Right Turn: WSCS has something for everyone, under the Florida sun

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/09/16

Have you been to the World Stem Cell Summit before? This meeting bills itself as the “original, translation-focused global meeting of stakeholders” that brings together leading scientists and clinicians, investors, customers, legal experts, funders, regulators and patients in the regenerative medicine field. And it’s all true. It’s a four-day cornucopia featuring 90 hours of programming (many of the talks are concurrent) and 200 speakers covering eight different tracks: cell manufacturing; discovery; translation and clinical trials; regenerative medicine in the clinic; equine regenerative medicine (new this year); ethics, law, regulation and society; hot topics and future trends; and, the RegMed capital conference. Literally something for everyone.

CCRM has been supporting the conference for years, but this was my first time going. Some of my personal highlights include listening to respected leaders in the field, such as Jeanne Loring of the Scripps Research Institute, hearing talks from people I’ve written about, such as Abba Zubair and Jakub Tolar, learning new things about the stem cell field, hearing the patient perspective (although certainly not for the first time), making new acquaintances, swapping Toronto for Florida in December, and being grateful to live in a pedestrian-friendly city where you don’t fall asleep waiting for the pedestrian walk signal. And did I mention that I represented CCRM (on stage) during the opening welcome?

Through the wonders of social media, you can experience much of the conference without attending. Read tweets here and watch live streaming here. In addition to this one, see what bloggers are saying about the conference. CIRM’s The Stem Cellar has already posted this blog about how the FDA regulates stem cells. And here are some random photographs to make you feel like you were there.

Palm trees are very Florida

Palm trees are very Florida

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The view from the convention centre

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Bernie Siegel opens the conference Dec. 6 in the evening, after Patient Day ends

Sneaking a photo from on stage Dec. 7, after making the welcome from CCRM

Sneaking a photo from on stage Dec. 7, after making the welcome from CCRM

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

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Stem Cell Action Awards Reception, before the dinner

Stem Cell Action Awards Reception, before the dinner

The talented Adam Lasher

The talented Adam Lasher

Wonderful STEAM exhibit by local elementary school children

Wonderful STEAM exhibit by local elementary school children

More from the STEAM exhibit (STEM plus A for Art)

More from the STEAM exhibit (STEM plus A for Art)

Under the microscope and the kids' efforts

Under the microscope and the kids’ efforts

Peter H.U. Lee on stem cells in space (but really featured because he's a fellow Canadian!)

Peter H.U. Lee on stem cells in space (but really featured because he’s a fellow Canadian!)

"...glass brain video. I couldn't breathe, it was fantabulous! [...] a party is almost always inside me! The 3D printer was also supertastic!" Love this kid.

“…glass brain video. I couldn’t breathe, it was fantabulous! […] a party is almost always inside me! The 3D printer was also supertastic!” Love this kid.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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