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And on day one the clouds parted in Boston and the ISSCR conference began. Here’s a snapshot of what happened in the plenary sessions, the poster hall and elsewhere around the conference, as we saw it and through the eyes of bloggers and tweeps.

Daily blog roundup

A few years back, you would have been hard pressed to find more than one or two blog posts covering the ISSCR conference (and one of them was us!). Now there are many providing excellent coverage. We’ll try to sample as many as we can over the next few days. Here’s some from day one:

Even Nobel Prize winners sometimes feel like giving up. CIRM has two bloggers contributing over the course of the conference, with multiple posts planned each day. They also provided a summary of the public outreach event that took place on Tuesday night.

Even though he’s not actually in Boston, Paul Knoepfler has a candid summary of Jamie Thomson’s talk, courtesy of Jeanne Loring. And of course, there was our own conference intro by David Brindley.

The day according to twitter

It’s also fantastic to see an increase in twitter activity this year. Have a look at a selection of tweets, mostly from the session talks.


Unexpected highlight of the day

Hongwei Chen. Hongwei Chen. Hongwei Chen. Your words are music. And your poster (W-2331) was busy!

Poster of the day

Chosen each day (using a combination of four factors, of course):

Transplantation of pluripotent stem cell derived human neural precursor cells into the MHV model of multiple sclerosis leads to stable clinical recovery. Ronald Coleman et al. (poster W-2255) Coming out of the lab of Jeanne Loring from the Scripps Research Institute, this poster shows some promising research in which human neural precursor cells were used to successfully reverse MS – demonstrating remylenation and complete reversal of the disease in a mouse model. The result they are currently looking for is a shortlist of proteins that can be used for treatment in humans, rather than the cells themselves.


We’ll do this for each day of the conference, so if you’re blogging or have something interesting (or unusual) to share, post a comment or send us a tweet @stemcellnetwork


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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.