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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

President's Message: Welcome to ISEH 2021!

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On behalf of ISEH, the International Society for Experimental Hematology, I would like to thank you for being a part of ISEH 2021. This year we begin the celebration of 50 years of unparalleled science as coalesced around a professional society and annual international meeting. While we are not able to meet in person in 2021, we hope that this virtual meeting provides an opportunity for you to re-connect with science and colleagues from around the world.    Through a combination of invited keynote speakers and oral presentations, the ISEH meeting boasts educational sessions on basic, translational and clinical hematology featuring internationally-renowned scientists as well as rising young investigators.  Presenting cutting-edge research is only one of the features of the Annual Meeting. To maximize presentations and audience engagement, we again continue the sessions we started last year called “Featured Posters.” These lightning talks to advertise posters again promise to be brillian

In Memory of Paul Sylvain Frenette

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The ISEH community is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Dr. Paul Frenette, the founding director and chair of the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Paul was a revered member of the ISEH community, having previously served as President in 2015 in addition to other leadership positions. Our deepest condolences extend to his family, colleagues at Einstein, and collaborators around the world who are suffering from this loss. More details about Paul’s remarkable career and scientific accomplishments can be found in an obituary in Experimental Hematology ( https://www.exphem.org/article/S0301-472X(21)00282-4/fulltext ). To accompany that piece, in this Simply Blood blog please find some additional testimonies and pictures. Dr. Meelad Dawlaty, Associate Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Paul was always there for his trainees, staff and fellow faculty like a friend. As

How To: Network at Virtual Conferences

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With Covid-19 came the widespread introduction of virtual conferences. While there are obvious advantages to virtual conferences including saving time and money on travel and increasing content accessibility to a larger and more diverse science community, this has come at a cost of decreased networking and less face-to-face interactions. are necessarily limited. This is particularly relevant for Poster presentation sessions, which are usually a hub for networking but now mostly occur through short, pre-recorded summaries with no actual discussion taking place. While solutions to the problem of networking vary from conference to conference, below are some general tips on how to still get the networking you enjoy out of virtual events. Come prepared As always, preparation is key. Scan the programme, abstracts and participant list for people you might want to connect with. Read up on their research to assess which sessions of the conference they will likely attend.  It is also useful to p

2021 Interview Spotlight Series: Part IV

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This week on Simply Blood we close out our 2021 Interview Spotlight Series! Part IV features the ISEH 2021 Donald Metcalf Award Winner:  Tony Green, Ph.D . Click below to listen as Dr. Green answers questions about his scientific passions, career path, mentorship and more. Interested in hearing more about Dr. Green's fascinating work?  Don’t miss his session at this year’s ISEH Virtual Scientific Meeting ! Tony Green, PhD Director, Wellcome-MRC Cabridge Stem Cell Institute Professor, Haematopoiesis and Myeloid Malignancies Cambridge Stem Cell Institute University of Cambridge stemcells.cam.ac.uk/people/pi/green Interviewed by Stephen Loughran of the  ISEH New Investigators Committee

2021 Interview Spotlight Series: Part III

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This week on Simply Blood we continue our 2021 Interview Spotlight Series! Part III features the ISEH 2021 McCulloch & Till Award Winner:  Camilla Forsberg, Ph.D . Click below to listen as Dr. Forsberg answers questions about her scientific passions, career path, mentorship and more. Interested in hearing more about Dr. Forsberg's fascinating work?  Don’t miss her session at this year’s ISEH Virtual Scientific Meeting ! Camilla Forsberg, PhD Director, Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells Professor of Biomolecular Engineering University of California Santa Cruz forsberglab.soe.ucsc.edu/ Interviewed by Camille Malouf of the  ISEH New Investigators Committee

2021 Interview Spotlight Series: Part II

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This week on Simply Blood we continue our 2021 Interview Spotlight Series! In Part II we are highlighting the ISEH 2021 Janet Rowley Award Winner: Elisa Laurenti, Ph.D . Click below to listen as Dr. Laurenti answers questions about her scientific passions, career path, mentorship and more. Interested in hearing more about Dr. Laurenti’s fascinating work?  Don’t miss her session at this year’s ISEH Virtual Scientific Meeting ! Dr Elisa Laurenti Sir Henry Dale Fellow - Group Leader Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Centre for Haematopoiesis and Leukemia Research - Department of Haematology - University of Cambridge Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre Cambridge Biomedical Campus www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk Interviewed by Myriam Haltalli  ISEH New Investigators Committee  & Kellie Machlus of the ISEH Junior PI Committee

