President's Message: Registration and abstract submission for the 2015 ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting are now open
I would like to personally invite you to attend the 44rd Annual Scientific Meeting of ISEH which will take place September 17–19, 2015 at the Kyoto International Conference Center, in Kyoto, Japan. The Scientific Program Committee led by David Traver has developed a first-rate scientific program to make your time at the meeting rewarding, and Kyoto will provide the backdrop to a wonderful time of friendship and academic exchange.
New for this year are three sessions that will explore translational experimental hematology with established leaders including Alan D’Andrea, John Dick, Carl June, David Scadden, Daniel Tenen, and Irving Weissman. At the popular demand, we will launch a workshop on emerging technologies, starting this with an imaging session. Award winner Elaine Dzierzak will deliver the Don Metcalf Lecture, and award winner Andreas Trumpp will deliver the McCulloch & Till Lecture. The Presidential Symposium will explore the role of the vasculature in hematopoiesis with presentations from leaders in this area with Peter Carmeliet, Hiro Nakauchi and Shahin Rafii. In addition to the 37 distinguished invited speakers, the scientific committee has reserved 22 short talks which will be selected from the abstracts submitted, allowing plenty of opportunities for oral presentations.Abstract submissions are currently being accepted, I encourage you to submit.
Unique with its intimate format, the ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting provides the opportunity to learn from your colleagues about their latest scientific achievements as well as a venue for you to share your work. For scientist in the field of experimental hematology, this is the premier meeting that shouldn’t be missed, and you should encourage your colleagues to attend. For young investigators, it is a great opportunity to meet and connect with highly regarded ISEH scientists, and to search for potential collaborators and mentors. From showcasing selected abstracts from young investigators in oral presentations, to the award of the best presentations by PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, ISEH continues to place emphasis on trainees and supporting trainee development.
I would also like to remind you that we have launched a new fundraising initiative to support the travel of junior investigators to the meeting. Please donate to our "New (Junior) Investigator Travel Award" fund which can be found at: www.iseh.org/travelgrants. Your donation will finance travel scholarships to deserving students and post-docs to attend the Annual Meeting. All donors will be listed on the ISEH website, and recognized at the Annual Meeting. Those who contribute $1000+ receive the opportunity to present the award to a New Investigator. Any contribution is appreciated.
I am certain that you will enjoy this major scientific event as well as the culture and hospitality that Kyoto has to offer. Please take time to look ahead by making your plans and reservations to attend the meeting and to help us make it a memorable event.
New Investigator Digest
Early Career Grant Writing: The True "Scientific" Rite of Passage?
Eugenia (Kena) Flores-Figueroa1, Karin Klauke2, Stephen Sykes3
1.Oncological Research Unit at the Mexican Institute of Social Health, Mexico City, Mexico. 2. European Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA), Section Ageing Biology and Stem Cells, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen 9700 AD, the Netherlands. 3. Fox Chase Cancer Center Blood Cell Development and Function, Philadelphia, USA.
Whether it is killing their first lion, surviving in the wild or, simply reaching a certain age, the “rite of passage” symbolizes the defining moment where the younger members of society shed their dependence and transition into adulthood. In science, the transition from student to researcher is certainly not reached by age, but is only attained upon completing the rigors of a PhD program, where the publications made during this time represent our “rite of passage”.
OK, so now we can design and carry out well-controlled science that we bundle up into nice publications. BUT are we actually prepared to face the “true rite of passage” that all academic scientists, young and old, must meet…getting funded?
Writing grants is a skill that does not come naturally to most and often requires a lengthy fostering process. Therefore, the sooner you start the better chance you have of mastering it.
For those of you who are early in your career, our goal here is to provide you with some key starting points for writing concise, solid and well-assembled grants. In order to do so, we have polled several of our expert ISEH members for advice on grant writing and summarized some of the main funding sources for junior researchers from around the world. Read and learn! Read more on website.
Don't Miss Sessions
4th International Conference on Immunochemotherapy
Philadelphia, PA, USA-April 16-17, 2015
This meeting will bring together leaders in cross-disciplinary areas of cancer research that span basic and preclinical work on cancer microenvironment, immunology and drug discovery to translational studies and clinical trials on new therapeutic agents and combinations.
BIT's 8th World Cancer Congress
Beijing, China - 15-17 May 2015
The congress consists of twelve cooperative, specialized programs tailored to highlight the latest and most exciting discoveries in every area of cancer research and it will provide a unique opportunity for researchers from all over the world to meet, network, and forge new scientific interactions.
Stem Cells in Drug Discovery - Cambridge Workshop Series
Cambridge, UK- 2-3 June 2015
Attendees to this meeting will benefit from the expert knowledge of leaders in stem cell research who are currently screening for efficacy and toxicity of experimental compounds using iPS cell lines. There will also be discussions involving industry and regulatory developments that are shaping the future of drug discovery.
