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Stem Cells: A Pathway Through the Maze

Key facts

Sorry, this course is now closed to new applicants. Please use the course enquiry form to be kept informed of future runs of this course.

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford
AddressRewley House
Oxford
OX1 2JA map
DatesWed 9 to Fri 11 Dec 2015
Subject area(s)Biological Sciences
FeesFrom £995.00
Application statusClosed to new applications
Course codeO15C496C1Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email cpdbio@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Overview

**We expect to offer this course again in 2016, please click here to receive a priority email notification when the dates are confirmed.**

This course is intended to dispel the myths behind stem cell biology and introduce delegates to the science behind the headlines, the pitfalls as well as the promises.

Bringing together eighteen leading experts in the field to explore this cutting-edge technology, this course is designed for those who have little prior knowledge or understanding of stem cells, so as to provide as broad an overview of the subject as possible.

This will include not only the science underlying the subject, but also related issues such as the ethics and regulatory infrastructure and commercialisation of regenerative medicine.

This course can be combined with the new practical workshop course, Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology, to offer a complete overview of stem cell technology.

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Note: This is a two-day course held over three days - from lunchtime on Wednesday until lunchtime on Friday.

Description

Few topics have captured the imagination of the general public quite as dramatically as stem cells, both for the potential they offer regenerative medicine and the ethical sensitivities they create.

Although the course will assume basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences, no previous understanding of stem cell biology will be required.

“The course is designed for those who have little prior knowledge or understanding of stem cells, so as to provide as broad an overview of the subject as possible. This will include not only the science underlying the subject but related issues such as the ethics and regulatory infrastructure and commercialisation of regenerative medicine.

Many of the lecturers will undoubtedly present some of their more cutting-edge insights which will, we hope, be of relevance to those with a particular interest in the field and who already come with specialist knowledge. In essence, we therefore hope to cater for the range of people we anticipate will be attracted to the course."

Professor Paul Fairchild, Co-Director, Oxford Stem Cell Institute, University of Oxford

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What people say about the course…

Well-organised, very valuable and scientifically interesting. Gives materials for future in-depth study.
- Carla Martino, Scientific Administrator, The European Medicines Agency (EMEA)

Fantastic review of current status of field in an informative and understandable format.
- Rebecca Dias, Head of In Vivo Pharmacology, Pfizer Ltd

An excellent overview of the field.
- Una Riekstina, University of Latvia

An interesting and stimulating course - helps me understand the current position of stem cell research.
- Pilar Vazquez, D.Phil student, University of Oxford

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Programme details

The course will begin by introducing key concepts in the field which will form the basis for exploring the properties of selected populations of adult and embryonic stem cells.

Later sessions will be devoted to applied topics that are essential to the therapeutic application of stem cell biology before focussing on ethical and regulatory issues and surveying the landscape for patenting and marketing of stem cell therapies.

The taught component of the course will draw on the varied expertise available within the University of Oxford, with contributions from outside experts, where appropriate.

This course is led by Professor Paul Fairchild, Co-Director, Oxford Stem Cell Institute, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.

2015 Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon Session - Basics of Stem Cell Biology

14:00 Stem Cells: Definitions and Principles
Professor Paul Fairchild, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

14:40 The Planarian flatworm as a model for the study of stem cells
Professor Aziz Aboobaker , Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

15:20 The Stem Cell Niche
Dr Carolyn Carr, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

16:00 Afternoon tea/coffee

16:20 Molecular Mechanisms of Pluripotency
Dr Ita Costello, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

17:00 Is Cancer a Stem Disease?
Professor Colin Goding, Ludwig Institute

17:40 Finish

Day 2: Morning Session - Stem Cell Populations: Adult versus Embryonic

9:00 Embryonic Stem Cells
Dr Frances Brook, Radcliffe Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

09:40 Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Dr Sally Cowley, James Martin Stem Cell Facility

10:20 Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Dr Marella de Bruijn, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

11:00 Morning tea/coffee

11:30 Neural Stem Cells
Professor Francis Szele, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

12:10 Cardiac Stem Cells
Professor Paul Riley, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

12:50 Lunch

Day 2: Afternoon Session - Enabling Technologies in Stem Cell Biology

14:00 Reprogramming Technologies and Genome Editing
Dr Kenny Moore, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

14:40 Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
Professor Len Seymour, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford

15:20 Stem Cells and Epigenetics
Professor Udo Oppermann, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

16:00 Afternoon tea/coffee

16:20 Small Molecule Manipulation of Stem Cell Fate
Professor Angela Russell , Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford

