Thursday, 14 August 2014

FIRM 2014 Early Career Symposium Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine

Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) was established by four members of the Doctoral Training Centre in Regenerative Medicine seeking to create a forum for young researchers, to come together in a friendly and informal setting. This allows the creation of new networks early on in their careers that can lead to future worldwide collaborations, whilst also gaining invaluable experience presenting at an international conference. With over 70 attendees from 32 international institutions FIRM 2013 has already begun to build a large community of early career researchers with collaborative work starting from the moment the symposium finished.

FIRM symposium 2014 plans to be bigger and better than last year. Whilst keeping the best bits in; the networking, open discussions, quick fire poster presentations and oral presentation slots, they have also created new sessions in response to last year’s feedback, with more interactive debates and career development training workshops rounding off the FIRM experience. These training workshops will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to further their personal development and gain experience in areas such as clinical delivery, imaging, communication and commercialisation.

This years title ‘Life Cycle of Cell Therapies’ is broken down into five interconnected sessions, Fundamental Biology, Biomaterials, Enabling Technology, Commercialisation and Clinical Delivery. In order to produce a viable cell therapy industry all these pieces need to work together, like cogs in a well oiled machine.
To enable this FIRM have secured a number of world renowned international keynote speakers purposely chosen to bring forward knowledge in every aspect of the life cycle of cell therapies.

Girona, Spain
8th—11th September 2014

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr Robert Preti
Progenitor Cell Therapy, USA
Prof Erik Shapiro
Michigan State University, USA
Prof Katja Schenke-Layland
Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Dr Paolo De Coppi
Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK
Dr Alan Horner
Smith and Nephew, UK
Dr Jamie Cleaver
Key Skills Training for Scientists, UK
Dr Kei Mayamoto
Cambridge University, UK

Cost: £350
▪ Conference fee
▪ Delegate bag
▪ 3 nights accommodation
▪ All meals

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