American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 18th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, USA - 13-16 May 2015
This is the largest gene and cell therapy conference in the world, with 19 scientific symposia and attended by 1,700 of the world’s top researchers, clinicians, fellows, and trainees. This year's plenary lectures will be given by Drs. Steven Rosenberg and Anthony Atala.
International Society for Stem Cell Research
2015 Annual Meeting
Stockholm, Sweden - 24-27 June 2015
The meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, clinicians, educators and industry professionals to share new data, learn from peers, and discover global advances within the stem cell field.
Read more on website.
Meet ISEH Member Dr. Tao Cheng
Dr. Tao Cheng, MD, is the scientific director of the Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College, the director of the State Key Laboratory for Experimental Hematology and the founding director of the Center for Stem Cell Medicine at CAMS in China. He received his medical degree from the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, China, followed by his residency in internal medicine and clinical fellowship in hematology at Changhai Hospital, Shanghai. Dr. Cheng did his postdoctoral research training at the Hipple Cancer Research Center, Dayton, Ohio and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston before moving to the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Cheng has 28 years of experience in hematology and 21 years in stem cell research, working in the fields of hematopoietic stem cell biology and leukemia biology. He first attended the ISEH Annual Meeting in 1995 and became a member of the society in 2002. He has been involved with the society as an executive committee member/treasurer (2010-2012), member of the Editorial Board of Experimental Hematology (since 2007) and has recently become an Associate Editor of the journal.
Dr. Cheng took the time to participate in a Q&A session with Connections. Below he explains how he got involved with the field of hematology, his decision to continue his research career in China, his advice to recruit more ISEH members in Asia and how he sees his new role as Associate Editor of Experimental Hematology.
How did you find your way to the hematology and stem cells scientific field?
When I was a third-year medical student before taking clinical courses, one of my classmates and roommates had a high fever after we played a soccer game. Shortly after he was sent to the hospital, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and, tragically, he died of the disease in only a month. That shocking experience triggered me to develop a strong desire in doing hematology and stem cell research.
Read more on website.
Register Now for the upcoming ISEH webinar: Hematopoietic specification from pluripotent cell lines vs. reprogramming of somatic cells
Presenters: George Daley, Boston Children's Hospital and Derrick Rossi, Boston Children's Hospital
Moderator: Kateri Moore, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
When: 4 March 2015 10:00 am EST - 11:30 EST
ISEH webinars are FREE to all ISEH members.
Learn more about the presenters here.
Experimental Hematology offers an easy submission process
Submit a manuscript to Experimental Hematology and have your research published in the official journal of ISEH and one of the leading journal on hematology, stem cell biology, and transplantation.
Experimental Hematology publishes original research reports, reviews, perspectives, and letters to the editor, and has an average of 25,000 articles downloaded per month.
- Your Paper, Your Way: All authors may submit their manuscripts as a single PDF file, including all figures, figure legends, and references.
- Faster publication times: initial review averages under 4 weeks and articles are published online from 5 days of acceptance.
- Waived submission fees for ISEH members, with no page fees for articles published.
You'll be joining ISEH in Japan, right?
Annual Meeting Registration and the Call for Abstracts are Now Open - Submit Your Abstract Today!
Leaders in the field from around the world will be Kyoto, Japan, this Fall and we hope you’ll be among them. The ISEH 44th ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting will be held 17-19 September 2015, at the Kyoto International Conference Center. To encourage scientific innovation, ISEH offers group registration discounts, so coordinate with your colleagues and start making your travel plans.
• Call for Abstracts
• Housing & Travel
Share Your Science in Kyoto - Submit Your Abstract Today!
Submit your work for the opportunity present at the ISEH Annual Meeting. Remember that ISEH members’ submissions are FREE. ISEH leaders know that travel to Japan can be expensive for some, therefore ISEH has doubled the funds available for travel awards for New Investigator abstract presenters this year. Abstracts are being accepted now through 10 April 2015. Speakers will be notified in May.
Please visit the ISEH website for more detailed information about the Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to ISEH members!
George Daley for the publication of the paper " Deconstructing transcriptional heterogeneity in pluripotent stem cells", published in Nature. 2014 Dec 4;516(7529):56-61.
Read more on website.
Benjamin Ebert for the publication in the N Engl J Med of the manuscript " Age-Related Clonal Hematopoiesis Associated with Adverse Outcomes". N Engl J Med December 25, 2014; 371:2488-2498.
Michael Cleary for the paper " Human iPSC-derived motoneurons harbouring TARDBP or C9ORF72 ALS mutations are dysfunctional despite maintaining viability". Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 12;6:5999.
Stuart Orkin and Hanna Mikkola for their paper " Scl binds to primed enhancers in mesoderm to regulate hematopoietic and cardiac fate divergence", published online on January 5th in The EMBO Journal.