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Patrizia Bossolasco, PhD
Fondazione Matarelli, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Researcher at the Fondazione Matarelli, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano.
The principal field of interest has been the study of hematopoietic stem cells, and in particular their possible use for cell therapy purposes in neurodegenerative diseases.
In the last years, mainly she explored the neural differentiation capacities of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells.

Benedetta Bussolati, MD
Department of Internal Medicine and Center for Molecular Biotechnology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Associate Professor of Nephrology at the University of Torino. Her main research interests are: i) the role of different sources of stem cells in renal tissue regeneration; ii) the properties and the mechanisms of plasticity of progenitor cells in normal tissue, polycystic kidney disease and renal carcinomas; iii) the paracrine effect of stem cells and the role of stem cell released factors such as exosomes on tissue regeneration.

Giorgio Terenghi, PhD

Blond McIndoe Research Laboratories, School of Medicine, University of Manchester, UK

Professor of Tissue Engineering, Head of Nerve Regeneration Research and Director of the UK Centre for Tissue Regeneration at The University of Manchester, UK.
The main focus of the research is tissue engineering of nerve regeneration, developing an artificial nerve made from a biodegradable synthetic polymer, with the addition of cultured Schwann cells or adult stem cells.

Massimiliano Gnecchi
Department of Cardiology, University of Pavia, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy

After completing his training in Cardiology at the University of Pavia in Italy, Dr. Gnecchi moved to USA where he worked for four years. First, he was at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), then at the Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC). During those years, he pioneered the "paracrine hypothesis" to explain how adult stem cells repair infarcted hearts. Since 2006, Dr. Gnecchi works as Assistant Professor at the University of Pavia. Dr. Gnecchi is also consultant in Cardiology and Head of the "Laboratory of Experimental Cardiology for Cell and Molecular Therapy" at the San Matteo Hospital. In the last years, Dr. Gnecchi has won several prestigious national and international research awards. His current research interests are mainly three: stem cell paracrine mechanisms, adult stem cell differentiation and diagnostic platforms based on patient specific iPS-derived cardiomyocytes.

Donald Phinney, PhD
Department of Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Florida, USA

He received his B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Vermont, a PhD in biochemistry from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and then served as an American Cancer Society Fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center where he studied transcriptional regulation of the proto-oncogene junB. Dr. Phinney then spent nine years at Tulane University advancing to the rank of Professor of Immunology and Microbiology and Associate Director of Research at the Center for Gene Therapy. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida where he studies self-renewal and lineage specification of MSCs and exploits their anti-inflammatory properties to treat chronic inflammatory disease. Dr. Phinney is an NIH funded investigator, serves on the editorial board of several stem cell journals, and was Co-Editor of the journal Stem Cells from 2007 to 2009.

Ulrich Martin, PhD
Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation, and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Ulrich Martin is head of the Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs since 2007 and Deputy Coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence 'REBIRTH-From Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy' since 2006. In March 2008 he accepted the call as Professor for 'Cardiorespiratory Tissue Engineering' from Hannover Medical School.

Before he held an appointment as Professor for 'Experimental Lung Transplantation' at the Hannover Medical School from 2005 to 2008. Since 2004 he was coordinator of the Clinical Research Unit 'Lung transplantation' promoted by the German Research Foundation. Ulrich Martin studied biology at the University of Hanover from 1988 to 1994.
He completed his studies with a diploma thesis at the Institute for Medical Microbiology at the Hannover Medical School in 1994, where he also graduated from 1994 to 1997. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Hanover in 1997.

Wolfgang Wagner, MD, PhD
Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Cell Biology, Aachen University, Germany

Group leader supported by the Stem Cell Network NRW at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering - Cell Biology, RWTH Aachen
Main Research Areas:

  • Molecular characterization of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC)
  • Standardization and characterization of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC)
  • Interaction of HSC and MSC
  • Molecular effects of aging and cellular senescence

Karin Tarte
INSERM U917, Rennes, France

Head director of Inserm U917 (Microenvironment and Cancer)
Professor in Immunology at the Faculty of Medecine of Rennes
Head of the Immunology and Cell Therapy Lab (ITeCH) at Rennes University Hospital
1999 PhD in Immunology, Montpellier, France
2001 Doctorate in Pharmacy, Montpellier, France
2005 Accreditation to supervise research (HDR), Rennes, France
1995-2001 Intern in Biology at Montpellier University Hospital (Interne des hopitaux)
2001-2003 Senior Researcher (ChargÚ de recherche 2Ŕme classe, INSERM U475, Montpellier)
2003-2006 Assistant Professor in Immunology (MCU-PH, University Hospital of Rennes)
Member of the Inserm Scientific Commission 5 (CSS5) since 2008
Expert at the French Drug Agency (AFSSaPS), at the national Agency for Research Evaluation (AERES), for the Clinical Research Agencies (DRC)...
Immunology, cellular therapy, hemato-oncology

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