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Looking to the future: Training Europe’s next generation of stem cell scientists

By Emma Kemp - Posted on 04 October 2010

From 11th to 18th September 2010, 54 young scientists came together with 24 leading stem celli experts for a unique training experience. Students from 13 countries attended HydraVI: The European Summer School on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, made possible by the collaboration of three EU-funded stem cell research projects – EuroSyStem, OptiStem and NeuroStemCell.



Now in its sixth highly successful year, the European Summer School on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine covers fundamental concepts and examines issues in the field today, from the molecular circuitry that governs the behaviour of stem cells, to breaking therapies.

AnnaFrenchAnnaFrenchOptiStem at HydraVI

OptiStem scientists participated actively in the Summer School. Eight young scientists from OptiStem labs attended as students, and Anna French of Kathryn Wood's lab was awarded one of the School's two poster prizes for her poster, "Differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells towards the haematopoietic and endothelial lineages." The other prize went to Khalil Kass Youssef of the Blanpain group at ULB-IRIBHM, Belgium. OptiStem scientist Clare Blackburn is one of the two lead scientific organisers of the Summer School, and four further OptiStem PIs were on the School's faculty.

About HydraVI

 The Summer School combines lectures, workshops and poster sessions with valuable opportunities for students to discuss and debate ideas directly with the experts on the faculty. It’s an intense week of learning and development that leaves students enthused and inspired, as they tell us themselves:


“Thank you for organising this great, exciting and inspiring summer school”

“I really appreciated the amazingly high quality of the speakers, of the discussions, as well as of the delegates, and I am really excited by the new interactions I could establish during my stay in Hydra.”

“It was a very good experience which broadened my knowledge and vision.”

The programme

The scientific organisers of the School are Clare Blackburn and Austin Smith. This year’s plenary speaker was Ihor Lemischka, who introduced haematopoietic stem cells and the fundamental stem cell concepts that developed from early studies in the blood system. Over the course of the week, 23 faculty members from 8 European countries went on to discuss key scientific concepts, key techniques and current challenges across the field.

Download the full programme.

Summer School in 2011

 The next Summer School will take place in September 2011. Details of how to apply for a place will be advertised on the EuroStemCell website in Spring 2011.

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