Stem cells & cancer stem cells: Regenerative medicine and cancer

June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018

Hôtel Dupanloup
1 rue Dupanloup
45000 Orléans


Rapid development of stem cell research, tissue-engineering, material sciences and our understanding of cancer biology, particularly within the cancer stem cell-area, provide strong foundation for the development of regenerative medicine. On the other hand, the recognition of cancer as the diseases of stem cells allows for reciprocal knowledge flow between stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and cancer biology. Our goal is therefore to bring together researchers that develop new biomaterials, novel manufacturing techniques like electrospin, 3D-printing together with medical professionals, scientists specialized in (cancer) stem cells and regenerative medicine, in order to foster cross-flow of information and the development of new ideas that would facilitate quantum leap in regenerative medicine and cancer treatment. 


  • Pr Marek Łos, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.
    FROM: Jagiellonian University (Małopolska Center of Biotechnology) - PL
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Molecular Biophysics Center (CBM) / CNRS Orleans - FR
  • Dr Catherine Grillon,
    Molecular Biophysics Center (CBM) / CNRS Orleans - FR


Stem cells & cancer stem cells: Regenerative medicine and cancer

Confirmed Speakers


  • Dr Saeid Ghavami, University of Manitoba - CA
  • Dr Catherine Grillon, Molecular Biophysics Center (CBM) / CNRS Orleans - FR
  • Pr Zhenyu Ju, Jinan University - CN
  • Dr Marie-Pierre Junier, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine - FR 
  • Dr Jean-Marc Lemaitre, Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy (IRMB) - FR
  • Pr Marek Łos, Molecular Biophysics Center (CBM) / CNRS Orleans - FR 


Abstracts for oral presentation and poster should be submitted before Monday 30th of April 2018. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to

The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Friday 02nd of May 2018.
Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes. 

The European Journal of Pharmacology sponsors prizes for “The best poster in the category “Regenerative Pharmacology”, that include cash-prizes and letter of congratulation from the editor.
All conference attendants are invited to submit (individually, or in a groups)  a review, or original manuscript, to a special issue of The European Journal of Pharmacology, that will be loosely dedicated to (cancer) stem cells, and regenerative pharmacology.


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.


Conference Program 

Monday June 11th 2018

  • 12:30    Welcome lunch & registration
  • 14:00    Official Opening
  • 14:30    Dr Catherine Grillon & Pr Marek Łos - Scientific Opening
  • 14:45    Dr Claudine Kieda - Hypoxia and angiogenesis cooperation in the selection of cancer stem cells

Session 1.1: Stem cells, regenerative medicine and biomaterials

  • 15:30    Pr Gary Duffy - A Biomaterials Based Platform for Enhanced Islet and Beta-Cell Delivery
  • 16:15    Pr Valérie Coronas - Control of neural stem cell activities: from endogenous factors of the microenvironment to calcium signaling
  • 16:50    Coffee break
  • 17:20    Dr Jacek Kubiak - Mesenchymal Stem Cells in wound healing
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French : Pr Laurent Cherlonneix - Est-ce parce qu'elles sont immortelles que les cellules souches sont fascinantes ?
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail

Tuesday June 12th 2018

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee

Session 1.2: Stem cells and regenerative medicine

  • 09:00    Dr Jean-Marc Lemaitre - Exploring strategies for cell rejuvenation and to improve tissues regeneration
  • 09:45    Pr Magdalena Kucia - The developmental link between primordial germ cells and hematopoiesis
  • 10:20    Dr Emilia Wiecheć - The rate-limiting enzyme in carbohydrate metabolism, PFKFB3 – differential expression in iPS and cancer stem cells
  • 10:55    Coffee break

Session 2: Stem cell biology and cancer stem cells

  • 11:25    Dr Marie-Pierre Junier - Cancer stem cells and dynamics of tumor cell functional heterogeneity in malignant glioma
  • 12:10    Pr Clemens Schmitt - Cancer cells gain stemness capacity via passaging a senescent state
  • 12:45    Lunch
  • 14:15    Pr Zhenyu Ju - Telomere Dysfunction and DNA Damage Responses in Stem Cell Aging
  • 15:00    Dr Valérie Trichet - Reactive stroma/stem cells in osteosarcoma: Implications for bone reconstruction and plastic surgery in young patients
  • 15:35    Dr Halina Waś - Chemotherapeutics-treated cancer cells display stem-like and senescent cell features
  • 16:10    Posters session & Coffee break

Session 3.1: Interdisciplinary approach to regenerative medicine and cancer

  • 17:00    Dr Saeid Ghavami - Autophagy and Regulation of Cellular Phenotype
  • 17:45    Pr Ewa Zuba-Surma - Stem cell- derived extracellular vesicles as promising tool for tissue regeneration
  • 19:30    Social Dinner - Le Lift

    Wednesday June 13th 2018

    • 08:30    Welcome coffee

    Session 3.2: Interdisciplinary approach to regenerative medicine and cancer

    • 09:00    Dr Maciej Wiznerowicz - Machine Learning Identifies Stemness Features Associated with Oncogenic Dedifferentiation
    • 09:45    Dr Shiva Akbari-Birgani - Finding the best models for studying cancer treatment
    • 10:20    Pr Marek Łos - Regenerative medicine & Cancer (own data and reflection on conference topics)
    • 10:55    Coffee break
    • 11:25    Announcement of winners of poster competition
    • 11:30    3 presentations by laureates of poster competition
    • 12:00    Closing ceremony


    Private institutions250 EUR
    Public institutions180 EUR
    Students & PhD Scholars75 EUR
    Social dinner60 EUR


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