17:00 Immunological Tolerance in Stem Cell Therapies
Professor Paul Fairchild, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

17:40 Finish

Day 3: Morning Session - The Societal Context of Stem Cell Biology

9:00 Population Aging: The Motivation behind Regenerative Medicine
Professor Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute for Population Aging

9:40 The Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Dr Jonathan Pugh,Programme on Ethics of the New Biosciences

10:20 Intellectual Property Rights and Patenting of Stem Cells
Lee Chapman, J A Kemp & Co Chartered Patent Attorneys, London

11:00 Morning tea/coffee

11:30 Commercialisation of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Bill Shingleton, GE Healthcare

12:10 Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Stem Cell Biology
Professor Glyn Stacey, UK Stem Cell Bank, South Mimms

12:50 Finish

Please note that the course programme, along with the course presenters may be subject to change.

Staff

 

Dr Paul Fairchild

Role: Director

Co-Director, Oxford Stem Cell Institute, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

After obtaining a first class...more
 

Dr Frances Brook

Role: Speaker

Nuffield Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford

Dr Brook completed a D.Phil at Oxford in the Department of...more
 

Dr Carolyn Carr

Role: Speaker

Senior Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Carolyn Carr is a...more
 

Dr Lee Chapman

Role: Speaker

Partner and Patent Attorney, J A Kemp & Co Chartered Patent Attorneys, London

Dr Lee Chapman has a Degree in Physiological...more
 

Dr Ita Costello

Role: Speaker

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

I attended the National University of Ireland, Galway where I...more
 

Dr Sally Cowley

Role: Speaker

Head, James Martin Stem Cell Facility

A graduate of Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Sally’s began her research career working on...more
 

Dr Marella de Bruijn

Role: Speaker

Group Head / PI, Grant Holding Senior Scientist and Supervisor, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of...more
 

Prof Colin Goding

Role: Speaker

Professor of Oncology, Group Head / PI, Member of Congregation and Supervisor, Oxford Ludwig Institute, University of...more
 

Professor Sarah Harper

Role: Speaker

 

Dr Kenny Moore

Role: Speaker

James Martin Stem Cell Research Fellow, James Martin Trust, Brasenose College

Kenny is a James Martin Stem Cell Research Fellow...more
 

Prof Udo Oppermann

Role: Speaker

Professor in Molecular Biology, Director of Molecular Laboratory Sciences, Botnar Research Centre and Deputy Director of the Institute of...more
 

Dr Jonathan Pugh

Role: Speaker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

Jonathan Pugh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in...more
 

Prof Paul Riley

Role: Speaker

Professor of Development and Reproduction & BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University...more
 

Dr Angela Russell

Role: Speaker

Departmental Research Lecturer and RCUK Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacology, University of...more
 

Professor Leonard Seymour

Role: Speaker

Professor of Gene Therapy & Director of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford

Professor Len Seymour...more
 

Bill Shingleton

Role: Speaker

Technical Lead, GE Healthcare

Biological scientist, first degree from Bristol Polytechnic, and PhD from Cambridge University,...more
 

Prof Glyn Stacey

Role: Speaker

Director, UK Stem Cell Bank, South Mimms

Glyn Stacey has a background in public health and cancer research and has worked on the...more
 

Dr Francis Szele

Role: Speaker

Dept of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Francis Szele obtained his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania...more

Certification

Sample certificate

Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Level and demands

The course is likely to appeal to research scientists from either industrial or academic sectors, considering entering the stem cell field, together with PhD students wishing to gain a thorough understanding of the field at the outset of their studies.

Furthermore, the course may prove beneficial for healthcare professionals, wishing to explore the likely influence that stem cell biology will have on the practice of medicine in the future, as well as those working for regulatory bodies or in related fields such as journalism, for which a firm understanding of the principles of stem cell biology may facilitate future coverage of developments in the field.

"The course is designed for those who have no prior knowledge or understanding of stem cells, so as to provide as broad an overview of the subject as possible. This will include not only the science underlying the subject but related issues such as the ethics and regulatory infrastructure and commercialisation of regenerative medicine.

Many of the lecturers will undoubtedly present some of their more cutting-edge insights which will, we hope, be of interest to those with a particular interest in the field and who already come with specialist knowledge. In essence, we therefore hope to cater for the range of people we anticipate will be attracted to the course."
Professor Paul Fairchild

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.

Accommodation

Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

Payment

Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Standard course fee: £995.00

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Email: cpdbio@conted.ox.ac.uk

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