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Plenary speakers and key deadlines announced for ISSCR 2025 annual meeting in Hong Kong

Join the ISSCR 11-14 June 2025 for The Global Stem Cell Event

Meeting Announcement

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Join the ISSCR in Hong Kong in 2025 for the year's most exciting stem cell science and regenerative medicine breakthroughs


ISSCR 2025 will take place in Hong Kong 11-14 June 2025. Abstract submissions open 2 October 2024 and close 21 January 2025 to be considered for an oral presentation.

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The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) convenes world-renown scientists dedicated to stem cell research and regenerative medicine each year at its annual meeting to share the year’s most compelling basic discoveries and clinical breakthroughs in the stem cell field. Abstract submission and registration for ISSCR 2025, taking place 11-14 June 2025, will open on 2 October 2024. Abstracts submitted by 21 January 2025 will be considered for oral presentations and merit and travels awards.

The ISSCR is proud to announce the ISSCR 2025 Plenary Sessions and Speakers:

Plenary I: Presidential Symposium
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, Institut Pasteur, France
Cassandra Extavour, PhD, Harvard University, USA
Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD, Vision Care Inc., and Kobe City Eye Hospital, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Plenary II: Development Across Scales: From Fertilization to Tissues to Animals
Misao Fujita, MS, MPH, PhD, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Japan
Tao Tan, PhD, Kunming University of Science and Technology, China
Bo Wang, PhD, Stanford University, USA
Hongmei Wang, PhD, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture

Plenary III: Second Phase of Life: Adult Homeostasis
Paola Arlotta, PhD, Harvard University, USA , Ernest McCullouch Memorial Lecture
Yi Chin Toh, PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Vidita Vaidya, PhD, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Hongyan Wang, PhD, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Plenary IV: Stem Cell-Based Research and Therapies for Human Disease
Stuart Forbes, PhD, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Masaya Nakamura, PhD, Keio University, Japan
Wenning Qin, PhD, eGenesis, USA, John McNeish Memorial Lecture
Jean Yang, PhD, University of Sydney, Australia

Plenary V: Awards and Keynote session
Speakers and award winners to be announced.

ISSCR 2025 is co-sponsored by The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board provided significant support to enable the ISSCR to bring its hallmark event to the city of Hong Kong.

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
With nearly 5,000 members from 75+ countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Follow ISSCR on X: @ISSCR


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