The NYSCF Conference, 2020


October 20–21, 2020



Agenda   Speakers   Topic Areas   Sponsorship   FAQ

The NYSCF Conference is the leading scientific meeting on translational stem cell research. It annually convenes over 500 participants from academia, industry government, non-profits, and patient groups. This year’s keynote was given by Carl H. June, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania. Additional speakers included world-renowned, multi-disciplinary scientists, who presented their latest findings about the transformative impact of stem cell research on numerous diseases with a high unmet need.

This year’s NYSCF conference was held virtually — featuring live video poster presentations, video and chat interactions with the stem cell community, and breakout rooms to interact with our speakers.

2020 Speakers and Chairs

· Raeka Aiyar, PhD — The NYSCF Research Institute
· Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD — University of Arizona
· Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, PhD – Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
· Helen Blau, PhD – Stanford University
· Sylvia Boj, PhD – Hubrecht Organoid Technology
· Ed Boyden, PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
· Kristen Brennand, PhD — Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
· Shuibing Chen, PhD – Weill Cornell Medicine
· Tony Coles, MD – Cerevel Therapeutics
· Dieter Egli, PhD – Columbia University
· Ronald Evans, PhD – Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
· Winrich Freiwald, PhD – The Rockefeller University
· Andrew Gaffney, PhD — STEMCELL Technologies
· Steven Goldman, MD, PhD – University of Rochester
· John Greally, DMed, PhD, FACMG – Albert Einstein College of Medicine
· Danwei Huangfu, PhD — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
· Bjarki Johannesson, PhD — The NYSCF Research Institute
· Anthony Johnson — Kodikaz Therapeutic Solutions
· Carl H. June, MD – University of Pennsylvania
· Aaron Kowalski, PhD – JDRF
· Madeline Lancaster, PhD – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
· Wei Li, PhD — Cytovia Therapeutics
· Christine Mummery, PhD – Leiden University Medical Center
· Chuck Murry, MD, PhD – University of Washington
· Rachael Pearson, PhD – University College London
· Shahin Rafii, MD – Weill Cornell Medicine
· Jay Rajagopal, MD — Harvard Medical School
· Kristy Red-Horse, PhD — Stanford University
· Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG — Morehouse School of Medicine
· Isabelle Riviére, PhD — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
· Joel Schuman, MD — NYU Langone Health
· Elizabeth Schwarzbach, PhD — The NYSCF Research Institute
· Susan L. Solomon, JD — The NYSCF Research Institute
· Simon Tavaré, PhD – Columbia University
· Li-Huei Tsai, PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
· Monica Webb Hooper, PhD – National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
· Irv Weissman, MD – Stanford University
· Feng Zhang, PhD – Broad Institute

Topic Areas

Sequencing Genomics Diabetes
Neuroscience Precision medicine Gene editing
Regenerative medicine Cardiology Biotechnology
Cancer Organoids Single-cell analysis
Machine Learning Diversity in research
iPSC disease models Microscopy



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What is included in the cost of my registration?

Your conference registration includes access to the virtual conference platform, all sessions, and on-demand access of talks and conference content until February 20, 2021

Can I pay to attend only one day or part of the conference?

Full conference registration is required to attend any panels or sessions.

Can I share a registration with a colleague?

Registration links are unique to each user and cannot have multiple logins.

How can I obtain an invoice/receipt for registration?

A confirmation e-mail is sent via e-mail at the time of registration. Should you need additional assistance, please e-mail or call 212-365-7452.

Can I substitute/transfer my conference registration?

Yes, you can transfer your registration up until 1 week prior to the conference. Registrations cannot be transferred after October 12, 2020.

What is the conference cancellation policy?

Registrations are refundable, less a $75 administrative charge. All refunds must be received by written request to by September 18, 2020. No-shows are not eligible for refund.

Can I submit an abstract for the poster session or a short talk?

Yes, abstracts must be submitted by September 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time for consideration as a poster or short talk.

How will posters be presented?

Poster presenters will upload a PDF of their poster into the conference platform. During the poster session, live video and text chats will be available to discuss your research.

Additional questions not covered in this FAQ?

Contact Gwyneth Volkmann at or 212-365-7452.

This conference is subject to cancellation. In the event that it is canceled, NYSCF will refund registration fees but will not be responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred directly by participants.