From Fetomaternal Tolerance to Immunomodulatory Properties of Placenta-Derived Cells in Cell Therapy
Sala Congressi
Fondazione Poliambulanza – Istituto Ospedaliero Via Bissolati, 57 25124 Brescia, Italy
Brescia, Italy


   EMBO 2010 Courses & Workshops


   IT-Brescia | 3 – 6 October

   From fetomaternal tolerance to immunomodulatory properties of
   placenta-derived cells in cell therapy

   For a complete 2010 listing (over 80 EMBO events), please go to:

   Bi-annual deadlines for organizers to apply for EMBO funding: 1
   February / 1 August

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Schedule of Presentations:

Sunday, October 3, 2010
10:00:00 Registration
12:00:00 Panini & Pizza
14:30:00 Meet the experts
16:30:00 Coffee Break
17:00:00 Opening and welcome remarks of the meeting chair and IPLASS President Ornella Parolini
17:30:00 Opening keynote lecture: Fetal Cells in the Adult Female Following Pregnancy: An Under-appreciated Source of Progenitor Cells Diana Bianchi
19:30:00 Welcome cocktail with cheese and wine.
Monday, October 4, 2010
08:55:00 SESSION I: Immunology of transplantation Alexander G. Betz, Andrew L. Mellor
09:00:00 Translating transplantation tolerance in the clinic: where are we, where do we go? Kathryn Wood
09:45:00 Immunomodulation by mesenchymal stem cells and clinical experience Cecilia Götherström
10:30:00 Coffee Break
11:00:00 Selected oral presentation
11:20:00 Selected oral presentation
11:40:00 Selected oral presentation
12:00:00 Selected oral presentation
12:30:00 Lunch at Poster Session venue
13:30:00 Coffee with Poster Session and Stand Displays by Sponsor Companies involved in banking and cell therapy.
15:00:00 Return to Conference venue
15:05:00 SESSION II: Natural/physiological mechanisms to escape graft rejection: fetomaternal tolerance Kathryn Wood, Cecilia Götherström
15:30:00 Molecular mechanisms of immune tolerance Alexander G. Betz
16:15:00 Indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase: A pivotal counter-regulatory switch at sites of inflammation Andrew L. Mellor
17:00:00 Coffee Break
17:20:00 Selected oral presentation
17:40:00 Selected oral presentation
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
08:55:00 SESSION III: Stem cell biology and immunological characteristics of cells from different placental regions Garry Redlich, Stephen Strom
09:00:00 i) Structure of Placenta – Generalities Ornella Parolini
09:00:00 ii) Immunomodulatory properties of amniotic membrane-derived cells: in vitro and in vivo studies Ornella Parolini
09:45:00 Properties of Wharton's Jelly-derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Immune modulation Mark L. Weiss
10:30:00 Obstetrical cell sources for prospective tissue engineering and cell therapy Steffen M. Zeisberger
11:00:00 Coffee break
11:30:00 Suitability of amniotic membrane and cells thereof for tissue regeneration approaches Cesar V. Borlongan, Ursula Manuelpillai, Susanne Wolbank
12:00:00 Placenta derived Mesenchymal like stromal cells- not all cells were created equal Racheli Ofir
12:30:00 Lessons from fetomaternal tolerance as a paradigm for development of cell therapies Sicco Scherjon
13:00:00 Lunch with Poster session and Stand Displays by Sponsor Companies involved in banking and cell therapy
15:30:00 Afternoon social programme
20:00:00 networking dinner
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
08:55:00 SESSION IV: Cell therapy approaches: differentiation versus paracrine effects Mark L. Weiss, Daniel Surbek
09:00:00 Amnion-derived cells to treat liver disease Stephen Strom
09:30:00 Human Amnion Epithelial Cells: A Cellular Therapy for Inflammatory Diseases? Ursula Manuelpillai
10:00:00 Human Prenatal Stem Cells for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering" Simon P. Hoerstrup
10:30:00 Physiological comparison of autologous and allogeneic cell implantation in the central nervous system: defining and regulating immune cell activity against mesenchymal and neural stem cell grafts. Peter Ponsaerts
11:00:00 Coffee break
11:30:00 Amniotic membrane-derived stem cells and pancreatic islet-cell differentiation Francesco Alviano
12:00:00 Amnion derived cells for cell therapy in stroke Cesar V. Borlongan
12:30:00 Lunch with panini and pizza.
14:00:00 Selected oral Presentation
14:20:00 Selected oral Presentation
14:40:00 Selected oral Presentation
15:00:00 Selected oral Presentation
15:20:00 Selected oral Presentation
15:40:00 Selected oral Presentation
16:00:00 Coffee break and Round Table: Discussion
18:00:00 Closing address and farewell drinks, with prizes for best oral presentation and poster to be presented by representatives of the awarding Company or Institution.
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