Stem cell symposium to highlight clinical trials, safety and regulation

Twenty years ago this fall, a team of scientists led by James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin–Madison published the first paper describing successful derivation of human embryonic stem cells.

The discovery of these master human stem cells empowered a new and promising direction in biomedical research, and for the last 13 years, the annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium, hosted by the UW–Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, has highlighted progress in the field.

Speakers at this year’s daylong meeting on April 18 will discuss clinical trials involving stem cells, safety considerations and the regulatory environment under which ongoing stem cell work takes place. It will also celebrate two decades of stem cell achievements by UW–Madison researchers and scientists around the world.