What do sea sponges, sunsets and stem cells have in common?

The answer…Hydra IX, the ninth European Summer School on stem cells, which ran from 7-14 September through funding and support by European Commission FP7 funded projects - EuroStemCell, OptiStem, MARRIAGE and CSCTraining.

In a renovated sea sponge factory on the beautiful island of Hydra, Greece, 60 delegates and over 25 prominent stem cells scientists from Europe and beyond, gathered to learn about and discuss stem cell science.  Stem cell paradigms, regulation, disregulation, clinical applications and current challenges were explored. In addition, delegates had the unique opportunity to speak with faculty members in informal, small groups to allow deeper discussions about the science.

Curing Parkinson’s with stem cell research?

24 Jul 2012
This summary covers: 
Nov 2009 - Mar 2012


The HEALING project aims to increase our knowledge about how stem cells behave in normal and disease conditions. HEALING also aims to develop substances that can control such behaviours, with the overarching aim to improve tissue regeneration and wound healing in patients. Seven universities and one partner from industry, located in eight European countries, come together in HEALING. Their collective work promises important scientific advances and training goals, which should allow clear economic benefits.

All a-twitter about computational biology

On 2nd and 3rd of December, stem cell biologists from 9 countries gathered in Dresden, Germany to learn how computer models and data analysis can help interpret the complex world of stem cells.  Scientist Tilo Buschmann gave an insider’s view of the workshop via real-time tweets on our page @euro_dayinsci.

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

From 11th to 18th September 2010, 54 young scientists came together with 24 leading stem cell 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.

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