Combined meeting of the ESGCT, GSZ, DG-GT, ISCT and SCCGR

20.-25. November 2009, Hannover, Messegelände

XVIIth Annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT)

4th Annual Congress of the German Society for Stem Cell Research (GSZ)

16th Annual meeting of the German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT)

2nd Meeting of the European branch of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT)

5th Stem Cell Clonality and Genotoxicity Retreat (SCCGR)

The combined meeting of the „European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT)“, the “German Society for Stem Cell Research (GSZ)“, the „German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT)“ and the „International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT)“ jointly organized with the Excellence Cluster REBIRTH will take place on November 20-25, 2009 in Hannover. The main foci of the meeting include gene therapy, cell therapy, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Approx. 1,000 international participants are expected to attend in order to discuss the latest findings in these fields of research. In this setting, the main goal is to make a comprehensive information and knowledge exchange possible. The various interdisciplinary topics stem from basic research to the commercialization and clinical application. In addition, a versatile and current lecture series will be offered.

During the combined meeting a feature workshop entitled „Investigating New Pluripotent Stem Cell Sources” (for example: iPS, parthenogenetic ESCs or germline-derived stem cells) will take place. The workshop is sponsored by BMBF and will serve as a forum for German scientists, active within this field, to discuss and network. In addition, the establishment of a national register will be initiated. The workshop will take place on November 25th.

The meeting will be certified by the academy for continuing medical education of the medical association of Lower Saxony and will be accepted as an advanced training seminar.