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Tissue Plasticity:
Preservation and Alteration of Cellular Identity

October 5-7, 2020 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC*
*Program is in development and subject to change

Cellular plasticity, the ability to acquire new identities or adopt alternative fates, occurs in normal physiology and disease states. Researchers are just beginning to understand how plasticity contributes to homeostasis and regeneration in the setting of tissue injury. Alterations in cell fate can be harnessed to treat disease, but uncontrolled plasticity can destabilize cell commitment and contribute toward neoplasia. The cellular and molecular underpinnings of cellular plasticity provide insights into disease processes and enable new therapies. This virtual conference will explore the diverse mechanisms that underlie plasticity in different tissues and contexts. By bringing together leading scientists in stem cell, developmental, regenerative, and cancer biology through digital technologies, this interdisciplinary program will highlight common principles and unique features of cellular plasticity in different tissues and examine the therapeutic potential of this process. The conference represents a unique opportunity for researchers in diverse fields to visit evolving concepts in cellular plasticity and the molecular mechanisms and physiological consequences of altered adult cell identity in vivo. While the topic has been included marginally at other conferences (i.e., conferences on stem cell biology, regeneration, epigenetics, and cancer) only this Keystone Symposia conference, first held in 2019, has focused on cellular plasticity across mammalian tissues. This virtual conference will assemble speakers from diverse disciplines and organ systems to identify cross-cutting themes and provide a forum for investigators to explore common underlying mechanistic principles and therapeutic potential.

Program is intended for scientific researchers and clinical audiences.

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Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Elena Ezhkova

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Valerie Horsley

Yale University, USA

Stacey S. Huppert

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA

Leanne Jones

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Shingo Kajimura

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Ophir Klein

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Juanita L. Merchant

University of Arizona College of Medicine, USA

Jason C. Mills

Washington University, USA

Edward E. Morrisey

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Indira U. Mysorekar

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Shruti Naik

New York University, USA

Angela Nieto

Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, CSIC-UMH, Spain

Benjamin Ohlstein

Columbia University Medical Center, USA

Emmanuelle Passegué

Columbia University, USA

Tatjana Sauka-Spengler

University of Oxford, UK

Ramesh A. Shivdasani

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA

Ben Z. Stanger

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Xin Sun

University of California, San Diego, USA

Valerie M. Weaver

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Yingzi Yang

Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA

Magdalena D. Zernicka-Goetz

Caltech and University of Cambridge, UK

Aaron M. Zorn

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

The views expressed in this eSymposia are those of the participants and not necessarily of the participants’ organizations or of Keystone Symposia.

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