Hudson Institute scientists lead charge for Melbourne’s stem cell meeting

The Hudson Institute’s Associate Professor Caroline Gargett and Professor Alan Trounson have played a leading role in securing a prestigious scientific stem cells meeting for Melbourne in 2018.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has announced Melbourne as the location for its 16th annual meeting, which will take place over 4 days in June, 2018.

A/Prof Gargett, the immediate past President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, led the successful bid on the society’s behalf. She was joined by Hudson’s Professor Alan Trounson, Professor Martin Pera from Stem Cells Australia and Beverley Williams from the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

The meeting will see an estimated 3000 of the world’s leading stem cell researchers, physicians and government and health officials gather in the city to exchange knowledge and share best practice.

“The Annual Meeting is the largest forum for stem cell and regenerative medicine professionals from around the world, who will be educated on and discuss innovations, trends and new perspectives and benefit from collaboration across disciplines,” A/Prof Gargett said.

“International delegates will also have the opportunity to learn from Victorian researchers who pioneered the first joint research program with the Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine and partnership with the Canadian Centre for Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine.”

Central to the bid’s success was a nation-wide campaign by Australia’s leading stem cell scientists which raised funds from 27 medical research institutes, universities and stem cell companies, A/Prof Gargett said.

The Hudson Institute, the Ritchie Centre, Monash Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Monash University all contributed to this campaign.

The event will contribute $13 million to the state’s economy.

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