Organoids: Advances and Applications (Virtual Conference)

28 - 30 September 2021
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 03 August 2021
  • Bursary deadline 17 August 2021
  • Registration deadline 21 September 2021

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  • Summary

    Organoid model systems, with their multiple organ-specific cell types and exhibiting some organ functions, have revolutionised biology.  The development of an increasing array of organoids continues to open up opportunities for their application across a wide range of fields.

    This new conference will share successes of organoids in studying development and tissue homeostasis, as well as in modelling infectious diseases, cancer and genomic diseases.  Immunological applications and cell-based therapies will be discussed, in addition to the latest technical advances and ways to address current limitations of organoids.

    By bringing together researchers working across organ systems with clinicians of different specialties, this online event aims to promote multidisciplinary approaches and explore parallels between various tissue models.  The conference will go beyond conventional uses of organoids to explore advances and new applications.

    Sessions will run online in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas, enabling researchers from across the globe to engage with the latest developments.

  • Programme

    The conference will run from Tuesday 28 September until Thursday 30 September 2021.  Sessions will start at 13:00 (BST) and finish at approximately 18:00 (BST) each day.  See the time where you are here.

    Topics will include:

    • Organoid biology and their relevance for development and homeostasis
    • Disease modelling with organoids
    • Immunological applications of organoids
    • Latest advances in organoid technologies
    • Organoids to model genomic diseases
    • Cancer and organoids
  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Madeline Lancaster

    Madeline Lancaster
    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

    Prisca Liberali

    Prisca Liberali
    FMI Basel, Switzerland

    Jason Spence

    Jason Spence
    University of Michigan

    Daniel Stange

    Daniel Stange
    Dresden University Hospital, Germany

    Ludovic Vallier

    Ludovic Vallier
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Confirmed speakers to date

    Jarno Drost – Princes Maxima Centrum, Netherlands
    Miki Ebisuya – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
    Meritxell Huch – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, Germany
    Vivian Li – Francis Crick Institute, UK
    Matthias Lutolf – EPFL/Lauzanne, Switzerland
    Guo-Li Ming – University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Hugo Snippert – UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
    Nicola Valeri – The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

    Conference organisers

    Amanda Fletcher – Conference & Events Organiser
    Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

  • Registration / Bursaries

    The virtual registration package includes: access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.  Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Friday before the event.

    Student £50
    Delegates from LMICs* £50
    Academic £100
    Commercial £150

    *To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).

    A number of registration bursaries are available from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    To apply for a bursary (free registration), please send:

    • a letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference
    • a short CV

    to the conference organiser by 17th Aug, 2021

    Priority will be given to students and scientists from under-resourced regions.

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

    Abstract deadline: 03 August 2021

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
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