Amin Adibi is a biomedical engineer and a health data analyst at the University of British Columbia. His areas of interest include cell manufacturing and bioprocess optimization, clinical translation of cellular therapies, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness modelling. Amin has an MSc degree from University of Calgary, where he focused on developing adjuvant MSC-based therapies for brain aneurysms. Follow him on twitter at @aminadibi
Summer is right around the corner and with it comes a host of exciting opportunities for attending regenerative medicine-related workshops. If you are enthusiastic about learning new concepts and techniques, practicing what you already know, and meeting fellow researchers, this is for you. Here is a list of my favourite upcoming workshops in the summer of 2017:
- U of T’s 2017 Microfluidics Professional Course
Toronto, ON. 15-17 May 2017
The 3-day microfluidics professional course is an annual workshop at the University of Toronto (U of T) that provides a primer into microfluidic device fabrication and BioMEMS research for those interested in the field. The workshop is split into lecture modules and hands-on lab modules. Lectures cover both basics and current research themes in microfluidics while lab modules mainly focus on device design and fabrication methods such as soft lithography, micro-milling and hot embossing. I have personally participated in this workshop in the past and got a lot out of it. The workshop is organized by Axel Gunther who is a fantastic teacher in addition to being an incredible researcher. It includes lectures from many prominent U of T faculty members including Milica Radisic, Edmond Young, and David Sinton, among others. The registration fee is between CAD $700 and $1650 and, at the time of writing, there were still a few spaces left if you want to register!
- “Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications”
Cambridge, MA. 17-21 July 2017
With more than 30,000 citations at the age of 41 and an active presence on social media, Ali Khademhosseini has gained a celebrity status among regenerative medicine researchers. For the 5th year in a row, the Khademhosseini lab is offering a 5-day workshop on the application of BioMEMS and microfluidic devices in regenerative medicine. Registration is now open, so hurry before all passes are gone! You can see the list of this year’s speakers here and the official workshop flyer here. Registration fees are between USD $300 to $700, depending on whether you are a student, an academic, or from industry.
- ISSCR Workshop on Clinical Translation:
Boston, MA. 13 June 2017
Another of my favourites! It has now become a tradition for The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to run an annual clinical translation workshop prior to its annual meeting. This year’s one day workshop focuses on how to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the FDA. The workshop is open to anyone interested in translating cellular therapies from bench to bedside regardless of career stage. Speakers are from the FDA, Harvard Medical School, Charles River Laboratories, and other industry partners. The registration fee is anywhere between USD $155 and $245, depending on the category.
- ISSCR Clinical Advances in Stem Cell Research (CASC)
Boston, MA. 13 June 2017
A new addition to ISSCR’s workshop series, Clinical Advances in Stem Cell Research is geared more towards clinicians and aims to provide an update on the latest advances in cellular therapies, as they apply to the clinic. Three specialized tracks focus on immuno-oncology, neurodegenerative diseases and ocular diseases, and the attendance fee is anywhere between USD $230 and $325.
- Business of Regenerative Medicine: Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (BRM2017)
Toronto, ON. 17-19 July 2017
If you are an entrepreneur at heart, this is for you! CCRM, Georgia Tech, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Case Western Reserve University are once again coming together to deliver a great program that covers the business side of regenerative medicine. This year’s 2.5-day workshop is co-hosted by CCRM and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and focuses on intellectual property, financing, regulatory issues, reimbursement, and stem cell manufacturing techniques. To make things more fun (and serious), there is also a Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank-type competition for entrepreneurs called Perfect Pitch. You’ll be able to witness what goes into making the “perfect pitch” to attract potential investors and seasoned entrepreneurs, and file away the key learnings for the day in the future when it’s your turn. Registration is open (be quick to reserve your spot!) and costs between CAD $450 and $1000.
What is your favourite stem cells-related workshop this summer? Are there good workshops that I’m missing? Leave me a comment below!