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2nd Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology & Therapy

2nd Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology & Therapy

The conference on SCBT was held at the new Human Health Building and Oakland Center on Oakland University's campus. It addressed the latest advancements in basic and applied stem cell research including developmental and age-related diseases, cancers, regenerative medicine, as well as drug design and discovery.

The conference featured workshops, lectures, symposia, and poster presentations on selected topics by leaders in the field from academia and industry.

Participants included scientists and clinicians from academia, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and regulatory agencies. In addition, the conference provided an opportunity to educate the general public in ethical and scientific issues concerning stem cell research and clinical applications.

View the conference program for more information.

Chair:  G. Rasul Chaudhry, Ph.D.


Genetics Policy Institute (GPI)Florida: Bernard Siegel, J.D.


Georgia Institute of Technology: Dong Yao, Ph.D. (Eng)


University of Illinois, Chicago: Thomas Diekwisch, D.M.D., Ph.D. 


University of Michigan: Sue K. O’Shea, Ph.D., Marty Fischhoff, B.A, Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., and  Elizabeth Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D.


Michigan State University: Jose Cibelli, D.V.M, Ph.D., Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D., and Jim Trosko, Ph.D.

Wayne State University: Graham Parker, Ph.D., Jim Eliason, Ph.D., and Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D.


University Research Corridor: Jeff Mason


MichBio: Stephen Rapundalo, Ph.D.

Oakland County: David Schreiber


St. Johns Health System: David Svinarich, Ph.D.


Kansas State University: Mark Weiss, Ph.D.

Case Western University: Michael Gilkey, MBA


University of Minnesota: Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.


University of Wisconsin-Madison: Craig Atwood, Ph.D., and John Lough, Ph.D.


Beaumont Health System: David Felten, M.D., Ph.D., George Wilson, Ph.D., Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D., Kenneth Peters, M.D., and Charles Shanley, M.D.

Oakland University: Brad Roth, Ph.D., Dorothy Nelson, Ph.D., Gerard Madlambayan, Ph.D. (Eng), Anne Mitchell, R.N., Ph.D., Sumi Dinda, Ph.D., M. Siadat, Ph.D. (Eng), and Ferman Chavez, Ph.D.

& Panelists
Ales Hampl, D.V.M.,Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Animal Genetics
Masaryk University
Czech Republic

Ali S. Arbab, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Laboratory
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Bernard Siegel, J.D.
Founder and Executive Director of Genetics Policy Institute 
Wellington, FL
Craig Atwood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine 
University of Wisconsin Medical Center
Madison, WI

Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 

Dan Rappolee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Obstetrics-Gynecology
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Dan O’Donnell
Director Cell Therapy Logistics
Fisher BioServices

David Felten, M.D., Ph.D. 
Vice President, Research, Medical Director, Beaumont Research Institute
William Beaumont Hospitals
Royal Oak, MI

David Svinarich, Ph.D.
Director, Patient Care Research and SJHS Research and Development 
Providence Hospital
Southfield, MI 

Dean Betts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario 

Dean Tantin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

Diana L. Ramírez-Bergeron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH 

Donggang Yao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology 
Atlanta, GA

Erik Forsberg, Ph.D.
Executive Director at WiCell Research Institute 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Frank Baaijens, Ph.D.
Professor in Soft Tissue Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Ferman Chavez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

G. Rasul Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology
Director, ISCRM
Oakland University

Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Adrenal Cancer
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI 

Gary Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

George Wilson, Ph.D.
Chief, Radiation Biology, Scientific Director, BioBankat 
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Gerard Madlambayan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 

Graham Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

Greg Dressler, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI 

Hillard M. Lazarus, M.D., FACP
Professor of Medicine
Director of Novel Cell Therapy
Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, OH

Ivan Maillard, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Internal Medicine University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

Jack Mosher, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
University of Michigan Center for Stem Cell Biology 
Ann Arbor, MI

Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director, BioBank
Medical Director Translational Research, Surgical Services
Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Jason A. Hamilton, Ph.D
Department of Regenerative Medicine 
Athersys, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Jeremy Mao, DDS, Ph.D.
Columbia University
New York, NY

Jim Eliason, Ph.D.
Co-Chair SCRO
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Tech Town
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Jim Wells, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Jon Odorico, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Jose Cibelli, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science 
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 

Jose Luis Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Human DNA Variability
Pfizer-University of Granada-Junta de Andalucía Center for Genomics and Oncological Research
Granada, Spain

K. Sue O’Shea, Ph.D.
Director of Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Kapil Bharti, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health
Bethesda, MD

Kenneth Peters, M.D.
Chair, Urology, Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine
Chief, Urology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Director, Women's Urology Center, Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Linheng Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Lab Medicine
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, MO

Lisa Larkin, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Dept.of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 
Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering 
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mahendra Rao, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine 
Bethesda, MD

Mark Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Kansas State University 
Manhattan, KS

Martin Marsala, M.D.
Professor, Anesthesiology Research Laboratory
University of California-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Max Wicha, M.D.
Professor and Director
Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mervin Yoder, M.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IU School of Medicine
University of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D.
Neurosurgeon, Michigan Head & Spine Institute Chief Minimally Invasive
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Rochester, MI

Mohammad Siadat, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Nissim Benvenisty, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics
Hebrew University

Pat Piskulich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Paul Dyce, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Paul H. Krebsbach , DDS, Ph.D.
Professor And Chair  of Biologic & Materials Sciences
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Peter Sartipy, Ph.D. 
Department Head and Senior Principal Scientist
Cellartis AB Sweden
Gotebörg, Sweden

Ralf Huss, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenrative Medicine, 
Professor and Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Apceth Applied Cell Technology
Munich, Germany

Richard Fessler, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Ronnda L. Bartel, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Aastrom Biosciences
Ann Arbor, MI

Sarah Conley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sarah Krueger, Ph.D.
Research Associate & Postdoctoral Fellow
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sumi Dinda, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Diagnostic/Therapeutic Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Suresh Palaniyandi, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Investigator
Department of Internal Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Tom Diekwisch, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Head of Oral Biology 
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Vince Tropepe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cell and Systems Biology 
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario 

Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI