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10th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases
Focus Topic: Cell Trafficking and the Niche
November 16-18, 2011 - Sonoma, California



Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - Welcoming Reception


Paul S. Frenette, M.D.Thursday, November 17, 2011

Keynote Speaker

  • Paul S. Frenette, M.D. (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
    “Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche Regulation by the Autonomic Nervous System”

Session I: Vectors  

  • John J. Rossi, Ph.D. (City of Hope)
    “Small RNA Therapeutics for the Treatment of HIV”
  • James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
    “AAV Vectors for Human Gene Therapy”
  • Kam W. Leong, Ph.D. (Duke University)
    “Intracellular Trafficking Studies and Cell-Topography Interactions Related to Nonviral Gene Delivery”
Student/Fellow Presentations and Poster Session - Link to Information

Session II   

  • Karen L. Christman, Ph.D. (UC San Diego)
    “Injectable Extracellular Matrix Derived Hydrogel for Cardiac Repair”
  • Mervin C. Yoder, M.D. (Indiana University)
    “Circulating Human Endothelial Colony Forming Cells and In Vivo Vasculogenic Activity Modulation”

“Practical Strategies”: Tissue Engineering

  • Doris A. Taylor, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    “Building Hearts: Tissue Engineering as a Solution to Cardiovascular Disease”
  • Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D. (Yale University)
    “Lung Regeneration: Progress and Challenges”

Beverly L. Davidson, Ph.D.   Beverly L. Davidson, Ph.D.

Dinner at the Culinary Institute of America


John C. Gore, Ph.D.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Workshop: “In Vivo Imaging”

  • Joseph A. Frank, M.D. (NIBIB, NIH)
    “Enhanced Homing, Permeability, and Retention of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) using Pulsed Focused Ultrasound: Implications for Targeting Stem Cell Delivery”

Session III

  • Gregor B. Adams, Ph.D. (University of Southern California)
    “Regional Localization of the Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche”
  • Stanton L. Gerson, M.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
    “The Hematopoietic Niche Occupancy Assay Uncovers HSC Defects Due to Loss of Non-homologous End-joining (NHEJ)”

  • Bruno Péault, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
    "Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Adult Human Organs: Identification, Purification and Therapeutic Use"
Student/Fellow Presentations and Poster Session - Link to Information

Session IV

  • Edward E. Morrisey, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
    “Epigenetic Control of Lung Development and Regeneration”

  • David Warburton, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.S. (Childrens Hospital Los Angeles)
    “Cell Based Therapy for the Lung: Theoretical and Practical Considerations”


Supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. Additional support provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB); NIH; California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM); BD Biosciences; California National Primate Research Center and Office of Research, UC Davis; and the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center.