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24 August 2016

MEETING REVIEW: The stem cell niche finds its true north

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'Just like the orchestra, the multiple levels of regulation and components of the stem cell niche is an ensemble that needs to be regulated in order to balance stem cell self-renewal and differentiation.' The Company of Biologists Ltd | Development (2016).

Meeting review by Agnete Kirkeby, Thomas Perlmann and Carlos-Filipe Pereira, The Company of Biologists Ltd | Development (2016)

The third ‘Stem Cell Niche’ meeting, supported by The Novo Nordisk Foundation, was held this year on May 22-26 and brought together 185 selected participants from 24 different countries to Hillerød, Denmark. Diverse aspects of embryonic and adult stem cell biology were discussed, including their respective niches in ageing, disease
and regeneration. Many presentations focused on emerging technologies, including single-cell analysis, in vitro organogenesis and direct reprogramming. Here, we summarize the data presented at this exciting and highly enjoyable meeting, where speakers as well as kitchen chefs were applauded at every session.


This year, on May 22-26, the Novo Nordisk Foundation hosted its third Stem Cell Niche meeting at the beautiful Favrholm campus in Hillerød (Denmark) as part of the Copenhagen Bioscience Conference series. Once again, the organizers succeeded in
creating a unique experience involving top quality science, gourmet Nordic food, beautiful surroundings and an amazing sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. All of this contributed to creating an extremely pleasant atmosphere that stimulated constant
interaction, mingling and scientific networking between the speakers and meeting participants, including via social media. The scientific content of the meeting was organized by Anne Grapin-Botton, Joshua Brickman, Kristian Helin, Palle Serup
and Elisabetta Ferretti from the Danish Stem Cell Centre at the University of Copenhagen, and the programme covered almost all aspects of stem cell biology, from pluripotency, epigenetics and single-cell transcriptome analysis to directed differentiation, in vitro organogenesis and translational research. The thread that tied all these topics together was the very high quality of the science, and in this Meeting review, we summarize some of the work presented.

Click HERE to read the full review 

The Company of Biologists Ltd | Development (2016) 143, 2877-2881 doi:10.1242/dev.140095