Regenerative Medicine Cluster Initiative in BC


Modeling Cell-Cell Interactions Governing Tissue Repair and Disease @ Waterville Valley
Aug 19 – Aug 24 all day

The Tissue Niches and Resident Stem Cells in Adult Epithelia GRC will include work from the epidermis and its appendages, intestine, lung, mammary gland, cornea and retina, epithelial transition zones, oral and craniofacial complex, and other emerging epithelial tissues, in all model organisms. The mechanisms by which adult epithelia are maintained by interactions between diverse cell types continues throughout life, begins to decline in aged tissues, and may be altered in disease states. Epithelial progenitor cells interact with stromal cells, endothelial cells, neighboring epithelia, the extracellular matrix, and others. New developments can increase an understanding of the details of these interactions by cell culture and in vivo modeling. The 2018 conference agenda is organized so that each session focuses on a topic in niche biology rather than on the tissue of interest; this design increases opportunities for scientists working on different tissues to interact and inform each others’ research. Topics include immune cell interactions, epigenetic regulation, disease modeling, engineering niches, and aging among others. An associated GRS will take place in the 2 days prior to this GRC. The GRS is designed to provide a venue for postdoctoral trainees and graduate students to openly present their research to their peers, to learn how to productively communicate research ideas, and to promote a dynamic and interactive scientific community. The topics for the GRS sessions will focus on key challenges in stem cell biology and how newly developed technologies are contributing to this dynamic field.

Short Talk Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for one of the open short talk presentation slots should submit their application by May 18, 2018.

D.R.I.N.K.S. @ Mahony and Sons
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The D.R.I.N.K.S. (Discussions Relevant to Inspiring New Knowledge and Science) social is held monthly at Mahoneys on Stamps Landing (Old Monk Mcqueens on False Creek at 601 Stamps Landing –

The purpose (if you need an excuse to stay a little later!) is to bring together faculty, clinicians, scientists, residents, trainees, staff, entrepreneurs, bio/pharm staff/execs/veterans, lawyers, VCs, and others with common interests in biomedical/translational research & discovery/commercialization once a month to casually interact and meet new people over a beverage of their choice and/or appie. It’s also becoming a great way for people that have just moved to, or even just visiting Vancouver to meet others in research/biomedical field/industry.

2018 TERMIS World Congress @ Kyoto International Conference Center
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all day

2018 TERMIS World Congress

The premier event for the dissemination of cutting edge research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The conference is the official World Congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, Inc. (TERMIS), whose purpose is the worldwide advancement of both the science and technology of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

The 5th World Congress will be held from September 4 to 7, 2018 at the Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan. The theme for the 2018 TERMIS World Congress is “Integration of Industry, Government, and Academia for Regenerative Medicine,” reflecting the importance of strong cooperation of Industry-Government-Academia to realize tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. To this end, the 2018 scientific program will focus on the innovative technologies, legal regulation, and commercialization focused in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Read more about the conference here

6th Cambridge International Stem Cell Symposium @ University of Cambridge
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm

The 6th Cambridge International Stem Cell Symposium will bring together biological, clinical and physical stem cell scientists, working across multiple tissues and at different scales, to share data, discuss ideas and address the biggest fundamental and translational questions in stem cell biology.


The 2018 Symposium will mark the opening of our new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and will celebrate the great advances being made in stem cell biology in Cambridge, the UK and around the world.


With talks from

Cedric Blanpain (Universite Libre de Bruxelles); Elena Cattaneo (University of Milan); Frederic de Sauvage (Genentech Inc); Stuart Forbes (University of Edinburgh); Allon Klein(Harvard University); Cristina Lo Celso (Imperial College London); Hiromitsu Nakauchi (Stanford University); Malin Parmar (Lund University); Emmanuelle Passegue  (Columbia Stem Cell Initiative); Duanqing Pei (Guangzhou Institute); Thomas Rando (Stanford University); Peter Reddien (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Bill Richardson (Wolfson Institute); David Scadden (Harvard University); Dirk Schuebeler (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research); Kate Storey (University of Dundee); Masayo Takahashi(RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology); Adrian Thrasher (University College London); Andreas Trumpp (HI-STEM); Fiona Watt (King’s College London) and Leonard Zon(Harvard University).


Why attend?

  • Excellent scientific programme spanning fundamental to translational research
  • Cross-disciplinary panel debate
  • Scientific posters and poster competition
  • Engaging trade stands
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • Gala dinner at prestigious Trinity College
The Victoria Health Hackathon – Call for Challenges! @ Fort Tectoria, Victoria, BC
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 am

Victoria Health Care Hackathon

The first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon will take place in Victoria September 28-30, 2018. Health Hackathons are focused events that bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health.

Call for Challenges: The Hackathon’s organizers are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can be addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering.

Register: Registration for the Hackathon will open in July

Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2018.

UVic Biomedical Engineering – Entrepreneurship Partnership Day @ Michele Pujol Room - Student Union Building
Nov 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The UVic Biomedical Engineering – Entrepreneurship Partnership Day is a free event by The Centre for Biomedical Research (CBR) & The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre.

About the Event

Victoria has become a hotbed of technology and innovation, including recent growth in biomedical and health related technologies. Our Biomedical Engineering program and Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria generate strong connections between university research, local business, and local health agencies. This event showcases our innovative research and industry partnerships in biomedical research occurring in Victoria and the lower mainland along with our growing entrepreneurial spirit! Join us this Fall for our Biomedical Engineering – Entrepreneurship Partnership Day.

Register early to save your spot!

Registration & Event details available here

2018 Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM2018) @ The Westin Ottawa Hotel
Nov 12 – Nov 14 all day

The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference. As the only conference of its kind in Canada, the Till & McCulloch Meetings provide an unparalleled opportunity for you or your organization to meet and network with Canada’s leading stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers and ethicists, as well as representatives from industry, government, health and NGO sectors from around the world.

The 2018 Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM2018) will take place in Ottawa, Ontario, November 12-14, 2018.

Early Bird Registration closes on August 29, 2018.

Online Registration closes on October 17, 2018.

The 2018 Till & McCulloch Meetings are hosted by the Stem Cell Network and CCRM.

Translation of Stem Cells to the Clinic: Challenges and Opportunities @ Cedars-Sinai
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm

Stem cells have long been praised for their promise in clinical application, and their potential is starting to show real signs of progress. Recent advances in stem cell differentiation, manufacturing, and genome editing technologies are pushing the field forward, and applications of pluripotent and somatic stem cells are making strides in the development of therapeutics for a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

The goal of this Cell Symposium is to bring clinicians, basic stem cell biologists, and cell manufacturing and pharmaceutical stakeholders together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for clinical translation of stem cell research and to help synergize efforts taking place in a variety of systems at diverse stages in the process.

Symposium themes:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Gene Therapy
  • Transplantation
  • Differentiation
  • Disease Modelling
  • Regulatory Challenges