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GENE EXPRESSION & CELL STATE REGULATION


Joint Stem Cell Symposium on
GENE EXPRESSION & CELL STATE REGULATION

The Danish Weizmann Society, the Weizmann Institute, the University of Copenhagen, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) have joined forces to create a symposium on Gene Expression and Cell State Regulation, a central theme in contemporary stem cell biology (February 26 – 29, 2020 at the University of Copenhagen). Recent work suggests that stem cells are not individual cell types, but dynamic cell states that cells in the body can enter or exit. Malfunctions in the capacity of a cell to control these transitions can lead to diseases such as cancer or congenital malformations in children. Manipulating these cell states in a dish, can lead to the generation of new cell types for regenerative medicine. However, getting the right cell type requires a deep understanding of the forces at play in driving cells in and out of these states. This symposium brings together scientists working with cutting edge technology focused on understanding these transitions and has the potential to forge new collaborative links that could harness new synergies that could lead to important innovations for the exploitation of stem cells and the underlying principles of diseased cell states.
The symposium both brings together leading researchers in Denmark and Israel working in stem cell biology and provides them with a unique opportunity for interaction, with aim of building new scientific links between the University of Copenhagen and the Weizmann Institute of Science. The meeting will be followed by series of interactive meetings on the following day aimed at establishing new collaborations between scientists at Copenhagen University and Weizmann Institute of Science.
The Danish Weizmann Society has long supported symposia on a range of scientific topics, particularly in physics and chemistry, and this is their first foray into the stem cell arena. To help with the organization they have received input from stem cell biologists from both institutions and exploited existing scientific links. As a result, it offers excellent opportunities to build on these links and establish stronger collaborations.
Support for this event has been provided by the Danish Weizmann Society, the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Novo Nordisk A/S, and the Israeli Embassy in DK.

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