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Pivoting from Post-doc to PI - meet the ISEH’s new Junior PI Committee

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As we progress through our scientific career from undergraduate, then PhD to Post-doc, a key inflection point is the transition to an independent faculty position. The journey into this new career chapter is both exhilarating and challenging. On the one hand, you have seemingly limitless possibilities: you can choose your staff and mentor them however you wish, spend your funds to test your new research ideas and push out into new directions, and establish new collaborations and relationships in the field. On the other hand, your science will now need to be balanced with host of new responsibilities as a faculty member. You may find yourself asking how will you attract new staff to your group? How will you manage budgets for each of your projects and people? How will you manage your time as you balance responsibilities of institutional committees alongside publishing and obtaining funding to sustain your group for the long term? Finally, given the scope of your new position, how will y

Difficult beginnings: transitioning from PhD to postdoc during a global pandemic

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As research centres closed their doors, countries closed their borders and entire laboratories shut for many months, many of us tried to plan for one of the most significant transitions in our scientific path: looking for the perfect postdoc lab. This is no doubt one of the most difficult decisions during anyone’s academic career, but how to do that during a global pandemic? In this ISEH blogspot, I explore how new postdoctoral fellows moving across the world to join new laboratories have experienced the pandemic and how this is likely to impact their future scientific careers. Dawn Lin finished her PhD in Melbourne at the end of 2019, and right after, she started planning her future postdoc when COVID was about to take over the world. In November 2021, she had just began her postdoctoral position in the lab of Prof. Andreas Trumpp at the HI-STEM and DKFZ in Heidelberg, Germany. “ The pandemic has definitely changed my plan, and I decided to stay in Australia for a little longer. Init

Lab Spotlight: The Van Galen Lab

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Each month, Simply Blood spotlights a lab focused on the research of basic hematology, immunology, stem cell research, cell and gene therapy, and other related aspects. Get to know these different labs around the world! This month, we are featuring the Van Galen Lab at the Division of Hematology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School located in Boston, MA, USA! How long have you had your lab? We started in August 2019. How many members make up your lab? Students/postdocs? There are currently six trainees. We have two postdocs, two technicians, a visiting PhD student and a part-time undergraduate student. What is the major research theme of your lab? In the broadest sense we focus on normal and malignant hematopoiesis. We develop and apply new technologies to study the process of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) differentiation in human cells. A molecular understanding of changes that occur during aging and transformation of the blood system will inspire new therapies tha

Message from the President: Introducing the Paul S. Frenette Fund

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The ISEH community is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Dr. Paul Frenette, a revered member of the ISEH community and ISEH Past President. In order to honor and memorialize Dr. Paul Frenette in a long-lasting way, ISEH is in the process of launching the “Paul S. Frenette Fund”. The “Paul S. Frenette Fund” will be designed as an endowment, with a goal that its annual proceeds will be applied to generate an annual named “Paul S. Frenette Lecture” at the ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as towards travel grants in honor of Paul. These travel grants and lectures may be selected thematically, such as contributions submitted related to niche biology or sickle cell disease, or pioneering and visionary research in general that may be ahead of its time. If you would like to contribute to the “Paul S. Frenette Fund” or learn more, please visit the ISEH website at https://www.iseh.org/page/frenettefund . ISEH is a registered 501(c)3 organization in United States of America. ISEH will c

ISEH 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting - Final Thoughts

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Before writing the ISEH 2021 Virtual Scientific Meeting recap, we had a quick read-through of last year’s summary. One year ago, we were hoping that our first virtual ISEH meeting would also be our last. We couldn’t wait to see each other again in person, and this is still the case. We are now hopeful that the ISEH 2021 Virtual Scientific Meeting will be our last fully virtual meeting. Travel is becoming more realistic with increasing COVID vaccination rates, so we are already looking forward to meeting in-person in Edinburgh in 2022. One major advancement since last year: we have become experts at meeting virtually. Thanks to the hard work and contributions of many people, we had a fantastic Virtual Meeting for ISEH 2021! The science was ground-breaking, the speakers were excellent, the networking events were fun, and the educational sessions were, well, extremely educational. Here is a recap of what happened at the ISEH 50th Annual Scientific Meeting. Registration Firstly, let’s sta

ISEH 2021 New Investigator Awards

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Our society takes great pride in supporting the work of young scientists who submit cutting-edge abstracts for discussion at the ISEH Annual Meeting. To this end, each year ISEH includes a New Investigator Session in which the Program Committee selects the six highest ranked abstracts to present an oral presentation along with a five minute Q&A. Presenters were reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges on the following criteria: presentation topic, presentation content, Q&A response, and overall presentation. The session awards prizes into two groups – student and postdoctoral fellow, with three prizes being awarded in each category. Congratulations to our 2021 New Investigator Award Winners! Students 1st Place Prize - Dirk van Bekkum Award Bianca Ulloa Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA Definitive Hematopoietic Stem Cells Minimally Contribute to Embryonic Hematopoiesis 2nd Place Prize - T. Ray Bradley Award Emily Mitchell Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK Haematopoietic stem

Thank You to our 2021 ISEH Scientific Meeting Sponsors and Supporters

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    The ISEH Annual Meeting looks a bit different again this year. We're celebrating 50 years of our scientific meeting with an exciting program including career and technology sessions, as well as talks and poster presentations from trainees, new investigators and leaders in the field. On behalf of the ISEH Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, we'd like to thank our 2021 sponsors and exhibitors, seen below. We hope to see you all in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in 2022! Support for ISEH 2021 provided by: An independent medical education grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb. A grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. A grant award from the National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 PLATINUM SPONSORS THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 GOLD SPONSORS THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SILVER SPONSORS THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS THANK YOU TO OUR EXHIBITORS  The views expressed in written conference materials or publi