Stem Cells Symposium


16 & 17 MAY 2013

Melbourne Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville


The Bio21 Cluster and Stem Cells Australia present a two-day symposium on the achievements and challenges
of translating stem cell science into clinical practice.

A public forum on the status of stem cell therapy for diabetes is included in the program on the evening of 16 May.

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  • Professor Allan Robins Vice President, Viacyte Inc, USA
  • Professor Chris Mason Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, University College London, UK
  • Professor Paul Simmons Mesoblast Ltd, Melbourne, VIC
  • Professor Bob Graham Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, NSW & University of New South Wales

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  • Stem cell therapy for diabetes, cardiac repair, vision loss & other conditions
  • Mesenchymal stem cells & status of clinical trials
  • Haematopoietic stem cells & cord blood banking
  • Pluripotent stem cells & reprogramming
  • Uses of stem cells in drug discovery
  • Manufacturing, regulatory and funding considerations
  • Panel discussions:
    • Providing stem cell therapies outside clinical trials – medical innovation or premature translation?
    • Future of pluripotency in an age of iPS cells
  • FREE Public Forum on the evening of 16 May: ‘Diabetes & Stem Cells: Hope, Hype & Progress’ Sponsored by the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia with the assistance of the JDRF


  • Prof Andrew Elefanty – Monash University & Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Dr Ngaire Elwood – BMDI Cord Blood Bank
  • Dr Andrew Laslett – CSIRO Molecular Health Technologies
  • Dr Alice Pébay – Centre for Eye Research Australia & University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lincon Stamp – University of Melbourne
  • Prof Ed Stanley – Monash University & Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Dr Marian Sturm – Royal Perth Hospital
  • Dr Dominic Wall – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Prof John Rasko – Centenary Institute and University of Sydney
  • Prof Martin Pera – University of Melbourne, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, WEHI
  • Dr David Elliott – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Dr Jose Polo – Monash University
  • Prof Colin Pouton – Monash University
  • Dr Rebecca Lim – Monash University
  • Mr Glenn Smith – Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Assoc Prof Mark Kirkland – Cell Care
  • Assoc Prof Maria Craig – University of Sydney
  • Dr Tobias Merson – Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
  • Dr Kirsten Herbert – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Ms Brigitte Smith – GBS Ventures
  • Dr Mark Young - Qsports Medicine and Mater Medical Research Institute


2 Day Full registration $180.00 (inc. GST)
2 Day Student registration $90.00 (inc. GST)

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1 Day Registration Available – Contact the Bio21 Cluster for more information

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Symposium Partners:


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Symposium Sponsors:


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Symposium Supporters:

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