Dutch Society for Stem Cell Research

Annual meeting

14th Dutch Stem Cell Meeting


oktober 20th
2023 at 10:00 am


oktober 20th
2023 at 5:30 pm


UMCU, Utrecht

On the 20th of October 2023, the Dutch Society for Stem Cell Research (DSSCR) organizes the 14th Annual DSSCR symposium.

The aim of this meeting is to unite researchers from the Dutch stem cell community, thereby promoting exchange of ideas, data and future plans. This DSSCR meeting will provide a unique opportunity for master-students, PhD-students and early stage post-docs working on stem cells to present and discuss their work with the Dutch Stem Cell community in oral presentations that will be selected based on submitted abstracts.

Final year master-students, PhD-students and post-docs about to embark on their next career step in science are especially encouraged to submit an abstract and present their final results. The best oral presentation will be awarded a grant of €500.

Group leaders with a vacancy for a PhD or Post-doc position are also invited to send in their job advertisement for posting on the DSSCR website

Information & registration

  • Conference information

    14th Dutch Stem Cell Meeting will take place at Friday 20th October, 2023

    This symposium will be held in the Pink lecture hall, UMCU, Utrecht. It starts at 10AM and finishes around 5PM.

    For this symposium, we are delighted to announce the confirmation of three renowned keynote speakers in our stem cell field, Dr. Peter Rugg-Gunn, Dr. Tiago C. Luis and Prof. Rob Coppes. Peter Rugg-Gunn from the Babraham institute, Cambridge, UK is renowned for his outstanding research  on the epigenome during early human development and stem cell differentiation. Tiago C. Luis from the Haematopoietic Stem Cells Laboratory, Imperical College London, UK is renowned about his study on the role of the bone marrow microenvironment in the regulation of blood stem cell function. Rob Coppens from UMCG, Groningen, NL is well known from his research in establishing salivary gland organoid cultures and recent translation of this research into the first salivary gland stem cell transplantation.

  • Program 2023

    October 20th 2023


    14th Annual Meeting of the Dutch Society for Stem Cell Research

    October 20th 2023, Roze Collegezaal, Heidelberglaan 100, AZU/UMC Utrecht


    9:00                       Registration opens

    9.30-09:50          Coffee/tea

    9.50-10.00            Welcome (Paul Coffer)


    Session 1

    Chair: Niels Geijsen

    10.00-10.15        Noëlle Dommann: Comparative Transcriptomics of Mouse Gastruloids and Embryos using total RNA sequencing (VASA-seq)

    10.15-10.30       Jolien Jacobs: GO with the WNT: synchronising the co-development of blastocyst tissues

    10.30-10.45       Mehmet Yildiz: The effect of retinoic acid during early embryonic development in a mouse gastruloid model

    10.45-11.15       Keynote lecture – Peter Rugg-Gunn, Babraham institute, Cambridge, UK, Establishing the epigenome in human development and pluripotency


    11.15-11.45                        Coffee/tea


    Session 2

    Chair: Gerald de Haan

    11.45-12.00       Albert Blanch-Asensio: A rapid and efficient platform for targeted large gene
    insertions in human induced pluripotent stem cells

    12.00-12.15       Rebecca Snabel: A single-cell genomics roadmap of in vitro multi-lineage cardiac differentiation

    12.15-12.30       Yolanda Chang: In vitro maturation of human primordial germ cell-like cells
    (hPGCLCS) in the female human somatic niche


    12.30-13.30                        Lunch


    Session 3

    Chair: Paul Coffer

     13.30-13.45        Han Verhagen: Genome editing of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells to cure hemoglobinopathies.

    13.45-14.00       Konradin Müskens: Clonal hematopoiesis is common in long-term survivors of
    pediatric stem cell transplantation, including umbilical cord blood transplantation.

    14.00-14.15       Loukia Yiangou: Human iPSC–derived 2D and 3D cardiac models for investigating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mechanisms.

    14.15-14.45       Keynote lecture – Tiago Luis, Haematopoietic Stem Cells Laboratory, Imperial
    College London, UK:  Bone marrow niche regulation of hematopoietic stem cells response to stress.


    14.45-15.15                        Coffee/tea


    Session 4

    Chair: Raymond Poot

    15.15-15.30       Winnie van den Boogaard: Disease modelling and RNA therapy in human inner ear organoids – Usher syndrome type 2

    15.30-15.45       Pere Català: Volumetric bioprinting of an endocrine pancreas, a platform for drug screening

    15.45-16.00       Dulce Lima Cunha: Restoration of functional PAX6 in aniridia patient iPSC-derivedocular tissue models using repurposed nonsense suppression drugs

    16.00-16.30       Keynote lecture  – Rob Coppes,  Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: Towards and beyond autologous Submandibular Gland Organoids to Ameliorate Xerostomia After Radiotherapy


    16.30-16.45                       Award ceremony (Ans van Pelt)

    16.45-17.00                        Introduction of new board members (Paul Coffer)

    17.00-18.00                        Drinks


  • Programma boek
  • Registration



    Registration for the 14th annual DSSCR meeting of closed. We reached the maximum number of participants.


  • Award winners best presentation DSSCR annual meeting 2023

    The award winners for the best presentation at the annual DSSCR symposium 2023 are Albert Blanch-Asensio and Loukia Yiangou.

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