W dn. 27-29 maja 2011r. w Szczecinie odbędzie się 1-st Baltic Stem Cell Meeting

W dn. 27-29 maja 2011r. w Szczecinie odbędzie się 1-st Baltic Stem Cell Meeting, która jest pierwszą z trzech konferencji poświęconych realizacji projektu Innowacyjne metody wykorzystania komórek macierzystych w medycynie.


We cordially invite all scientists, physicians, industry representatives and students to participate in the 1st Baltic Stem Cell Meeting which is organized by Pomeranian Medical University. The meeting is sponsored by the European Union and Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland and this year will be held May 27-29th in Szczecin, capital of Western Pomerania. During this important scientific event several distinguished internationally recognized experts in the field from Europe, North and South America and Asia will present state of art lectures.  The major scientific topics of this meeting will include clinical application of adult tissue- and umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells in regenerative medicine, mechanisms of malignant transformation of cells, regulation of stem cell trafficking, biological significance of presence of very small embryonic like stem cells (VSELs) in adult tissues and mechanisms of unconventional exosome/microparticles-based cell to cell communication.  Several crucial legal and ethical issues concerning stem cell research and therapy will be also addressed.

The beautiful city of Szczecin is ready to welcome the participants of the1st Baltic Stem Cell Meeting and is easily accessible from the international airport in Berlin, Germany. The old harbor of Szczecin, Castle of Pomeranian Dukes and numerous parks along with excellent restaurants in the downtown area will make this event a wonderful experience. We are deeply convinced that the unique atmosphere of historical Szczecin will provide you with inspiration to discuss new ideas and scientific challenges. Your participation in the meeting will give you an opportunity to establish new scientific contacts and friendships, which may later flourish in successful multidisciplinary cooperation.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, invite you to participate in this meeting and wish you a pleasant stay in Szczecin.

Prof. dr hab. n. med. Mariusz Zdzisław Ratajczak


27-29th May 2011


Hotel Novotel Szczecin
al. 3 Maja 31, 70-215 Szczecin
Amber Hall

Aula of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin
Ul. Rybacka 1, Szczecin


In order to take part in the Conference, an on-line registration is necessary.

The  participation in lectures is free of charge.

Registration deadline.
Registration forms will be accepted until the number of participants meets the number of places available, but no later than the 19th of May 2011.

All registered participants are guaranteed:

•    attendance of all scientific sessions
•    conference materials
•    a badge
•    a participation certificate


At the end of the conference the participants will get a Participation Certificate honored with educational points.


Friday 27th May 2011

Hotel Novotel Szczecin

14.00 – 16.00 – Registration of speakers and participants


Aula of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin

16.00 – 16.30 Opening ceremony

Prof. Mariusz Ratajczak
Opening speach

16.30 - 19.00 - Inaugural session

Prof. Mortimer Poncz, USA
“Platelet factor 4 is a negative regulator of platelet production: A tribute to Dr. Alan Gewirtz”

Prof. Peter Quesenberry, USA
“To another placed of decimals - the new cell biology”

Short break

Rev. Tomasz Trafny, Vatican
“Science and ethics - challenging relationship between natural sciences and humanities”

Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, USA, Poland
“VSELs - an update”


Saturday 28th May 2011

Hotel Novotel

8.00 – 8.30 Ethics in science

Prof. Andrzej Górski, Poland
“Safeguarding research integrity in Poland”


8.30 – 8.45  Short break for refreshments

8.45 – 10.30 Stem cells in hematology

Prof. Tsvee Lapidot, Israel
“Stem cell regulation via dynamic interactions of the nervous and immune systems with the microenvironment”

Prof. Stefan Karlsson, Sweden
“Cripto: A novel regulator of hematopoietic stem cells”

Prof. Hans Kolb , Germany
“Mechanisms of graft-versus-leukemia after allogeneic stem cell transplantation: do we reach the stem cell?”

Prof. Edward Scott, USA
“Real time imaging of hematopoietic stem cells engraftment of the bone marrow niche”

Prof. Andrzej Lange, Polska

Prof. Alicja Chybicka, Poland
“Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) for saluage therapy of chronic GVHD”

Prof. Anna Janowska-Wieczorek, Canada
“Trafficking of hematopoietic stem cells: the role of MT1-MMP”


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 From infancy to adulthood - human cord blood stem cells and ageing

Prof. Arnon Nagler, Israel
“Human umbilical cord blood - more than hematopoietic stem cell source”

Prof. Yoshiaki Sonoda, Japan
“ Identification and functional characterization of human primitive CD34-negative hematopoietic stem cells:
Proposal of novel model of human hematopoietic cell hierarchy”

Prof. Kyung-Sun Kang , Korea
“Human Cord Blood Stem Cells for Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Prof. Zygmunt Pojda , Poland
“Stem cells from umbilical cord and adipose tissue - collection, banking, and prospective clinical applications”

Prof. Janina Ratajczak, USA/Poland
“Hematopoietic expansion of VSELs”


12.25 – 13.15  Lunch break

13.15 – 15.00 Stem cells in oncology

Prof. Donald Miller, USA
"Translating clinical observations into novel treatment; killing cancer cells with genomic DNA."

