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Stem Cell Research Training 2009

Purpose and Scope
PABSELA-SCRT09 is a 9-day intensive lecture and laboratory course on stem cell biology for 15 young investigators (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty/scientists) in the biomedical sciences from Latin American countries. The course is founded in direct collaboration with Partners Harvard Medical International, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. The main objective of the program is to introduce the Latin American investigators to stem cell biology through lectures, discussions of scientific papers and laboratory sessions, as well as to create new ties between Latin and North American researchers that may result in long-term research collaborations in this field.

In addition to the course, there are a series of free Seminars open to the entire academic community at which PABSELA Faculty present the latest results from their laboratories.


Dates and places
PABSELA-SCRT09 took place at Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba between 21 and 29 August 2009.


Course Description
This intensive laboratory and lecture course was designed for young investigators interested in applying their expertise to the study of stem cell biology. SCRT09 Lectures provided the conceptual basis for contemporary research in the field of reprogramming and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), while the laboratories provided comprehensive hands-on training in the technique of iPS cells generation, identification, isolation, and differentiation.

SCRT09 laboratory activities included a method for in vitro generation of iPS cells from fibroblasts and their differentiation to motor neurons (for method description see Dr. Kevin Eggan's paper in Science, 2008). PABSELA SCRT09 brings iPS cell technology for the first time to Argentina, and PABSELA students were the first Latin American young investigators to generate motor neurons from iPS cells.