Upcoming Events
Accelerating Treatment for Age-Related Diseases through Collaboration of Damage/Repair Model Expertise
San Francisco, California
August 19-21
Interdisciplinary discussions to promote cross-collaborations between experts in epigenetic topics and stem cells.
Sitges, Spain
Sept. 20-22
Register here 
New HSCI Research Program 
HSCI announces a new disease program focused around the body's largest organ, skin. Because intact skin is essential to survival, there is a pressing need to understand the role of physiologic dermal stem cells (PDSCs) in both contractile wound healing and in authentic regeneration. 
The Skin Disease Program will formally kick-off with a day-long symposium on November 12th designed to highlight skin stem cell research as it relates to regenerative medicine, skin cancer biology, cutaneous aging, and disease prevention. 
People News
George F. Murphy, MD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital, joins HSCI as Principal Faculty. 
Markus Frank, MD, from Harvard Medical School, joins HSCI as Principal Faculty. 
Ning Wang, PhD, from Massachusetts General Hospital, joins HSCI as Affiliated Faculty.

Christine G. Lian, MD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital, joins HSCI as Affiliated Faculty. 
If you would like to share your achievements, awards, and research with the HSCI community, please email hannah_robbins@harvard.edu
The "Dr. Seuss Experiment"
Leonard Zon, MD, uses see-through zebrafish to find compounds that may help with bone marrow transplants.

In one of the HSCI community's more colorful experiments, a team of researchers led by Executive Committee Chair, Leonard Zon, identified a group of compounds that help bone marrow transplants engraft. When researchers injected into see-through zebrafish blood stem cells exposed to specific chemical compounds along with untreated blood stem cells, tagged green and red respectively, they were able to visually track the implanted cells' activity. Fish that received injections of green marrow incubated with epoxyeicosatrienoic acids, or EETs, had a greater engraftment of that marrow than the untreated marrow. Read the full story here.  

Stem Cell Forum: Lessons from the Lab 
Kevin Eggan, PhD; Clifford Woolf, MD, PhD; and Brian Wainger MD, PhD, share their journey from iPSC disease model discoveries to an ALS clinical trial and the lessons they learned along the way. 

Read their paper in Cell Stem Cell here

Stem Cell Scientist Spotlight
Matrix learned more about iPS Core Research Assistant Lauren Jasko.  
Hailing from Hudson, Ohio with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Hiram College, Lauren Jasko filled the Matrix in on her role at the Core, her passion for oil painting, and her plans for medical school. Read about Lauren and her work here.