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These are the biographies of some of our accepted speakers.  Not all our speakers are listed here


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Johanna Buschmann, University Hospital Zurich, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, Switzerland

Johanna Buschmann studied chemistry from 1988-1992 at ETH Zurich. In 1998, she got her PhD also from ETH Zurich. After several post-doc projects, she got head of research laboratories at University Hospital Zurich in 2008. Since then, she has her main focus on developing implant materials and study the cell-material interactions.


Karen Coopman, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Dr. Karen Coopman is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering at Loughborough University. Based at the Centre for Biological Engineering, her research team focus on the manufacture of cell-based therapies, tackling issues from scale-up through to cryopreservation. She is also the Director of the Loughborough led EPSRC/MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine and a member of the BBSRC led Bioprocessing Research Industry Club Steering Group.


Martin Guimond, University of Montreal, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal QC, Canada

Martin Guimond is an assistant professor at the University of Montreal. He received his PhD from the University of Montreal on stem cell transplantion and graft-versus-host disease. Since summer 2009, Dr. Guimond has directed an independent research program working on the biology of T cell depletion and the physiopathology of graft-versus-host disease.


Daniel Peterson, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, United States


Hala Gali-Muhtasib, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Aurore Saudemont, Anthony Nolan, London, United Kingdom

Dr Saudemont has more than 15 years experience in immunotherapy. During her PhD in France and her first postdoctoral position in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre Aurore focused on different immunotherapeutic approaches to leukemia. She then moved to Cambridge University and worked on strategies to modulate the immune response after transplantation in patients with leukaemia. She finally became senior research scientist at the Anthony Nolan in 2009 where she is responsible of the immunotherapy group, which aims to optimise the use of umbilical cord blood to generate cell products to fight complications post-transplant.


Invited speakers

Ahmed Abdel-Latif, University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States


Helena Barreto Henriksson, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

Helena Barreto Henriksson has been active in the regenerative medicine research field for 10 years with her main focus on molecular regenerative features of cartilage. Currently, Helena is working as a researcher at the Dept. of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University hospital/Gothenburg University, Sweden in the translational medicine field; “from preclinical to new clinical approaches” e.g. stem cell therapy for degenerated intervertebral discs as well as studying local tissue specific stem cell populations in the disc. Helena Barreto Henriksson finished her PhD studies (Medical Science) at Gothenburg University, 2010 with the thesis “Intervertebral disc regeneration, Studies on stem cell niches and cell transplantation”, (http://hdl.handle.net/2077/22925).


Reinhard Henschler, Blood Center Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


John Maher, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Allergy and Immunology Service, London, United Kingdom

Dr John Maher is a clinical immunologist and immunopathologist who leads the “CAR Mechanics” research group within King’s College London. His research group is focused on the development of adoptive immunotherapy for cancer and other pathologies using CAR engineered and gamma delta T-cells. He is also a consultant immunologist within King’s Health Partners and Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Trust.


Kirsten McEwen, Imperial College London, London, UK


Philip M. Murphy, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, United States

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on G protein-coupled receptors of the immune system in health and disease.  His laboratory discovered many leukocyte chemotactic receptor family members including the HIV coreceptor CCR5 and has recently developed a clinical program to study patients with WHIM syndrome, a rare immunodeficiency disorder and the only Mendelian condition in man caused by mutations in the chemokine system.


Francesco Petrella, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Milano, Italy

Dr. Petrella is a general thoracic surgeon presently working as Deputy Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy.

His main field of interest related to the regenerative medicine is the autologous and eterologous experimental and clinical mesenchymal stromal cell bronchoscopic transplantation for airway tissue defects following lung resection; moreover he is involved in MSC drug loading , in particular for neoplastic pulmonary and pleural diseases.


Glenn D. Prestwich, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States

Glenn D. Prestwich is Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Utah. He created and directs the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars program at Utah, and Chairs the Internal Commercialization Coordination Council.  He is the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Professor at Washington State University. His research encompasses drug discovery in cell signaling, synthetic matrices for regenerative medicine, and glycosaminoglycan derivatives as anti-inflammatory agents. He co-founded nine companies, including Echelon Biosciences, Glycosan BioSystems, Sentrx Animal Care, GlycoMira Therapeutics, Metallosensors, and Deuteria Agrochemicals.


Daniela S. Krause, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Frankfurt, Germany

Prof. Dr. Daniela S. Krause graduated from the Free University Berlin, Germany, and did her internship in haematology/oncology at the Charité in Berlin (Humboldt University). She performed her postdoctoral work on cellular therapies of leukaemia in the laboratory of Prof. Richard Van Etten at Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed her residency in clinical pathology and her specialist training in transfusion medicine before working as a clinician scientist in the laboratory of Prof. David Scadden at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University. In July 2014 Dr. Krause established her own research group at the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt.


Federico Simonetta, Geneva University Hospitals, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

After obtaining his MD from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2006, Federico Simonetta trained as an immunologist in Paris, France, where he obtained a Master of Science from the Pasteur Institute/Paris Diderot University in 2007 and a PhD from Paris Sud University in 2011. After a residency in internal medicine, he is currently a clinical fellow at the Division of Hematology at the Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland. In his research activity, he investigates mechanisms regulating immune-reconstitution during lymphopenia and currently focuses on quantitative and qualitative abnormalities of effector immune cells after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Oliver Pullig, Fraunhofer-Institute Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, IGB, Wuerzburg, Germany


Gigi Chiu Ngar Chee, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Arnold Ganser, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany


Pascale V Guillot, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Pascale V Guillot is a pluripotent stem cell biologist whose group at the UCL Institute for Women’s Health is focused on understanding the biology and therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iMSC), in particular amniocytes,  in models of inflammatory pathologies. After having established that fetal stem cells can be used as countermeasure to bone brittleness in a mouse model of osteogenesis imperfecta, her group is now studying the mechanisms underlying bone protection.


Yiling Hong, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, United States


Klaus Kühlcke, EUFETS GmbH, Idar-Oberstein, Germany


Jo-Anna Reems, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, United States


Sohel Talib, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Oakland, United States


Houria Bachtarzi, King’s College London, London, UK

Dr Houria Bachtarzi is a Regulatory Affairs Specialist Consultant and Project Manager in Advanced Biological Therapeutics at ERA Consulting (UK) Ltd. in London. Houria is also a Registered Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council, UK. She was previously a Lecturer in Biopharmaceutics and Biotechnology at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton. Houria completed her PhD in cancer gene therapy/viral gene delivery at the University of Oxford, Department of Oncology, followed by Post-Doctoral research work in AAV-based gene therapy at the Centre for Biomedical Sciences, Royal Holloway-University of London. Houria has a strong experience working in the field of novel biological therapies including: gene therapy for cancer and degenerative disorders.


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Maha Azzam, Urology and Nephrology center, Mansoura Egypt

Maha Azzam works as veterinarian in Stem cell research center at Urology and Nephrology center, Mansoura University, Egypt. She received her Bachelor in veterinary medicine from university of Mansoura at Egypt in 2012, having diploma of clinical biochemistry and continuing her master degree in physiology at Mansoura university.

Her responsibilities in work include:

-Cell culture (expansion &  differentiation of MSCs cells )
-Isolation of MSCs from Bone Marrow and Adipose tissue.
-Different application of stem cells in dogs, mice, rat.
-Anaesthia of dogs.



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