mission statement, our meetings have a significant focus on new investigators and networking opportunities. These year's sessions created the opportunity to meet established investigators and students, to get to know various career pathways (yes, there is a lot more than academia), and to discuss cutting-edge methods.
Meet the Expert Breakfast
Friday, 22 August 2014
This was again one of our most popular sessions; attendees had the chance to have breakfast with one of our top ISEH members. This year we had the privilege to have breakfast with Sean Morrison, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, Scott Armstrong, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, George Daley, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital and Connie Eaves, Terry Fox Laboratory, Vancouver. In this session we also met other young investigators, and together discussed different topics related to science or career.
Friday, 22 August 2014
This session was for those interested in learning more about alternative careers in hematology and stem cells. This year, we met experts in scientific funding, science editing, biotech, and pharma. Our outstanding panel included Steve Szilvassy from Stem Cell Technologies, Nicolay Ferrari from the CCCTG, Sheila Chari from Cell Stem Cell, and Aleksandra Rizo from Janssen. They shared their experiences transitioning through a variety of career tracks to reach their current non-academic positions. The session was highly interactive and informative, and allowed attendees to ask everything they wanted to know about life outside of academia.
New Investigator Networking Event
Friday, 22 August 2014
This is a session designed to network and meet other new investigators, as well as some established investigators, in a relaxed setting. New investigators had the opportunity to interact and meet new people with our BINGO game! Of course we all enjoyed a few drinks and the great opportunity to meet new people.
New Investigator Scientific Session
Saturday, 23 August 2014
The New Investigator Committee sponsored an invited speaker lecture featuring Dr. Simon Mendez-Ferrer from the National Cardiovascular Research Center (CNIC, Madrid, Spain). Simon Mendez-Ferrer’s research has connected the brain and signals that are released from the nervous system to the bone marrow stroma. Working with Dr. Paul Frenette, he showed that hematopoietic stem cell traffic is regulated by circadian oscillations. His work also identified nestin+ mesenchymal stem cells in the bone marrow and determined their crucial role in the hematopoietic niche
Following Dr. Mendez-Ferrer’s lecture, there were six abstract award presentations from new investigators. Their abstracts were deemed the best among all trainees. This session was filled with great talks and great science. This year’s talks feature work about HSC quiescence and proliferation controls, developmental HSC niche, leukemia, and epigenetics. Congratulations to the winners of the best graduate and postdoc awards: Albert D. Kim, University of California, San Diego, USA and Daniel D Lipka, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany, respectively.
Omics: A Practical Guide
Sunday, 24 August 2014
High-throughput next-generation sequencing analyses of rare cell populations are a major challenge for hematology and stem cell researchers. In this New Investigator session, we heard from three researchers at the cutting edge of “omics” research in hematology: Simon Haas - single cell RNA sequencing, Daniel Lipka - tagmentation and DNA methylation and Gerald de Haan - viral barcoding. They talked about the perils, pitfalls and optimal strategies that can be applied for this technology in the study of hematopoietic stem cells,
and left ample of opportunity for general and technical questions.
The meeting is over, but most (if not all) of us, returned home with new colleagues’ e-mail addresses and great suggestions for our research. We invite all of you who attended and also those who could not attend this year, to keep connected with our society-participate in our social media, webinars, and visit ISEH's webpage. We hope to see you all next year in Japan.
It was very rewarding to meet many young scientists who attend to their first ISEH -or first scientific meeting- they are the future of our society and we are glad the meeting was the perfect scenario to present their work and network.