Prof. Daniel Starczynowski, USA
“Uncovering genetic regulatory networks in Myelodysplastic Syndromes”

Prof. Arkadiusz Orzechowski, Poland
“Leptin targets skeletal muscle progenitor cells - a new challenge in cancer cachexia”

Prof. Lukas Kenner, Austria
“New insights into Prostate Cancer and NPM-ALK lymphoma genesis”

Prof. Ewa Sikora , Poland
“Escape from induced senescence of cancer cells”


Sunday 29th May 2011

Hotel Novotel

8.00 – 9.45 Non-embryonic stem cells in regenerative medicine

Prof. Diane Krause, USA
“Engraftment of bone marrow – derived stem cells as lung epithelial cells”

Dr Irma Virant-Klun, Slovakia
“Germinal stem cells in adult human ovaries”

Prof. Axel R. Zander , Germany
“Regenerative therapies with MSC”

Prof. Henning Ulrich, Brasil
“Functions of bradykinin in neural fate determination and neuroprotection”

Prof. Guenter Lepperdinger, Austria
“Agelessness of mesenchymal stem cells?”

Prof. Magdalena Kucia , USA/Poland
“Molecular signature of VSELs”


9.45 – 10.15  Coffee Break

10.15 – 12.00 -  Stem cells and clinical progress

Prof. Jan Nolta, USA
“Stem cell therapies: from the bench to the bedside”

Prof. Torsten Tonn, Germany
"Bone marrow progenitor cells for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases - impact of cell processing procedures on quality and outcome”

Prof. Maciej Kurpisz, Poland
“Application of human myoblasts to regeneration of post-infarction heart: pre-clinical and clinical studies”

Prof. Cai Dongqing, China
“The microenvironment aging and regeneration of myocardial infarction”

Prof. Chris Hawkey, UK
“Stem cells and Crohn`s disease”

Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Poland
“Risk factors for peptic ulcer disease. Is stem cell therapy effective?”


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 – 15.00 -  Immunity and (stem) cell-to-cell communication

Prof. Giovanni Camussi, Italy
“Role of stem cell-derived microvesicles in tissue repair”

Prof. Jun Yan, USA
“Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization by Polysaccharide Beta-Glucan”

Prof. Joerg Koehl, Germany
“Novel roles for complement in innate immunity cell regulation”

Prof. Włodzimierz Ptak, Poland
“Antigen-specific exosomes target suppressive miRNA to effector Th1 lymhocytes”

Prof. Aldona Dembińska-Kieć, Poland
“Dietary fatty acids and type of lipid droplets (LD) formation in human SVF and endothelial cells – clinical relevance to diabetes type 2 risk”

Prof. Grzegorz Przybylski, Poland
“Regeneration of the T cell immunity after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation”

Dr Monika Baj–Krzyworzeka, Poland
“Tumor-derived microvesicles as important players in tumor-immune cells interaction”

15.00 Closing Ceremony


The President of Scientific Committee

Prof. Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, USA/Poland

Honorary Member

Prof. Alan M. Gewirtz


The Scientifc Committee

Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Poland
Prof. Giovanni Camussi, Italy
Prof. Cai Dongqing, China
Prof. Alicja Chybicka, Poland
Prof. Aldona Dembińska-Kieć, Poland
Prof. Andrzej Górski, Poland
Prof. Chris Hawkey, UK
Prof. Anna Janowska-Wieczorek, Canada
Prof. Stefan Karlsson, Sweden
Prof. Kyung-Sun Kang, Korea
Prof. Lukas Kenner, Austria
Prof. Joerg Koehl, Germany
Prof. Hans-Jochem Kolb, Germany
Prof. Diane Krause, USA
Prof. Andrzej Lange, Poland
Prof. Jan Lubiński, Poland
Prof. Maciej Kurpisz, Poland
Prof. Tsvee Lapidot, Israel
Prof. Guenter Lepperdinger, Austria
Prof. Krzysztof Marlicz, Poland
Prof. Donald Miller, USA
Prof. Arnon Nagler, Israel
Prof. Jan Nolta, USA
Prof. Przemysław Nowacki, Poland
Prof. Arkadiusz Orzechowski, Poland
Prof. Jerzy Ostrowski, Poland
Prof. Zygmunt Pojda, Poland
Prof. Mortimer Poncz, USA
Prof. Peter Quesenbery, USA
Prof. Edward Scott, USA
Prof. Yoshiaki Sonoda, Japan
Prof. Teresa Starzyńska, Poland
Prof. Torsten Tonn, Germany
Prof. Henning Ulrich, Brazil
Prof. Maciej Zabel, Poland
Prof. Axel R. Zander, Germany
Prof. Nicolas Zech, Austria

The President of Organizing Committee

Prof. Mariusz Z. Ratajczak

Organizing Committee

Wojciech Błogowski
Kinga Brandys
Agata Łoniewska
Jerzy Łuczak
Krzysztof Marlicz
Wojciech Marlicz
Katarzyna Sołohuba
Teresa Starzyńska
Anita Warżajtis


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