Lab Spotlight: The Velten 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 Velten Lab at the Centre for Genomic Regulation located in Barcelona, Spain! How long have you had your lab? I only started in January 2020. There was a pandemic for almost 90% of the time that my lab has existed… Fortunately, the Spanish anti-Corona measures were only really tough for three months. So, despite everything, we were able to grow together as a team and get experimental work done. What was your biggest transition from a post-doc to a group leader/lab PI? To me, it felt like a big relief. As a senior postdoc, I was leading or co-leading three projects and was involved in even more. The number of projects I’m involved in is definitely not getting smaller, but now I can strategically grow a team of independent and dedicated res

2021 Interview Spotlight Series: Part I

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This week on Simply Blood we are kicking off our 2021 Interview Spotlight Series. In Part I we are featuring the ISEH 2021 New Investigator’s Invitee: Dan Landau, M.D, Ph.D. Here, Dr. Landau answers questions about his scientific passions, unusual but highly successful career path, mentorship and more. Interested in hearing more about Dr. Landau’s fascinating work? Don’t miss his session at this year’s ISEH Virtual Scientific Meeting ! 1. What is your key scientific question? What do you consider as your major contribution to the field over the past 5 years? The lab’s key scientific question is exploring the fundamental principles of human somatic evolution. We are fascinated by the realization that the trillions of cells in our body continuously evolve throughout life, with significant implication to human health and disease. Cancer represents an extreme case of human somatic evolution where in a “runaway process” cells evolve more rapidly at the expense of the multi-cellular host. O

COVID-19 Lockdown Effects on Research in Melbourne

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Australia has been relatively lucky in the current pandemic because, to date, we have managed to eliminate community transmissions of COVID. We did, however, experience significant community transmission in Melbourne (and some other parts of Australia) in 2020. The people of Melbourne (a city of approximately 5 million people) were subjected to strict lockdowns that has, fortunately, been successful. I have been asked to give a first-hand account of the local situation and the impact on researchers in Melbourne. Our first lockdown commenced on 24th March. Social distancing measures were put in place everywhere. We were permitted to leave our homes for 2 hours daily for exercise and shopping, although it was advised to limit shopping and preferably only have one household member do the shopping. Our second, harsh lockdown commenced on 9th July and continued through the end of October. We were allowed one hour of exercise outside per day (restricted to a 5km limit) and only one household

Lab Spotlight: The Ottersbach 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 Ottersbach Lab at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh! 1. How long have you had your lab for? I established my lab first in Cambridge in September 2006 and then I moved the lab to Edinburgh in March 2015. Overall, I had my own lab for almost 15 years now. 2. What's the major research theme of your lab and what's one of the most exciting projects that is either ongoing or that you did in the past? When I first started off, my lab continued work I had started during my postdoc, characterizing how blood, especially blood stem cells, develop in the embryo in mouse models. I still love that subject, but I have currently only one PhD student working on that topic. But what I realized at some point was th

ISEH 2021-2022 Board of Directors Election Results

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ISEH members* have sent in their votes, and we are pleased to share with you the results of the 2021 Board of Directors elections. The individuals, identified below, will join the ISEH Board of Directors in September 2021. Please join us in congratulating these new and returning members of ISEH Leadership! Marella de Bruijn University of Oxford, United Kingdom Vice President Carl Walkley Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Australia Director - Pacific Rim Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany Director - Europe/Middle East/Africa Jennifer Trowbridge The Jackson Laboratory, United States of America Director - Americas

Exploring Experimental Hematology: Journal Crossover Series II

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In a bid to connect the research being published in  Experimental Hematology  with the wider hematological community, we have begun to identify related pairs of recently published articles from other journals and in this entry, we focus on an article published in the European Hematology Association's journal  HemaSphere. Molecular insight into Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), and a detection strategy for clinical diagnosis of DBA and other inherited bone marrow failure syndromes Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFs) are a group of complex genetic diseases that display comparable major complications such as (pan)cytopenia, bone marrow failure, and increased risks for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although a majority of patients receive proper diagnoses, many patients lack specific syndromic diagnoses in part due to incomplete identification of the underlying etiology of IBMFs. Therefore, further studies into the genetic, molecular, and clin