Goals of the symposium
This symposium aims to bring together researchers working in the fields of blood development, hPSC modeling of blood diseases, and generation of hPSC-derived blood products for cell replacement therapies and immuno-therapies. Topics will include recent advances in characterizing the ontogeny of the hematopoietic system, in generating disease models of non-malignant and malignant blood diseases and in developing cell and gene therapies using hPSC-derived cells. Our goal is to build, expand and foster a community of researchers who share common interests in better methods to generate blood cells from pluripotent stem cell sources with an emphasis on human hematopoiesis from hPSCs. We are planning one full day of speaker sessions, educational session, and lively discussion and envision turning this into an annual event.