January 28, 2019

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs): From Disease Models to Mini-Organs

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs): From Disease Models to Mini-Organs

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are pluripotent cells obtained by the development of a technique of reprogrammation of somatic cells using 4 defined factors. Such spectacular feature deserved the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012. iPSCs have provoked a true revolution in the fields of Biological Sciences and Medicine. Scientists started to being able to access neurons derived from somatic cells (i.e. skin fibroblasts) of patients with neurological illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and use it as models for research laboratory studies. iPSCs opened new avenues for a better understanding about human cell differentiation, and for the ex vivo development of human organs. Besides, iPSCs brought new hopes for the development of cell therapies for conditions such as blindness and liver and kidney diseases. More recently, Scientists could obtain «mini-organs» from iPSCs. These three-dimensional structures mimic human organs, allowing a unique opportunity to access whole organs affected in different pathologies. Moreover, iPSCs derived from patients with the most diverse diseases are a highly attractive tool for screenings selecting new medicines from libraries with thousands of compounds.

In this conference the most prominent experts from the iPSCs field will discuss the different applications, advantages, and caveats of the use of iPSCs in Biological Sciences and Medicine. We will cover five main themes, namely: (1) iPSCs reprogrammation and differentiation, (2) iPSCs disease models, (3) iPSCs in drug discovery, (4) iPSCs in cell therapies, and (5) organoids (or «mini-organs») derived from iPSCs. 

This international conference is organised in the framework of the ARD 2020 Biopharmaceuticals.

Convenors

  • Dr Denis Reis de Assis, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
    FROM: Brain Institute of PUCRS - BR
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Imaging and Brain laboratory (iBrain), UMR 1253, INSERM / University of Tours - FR
  • Pr Hélène Blasco,
    Imaging and Brain laboratory (iBrain), UMR 1253, INSERM / University of Tours - FR

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