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Past Meetings and Conferences

Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposia

OVERVIEW: This Symposium is coordinated by the Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the BTC Institute. It brought together leading researchers investigating human biology and disease with engineered human cells, organoids and tissues.

April 17, 2019: Stem Cells: Immune Tolerance and Immunotherapy 

April 18, 2018: 20 Years of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: Current Clinical Trials and Regulatory Framework(View photos here.)

April 19, 2017: Engineering Cells and Tissues for Discovery and Therapy (View photos here.)

April 13, 2016: Stem Cells in the 4th Dimension: Mechanisms of Stem Cell Aging and Maturation (View photos here.)

April 22, 2015: Engineering Limb Regeneration: Recapitulating Normal Development and Regeneration (View photos here.)

April 30, 2014: From Stem Cells to Blood (View photos here.)

April 10, 2013: Cell-Based Therapy for Heart & Vascular Disease: Pathways to Clinic (View photos here.)

April 11, 2012: Neural Stem Cells: Generation & Regeneration

April 27, 2011: Reprogramming and Controlling Stem Cell Phenotype (View photos here.)

April 21, 2010: The Road to Stem Cell Applications

April 15, 2009: Cancer, Stem Cells & Cancer Stem Cells

April 16, 2008: Conserved Mechanisms of Stem Cell Control and Regeneration

April 18, 2007: Heart & Blood

April 19, 2006: Neural Stem Cells


Regenerative Medicine Innovator of Year

May 7, 2018: (View photos here.)

May 2, 2017: (View photos here.)

Faculty and Staff Retreats

Sept. 29, 2010; (View photos here.)

Sept. 17, 2009: (View photos here.)

SCRMC Fall Conference

OVERVIEW: This Conference is organized by the trainees of the SCRMC . The SCRMC Research Training Awards were established in 2008 to recognize and provide support for promising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting stem cell and regenerative medicine research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The SCRMC Research Training Awards Program provides unique, interdisciplinary training for future leaders in stem cell and regenerative medicine research. Starting in 2011, the SCRMC asked the recipients of this award to organize this meeting aimed at postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, primarily.

Sept. 21, 2018: Keynote Speakers: Marius Wernig, Stanford, and Igor Slukvin, UW-Madison Pathology & Laboratory Sciences  (View photos here.)

Sept. 15, 2017: Keynote Speakers: Ömer H. Yilmaz, MIT, and Kristyn Masters, UW-Madison Biomedical Engineering (View photos here.)

Sept. 30, 2016: Keynote Speakers: David Schaffer, UC-Berkeley and Peiman Hematti, UW Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. (View photos here.)

Sept. 25, 2015: Keynote Speakers: Amy Wagers, Harvard University and Karen Downs, UW Department of Cell & Regenerative Biology.  (View photos here.)

Sept. 12, 2014: Keynote Speakers: Kevin Eggan, Harvard University and Randolph Ashton UW Department of Biomedical Engineering. (View photos here.)

Sept. 13, 2013: Keynote Speakers: Thomas Zwaka,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rupa Sridharan UW Department Cell & Regenerative Biology. (View photos here.)

Sept. 21, 2012: Keynote Speakers: Deepak Srivastava of UC-San Francisco and  David Gamm, UW Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. (View photos here.)

Sept. 16, 2011: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Chien, (Harvard Stem Cell Institute.  (View photos here.)

National & International Meeting Participation

Regenerative Medicine Workshop

This annual workshop sells out each year at approximately 200 participants, and has a variety of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities with customized packages available. The intimate environment allows for a high level of access to all presenters and ample discussion time with attending faculty, trainees, industry participants and exhibitors. The program, which spans four days, has approximately 40 podium presentations and includes a poster session, debate/panel discussion and conference dinner event.
The organizing partners are the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM) research center,  the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the SCRMC. The SCRMC has been an organizing partner for this meeting since 2014.

World Stem Cell Summit

The World Stem Cell Summit is a project of the nonprofit Regenerative Medicine Foundation. Since 2003, Regenerative Medicine Foundation has built the strongest, most comprehensive and trusted global network for Regenerative Medicine, uniting the world’s leading researchers, medical centers, universities, labs, businesses, funders, policymakers, experts in law, regulation and ethics, medical philanthropies and patient organizations.

In 2008, Summit was held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and co-hosted by the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC) and the WiCell Research Institute.

2008 World Summit Archives

News Articles about the Summit:

World  Stem Cell Summit Comes to Madison (UW Communications)

World Stem Cell Summit will reveal depth of Wisconsin’s R&D effort (

’08 Stem Cell Summit an Eventful Case Study (

World Stem Cell Summit coming to Madison (