In the last years, a significant advance in the field of respiratory stem cell biology has occurred. The field has acquired deeper knowledge about the identity, regulation and functions of lung epithelial stem cells during development, homeostasis, regeneration and disease. Even novel lung epithelial progenitor cells that develop after injury and that are necessary intermediates during regeneration have been identified. 

Lung stem cell niches including supportive stromal cells as well as the extracellular matrix (compounds and biomechanics) where they are embedded in, are currently better defined. However, there is still little knowledge about the regulation of lung stem cell behaviour by the niche and further investigation is required. Understanding the interactions between lung stem cells and their niche as well as studying how changes in the local microenvironment affect stem cell behaviour, will contribute to comprehend the development of disease and to discover novel therapeutic approaches.

The discussions will include but not be limited to:

  • Airway and Alveolar Stem cells in lung health and disease
  • Novel epithelial progenitor cell populations
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in lung development, regeneration and disease
  • Embryonic lung stem cell niche in lung development
  • Stem cell niches in lung homeostasis and repair
  • Mechanical regulation of lung stem cells
Confirmed Keynote Speaker
  • Edward Morrisey (University of Pennsylvania)
Confirmed Invited Speakers
  • Brigitte Gomperts (University of California, Los Angeles)
    DYNAMIC Wnt SECRETING NICHES REGULATE PROXIMAL AIRWAY EPITHELIAL REGENERATION AND AGING

  • Joo Hyeon-Lee (University of Cambridge)
  • Carla Kim (Boston Children's Hospital)
    REGULATION OF LUNG PROGENITORS AND THEIR MICROENVIRONMENT

  • Parviz Minoo (University of Southern California and Children's Hospital)
    MESENCHYMAL CONTROL OF EPITHELIAL AND ENDOTHELIAL PROGENITORS DURING ALVEOLOGENESIS
  • Shahin Rafii (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • Jay Rajagopal (Massachusetts General Hospital)
    AIRWAYS, INJURIES, AND REGENERATION: NEW CELLS AND NEW BEHAVIORS

  • Emma Rawlins (University of Cambridge)
    EPITHELIAL - MESENCHYMAL INTERACTIONS CONTROLLING HUMAN LUNG DEVELOPMENT
  • Herbert Schiller (Helmholtz Zentrum München)
  • Barry Stripp (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
    DYNAMIC REGULATION OF EPITHELIAL PROGENITOR CELL FATE BY INNATE IMMUNE ACTIVATION

  • Xin Sun (University of California, San Diego)
    PULMONARY NEUROENDOCRINE CELLS IN LUNG FLUID CONTROL
  • Nan Tang (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
    ALVEOLAR REGENERATION, FORCE AND ENERGY
    Purushothama Rao Tata (Duke University School of Medicine)

Abstract Submission

Please send oral and poster abstract submissions via email to the Conference Manager, Jack. The oral and poster deadlines are noted above. We advise early submission to avoid disappointment due to limited slots. 

Grants

We have complimentary registrations available for postdocs and students. Please submit an abstract for poster consideration via email to Jack, along with a short message outlining why you would benefit from attending this conference. Applications must be submitted by 11th August 2021 for consideration.

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