Distinguished Speakers

OCASCR invites multiple Distinguished Speakers to visit Oklahoma each year and to share their adult stem cell or regenerative medicine research with local scientists through a seminar series. This provides an important opportunity for Oklahoma scientists to stay abreast of cutting edge research and to broaden their scientific network through individual meetings with the Distinguished Speakers. Past seminars that were sponsored by OCASCR included:
•Development of stem cell therapy for the treatment of retinal degeneration.
Robin Ali, PhD, FMedSci
The Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology
London, England
•Evolving Landscape of Drug Therapy in Sickle Cell Disease
Kenneth I. Ataga, MD
University of Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
•Small Blood Vessels- Big Secrets
Christer Betsholtz, Ph.D.
Stockholm, Sweden
•Regenerating and Rejuvenating Aged Muscles by Targeting a Gerozyme
Helen M. Blau, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Stanford, California
•Regulating Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Enhance Function and Engraftment
Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D.
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana
•Engineering Adult Stem Cell Microenvironments for Tissue Repair
Jason Burdick, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
•Toward unification of the Cancer Stem Cell and Clonal Evolution Models of Cancer
John E. Dick, Ph.D.
Ontario Cancer Institute Toronto
Ontario, Canada
•Regulation of Cell Turnover During Epithelial Tissue Homeostasis and Pathogenesis
George Eisenhoffer, Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
•Hematopoietic Stem Cell Microenvironment
Paul S.Frenette, M.D.
Ruth L. And David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell Regenerative
Medicine Research
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York
•Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer
Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University
New York, New York
•Flow Dependent Endothelial Cell (Dys)Function
Guillermo García-Cardeña, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
•Stem Cells in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, Ph.D.
University of California
San Diego, California
•Adult Stem Cell Research Workshop
Jeffrey Gimble, M.D., Ph.D.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
•Genetics of Thrombosis: From Mice to Humans to Synthetic Proteins
David Ginsburg, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
•Transcriptional Heterogeneity and Stem Cell Therapeutics
Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD
Stanford University of Medicine
Palo Alto, Calilfornia
• Lung Stem Cells and Homeostasis and Repair
Brigid L. M. Hogan, Ph.D., FRS
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
•Microbiome Interactions with the Nervous System in Health and Disease
Elain Y. Hsiao, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
•Age-related Stem cell Dysfunction in Barrier Epithelia- Strategies for Intervention
Heinrich Jasper, Ph.D.
Genentech Inc.
San Francisco, California
•Modeling Human Development and Disease with Pluripotent Stem Cells
Gordon M Keller, Ph.D.
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
•Stem Cells and Nanotechnology for Neurological Therapeutics
John A. Kessler, M.D.
Feinberg Neuroscience Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Stem Cell Institute
Chicago, Illinois
•Exploring the Organ-specific Vascular Heterogeneity
Gou Young Koh, Ph.D.
Institute for Basic Science
Daejeon, South Korea
•Mechanobiological regulation of normal and tumor stem cells
Sanjay Kumar,MD, Ph.D.
University of California
Berkeley, California
•Skelatal Stem Cells
Michael Longaker, MD, MBA,D.Sc.(Hon). FACS
Stanford University
Stanford, California
•Autologous CD34 Cell Therapy for Myocardial and Lower Extremity Ischemia
Douglas W. Losordo, MD
Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
•Mesenchymal Stromal (Stem) Cells: Biology and Potential Therapeutic Value for the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Michael Matthay, MD
University of California
San Francisco, California
•Generation and Repair of Nephrons
Andrew P. McMahon, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
•Proteostatic control of quiescence exit in mammalian neural stem cells
Darcie Moore, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
•Stem Cell Niches for Hematopoiesis and Osteogenesis
Sean Morrison, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas
•Non-myelinating Schwann cells in the mouse bone marrow niche maintain hematopoietic stem cell hibernation through TGF-b signaling
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, MD
Division of Stem Cell Therapy,
Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine,
Institute of Medical Science,
University of Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO
Nakauchi Stem Cell and Organ Regeneration Project
•Personalized Medicine in Cystic Fibrosis
Anjaparavanda P. Naren, Ph.D.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
•Dissecting Developmental Trajectories with Single-Cell Transcriptional Profiling
Craig E. Nelson, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
•Strategies for Extramural Funding
Michael Nunn, Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, California
•Network and Space Models: Science and Science Fiction Approaches to Cell Fate Prediction
John Quackenbush
Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, Massachusetts
•Aging, Stem Cells, and Tissue Regeneration
Tom Rando, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Stanford, California
•Skeletal Stem Cells: History, Origins and Function
Pamela Gehron Robey, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
• Fate Mapping of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Activity In Vivo
Hans-Reimer Rodewald, Ph.D.
German Cancer Research Center
Heidelberg, Germany
•Niche Oncogenesis
David T. Scadden, MD
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts
•Adult Stem Cells, Matrix Scaffolds and Bioreactors for Cardiac Valve Tissue Regeneration
Dan Simionescu, Ph.D.
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
•Deconstructing the Face, One Phosphate at a Time.
Phillipe Soriano, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York City, New York
•CSF-1 receptor signaling and biology and their relevance to neoplastic, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases
Richard Stanley. Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, New York
•Development of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
David Traver, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California
•Regenerative Medicine Meets Chemical Genomics; Novel Approaches to Novel Therapeutics Discovery
Weidong Wang, Ph.D.
iPerian, Inc.
San Francisco, California
•Prostate Tissue Stem Cells and Prostate Cancer
Owen Witte, MD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Los Angeles, California
•Stem Cells: Niche, Competition Aging and Potential Application
Ting Xie, Ph.D.
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, Missouri
•Isolating and Defining Cells to Engineer Human Vessels for Vascular Repair
Mervin C. Yoder, M.D.
Herman B Wells center for Pediatric Research
Indianapolis, Indiana
•ITIM- Receptor’s Surprising Roles in Hematopoietic and Leukemia
Stem Cells
Chengchen (Alec) Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas