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The ISSCR partners with the São Paulo Research Foundation and the Federal University of São Paulo to deliver stem cell biology course

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International Society for Stem Cell Research


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Skokie, IL – The ISSCR is pleased to partner with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) to deliver the São Paulo School of Advanced Science (SPSAS) on Stem Cell Biology in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.

Drawing heavily from the ISSCR’s Core Concepts in Stem Cell Biology developed by the ISSCR Education Committee, and funded by FAPESP and a donation by May Rubião, the nine-day course will gather national and international scientists to offer nine days of education and inspiration to 100 graduate students.

“This initiative represents a new type of engagement and partnership for the ISSCR, in a region of the world focused on advancing biomedical research,” Haifan Lin, ISSCR president said. “It is an important opportunity to engage the next generation of scientists and allows the ISSCR Education Committee to bring the recently released syllabus to life. We are grateful for SPSAS’s partnership and hope this initiative will be a model for the future.”

Throughout the course, 16-24 September 2023, students will have an opportunity to present their research and learn from an international faculty of scientific leaders. The program culminates with a two-and-a-half day ISSCR International Symposium, From Concept to Clinic: Advances in Stem Cell Research drawing internationally-recognized speakers to  present the full breadth of stem cell research and application. SPSAS students will have opportunities to present in the symposium, network, and explore the advanced application of topics learned earlier in the week.

“We are excited to offer this unique event to Brazilian, Latin American, and other international students,” Marimelia Porcionatto, SPSAS Coordinator, said. “Having ISSCR as a partner will provide the exciting opportunity for students to participate in one of the well-known, outstanding ISSCR International Symposia.”

“The two events will extend ISSCR's reach in Latin America, inspiring students and researchers and bringing public awareness to the stem cell field,” said Lygia da Veiga Pereira, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and member of the ISSCR Board of Directors.

The course and participation in the International Symposium will be fully funded for 100 students by FAPESP including travel, travel insurance (for international participants), accommodations, and meals. Applications are due by 28 February 2023. Learn more about the course, selection criteria, and application. The International Symposium is open to all who register.

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
With more than 4,600 members from 80 countries worldwide, 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. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.

The São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP
FAPESP ( is a public foundation, funded by the taxpayer in the State of São Paulo, with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge. São Paulo has a population of forty million and generates 32% of Brazil’s GNP. The constitution of the State establishes that 1% of all state taxes belong to the foundation and the government transfers these funds monthly. The stability of the funding and the autonomy of the foundation allow for an efficient management of the resources that has had a sizable impact: while São Paulo has 22% of the Brazilian population and 30% of the scientists with a doctorate in the country, the state responds for 45% of the country’s scientific articles published in international journals.

The foundation works in close contact with the scientific community: all proposals are peer reviewed with the help of area panels composed of active researchers. Besides funding research in all fields, the foundation supports large research programs in Biodiversity, Bioenergy, Global Climate Change, and in e-Science.


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