Some 200 people, largely university students, researchers and medical specialists, attended the Forum titled “Stem cell therapy: hype or hope?” held at the Auditorium of Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, on Saturday March 29, 2014. Organised by the Fondazione IBSA for Scientific Research, the forum provided a major opportunity for discussing where stem cell science stands today and its true potential going forward.
Made possible thanks to the Foundation’s support, the meeting featured an intense scientific program with presentations made by high-calibre speakers who shared the key findings of their research. Speakers included Paolo Bianco (Director, Stem Cell Research, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy), Pierre Gonczy (Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Lausanne, Switzerland), Shahragim Tajbakhsh (Director, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Department, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France), Vania Broccoli (Head of the Stem Cells Research Unit, Neuroscience Division, San Raffaele Institute, Milan, Italy), Thomas Rando (Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA) and Austin Smith (Director, Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge University, UK).
These world-class experts are driven by a common aspiration to be able to regenerate any damaged body parts and are fully aware that to develop and deliver effective therapies it is essential to get a full understanding of their benefits, limitations and risks.
- Vania Broccoli, Neuroscience Division, San Raffaele Institute, Milan, Italy
- Giulio Cossu, Department of Cell Developmental Biology, University College, London, UK
- Shahragim Tajbakhsh, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Department, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
- Andres Bjorklund, Wallemberg Neurosciences Center, Division of Neurobiology, Lund University, Sweden
- Paolo Bianco, Director Stem Cell Research, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
- Thomas Rando, Director Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Ageing, Stanford University, USA
- Pierre Gonczy, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Losanna, Switzerland
- Antonio Musarò, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy