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New Investigator Digest: A Look Inside the Upcoming 45th Annual ISEH meeting

Posted By Connections Editor, Friday, August 19, 2016

A Look Inside the Upcoming 45th Annual ISEH meeting

Isabel Beerman, Novella Guidi, Heather O’Leary, Peter Van Galen & Stephen Sykes

With Summer in full swing, it is time to start turning our attention towards the 45th meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology, taking place this year in sunny San Diego, California, August 25-28th. By now many of you who are attending have likely taken a peek at the program (found at:, which promises to deliver a variety of exciting talks and poster presentations. In addition to these presentations, there will be the inaugural Pre-Meeting Workshop on the morning of August 25th, as well as three fantastic sessions sponsored by the New Investigators Committee (NIC): The New Investigator Technology Session midday of August 26th, The Meet-the-Expert Mixer on the evening of August 26th and then The New Investigator Career Session midday on August 27th. Here we have provided you with some details about these upcoming sessions to get you fired up!

The Pre-Meeting Workshop (Thursday, 25 August – 8:00-14:00 PDT) – Plaza ABC
The inaugural pre-meeting workshop is catered for young investigators who will have the opportunity to present their research, network with peers, and perfect their elevator pitch to colleagues. Participants will also have the opportunity to get expert advice from leaders in the field in a relaxed environment. The workshop will include a presentation from Mick Milsom (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, DEU) on “How to Give a Good Short Talk or "Elevator" Pitch” as well as a keynote address focused on career advice by Nancy Speck (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). A full run down of the additional workshop events and directions for registering can be found at: In addition, some friendly members of the NIC such as Isabel Beerman, Novella Guidi, Konstantinos Kokkaliaris, Daniel Lucas, Tiago Luis, Mick Milsom, Sofie Singbrant and Cedric Tremblay will be there to answer questions and let participants know more about getting involved with the society.

The New Investigator Technology Session (Friday, 26 August – 12:45-14:00 PDT) – Plaza ABC
Chairs/Organizers: Ayako Ishizu, Heather A. O'Leary and Peter Van Galen
There are many existing intriguing and fundamental questions in the fields of normal and malignant hematopoiesis that have been difficult to address due to technical limitations, such as: When do progenitor cells irreversibly commit to one lineage? Does a sub-population of myeloid-biased HSCs accumulate with age? Is tissue heterogeneity affected by disease? These questions may finally be resolved using single-cell technologies, which is the subject of the New Investigator Committee technology session. This free-of-charge event will feature three 15-minute talks by Doug Hinerfeld (Fluidigm, San Francisco, USA), Colin Brenan (1-Cell, Cambridge, USA) and Bertie Göttgens (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cambridge, GBR). The speakers will present the strengths and challenges of single-cell RNA-seq as well as discuss state-of-the-art technologies and bioinformatic approaches for transcriptional analyses and provide new insights from analyzing the hematopoietic system at the ultimate level of cellular resolution.

Meet-the-Expert Mixer (Friday, 26 August – 20:15-21:45 PDT) – Plaza ABC
Chairs/Organizers: Novella Guidi, Konstantinos Kokkaliaris and Sofie Singbrant
Do you want to get in touch with leading experts in our field in an informal event? Do you want to share and discuss your science around a table with a fresh drink? Well the meet-the-expert mixer is a fantastic opportunity to break the ice in a great atmosphere! This event will be lead an all-star cast that includes this year’s recipient of the Donald Metcalf Award, Thalia Papayannopoulou (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) as well as this year’s McCulloch & Till awardee Ben Ebert (Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA). Other hematology mavens include Sean Morrison (UT Southwestern, Dallas, USA), Paul Frenette (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC, USA), Len Zon (Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA), Emmanuelle Passegue (UCSF, San Francisco, USA), Guy Sauvageau (Université de Montréal, Montréal, CAN), Marella de Bruijn (University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR) and Vijay Sankaran (Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA). The NIC welcomes you to this ticketed event, which at $30 USD is an absolute steal!!!

The New Investigator Career Session (Saturday, 27 August – 11:45-13:00 PDT) – Plaza ABC
Chairs/Organizers: Isabel Beerman, Sofie Singbrant and Cedric Tremblay
Want to wow your next reviewers? If the answer is yes, then join us at this free-of charge-event to get tips on writing grant proposals and manuscript submissions from our expert panel that includes Keith Humphries (Experimental Hematology, CAN), Sheila Charia (Cell Stem Cell, USA), Gerald de Haan (University Medical Center Groningen, NLD), and Terry Bishop (NIDDK/NIH, USA). They will be giving advice on how to get that fundable score on your initial grant submission and how to present that data you generated with your grant money. Additionally, they will be providing pointers for putting together the strongest manuscript for your next journal submission.

For those of you attending this year’s annual meeting, we the members of the NIC look forward to seeing you there and welcome you to these events!

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