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Mathematics and Science Center
118 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Mathematics and Science Center
118 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)

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Past Conferences

The Stem Cell Biology & Therapy conferences at Oakland University addressed the latest advancements in stem cell research on a variety of topics and provided opportunities to bring together scientists and clinicians from across the globe.

1st Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology & Therapy

May 9th-11th, 2008

The SCBT conference was held at the historical Meadow Brook Hall on Oakland University’s campus. The SCBT conference addressed the latest advancements in research on stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and therapy involving embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, as well as umbilical cord blood stem cells. In addition, the conference provided an opportunity to educate the general public in ethical and scientific issues concerning stem cell research and clinical applications.

Email [email protected] to request the Program/Schedule of Events or Brochure.

Presentations were given by: (speakers in alphabetical order)

Kameswara Badri, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Thomas Bauer, Ph.D., NCI, NIH, DHHS
Jaime Brozowski, B.S., Oakland University
Asamoah Bosomtwi, M.S., Oakland University
Michael Chancellor, M.D., Beaumont Hospitals
C.C. Chang, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Chong Chen, B.S., University of Michigan
Michael Chopp, Ph.D., Henry Ford Hospital/OU
Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D., M.S. Providence Hospital
Luis Villa Diaz, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Thomas Diekwisch, D.M.D., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Kimberly Drenser, M.D., Beaumont Hospitals
Gregory Dressler, Ph.D., University of Michigan
William Fairbrother, Ph.D., Brown University
Christopher Fecek, B.S., Oakland University
Shannon McKinney-Freeman, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School & Children’s Hospital
Mark Furth, Ph.D., Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Christine Gorka, Ph.D., Providence Hospital
Theresa Gratsch, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Deborah Gumucio, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Ales Hampl, D.V.M , Ph.D., Institute of Experimental Medicine & Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Ibrahim Ibrahim, M.D., M.P.H, Ph.D., Beaumont Hospitals
Omar Khan, M.D., Wayne State University Medical School
Senator Carl Levin, D-Michigan
Tenneille Ludwig, Ph.D., University of Madison-Wisconsin
Domenico Luongo, M.S., C.H.M.M., Oakland University
Ivan Maillard, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Representative Andy Meisner, D-Ferndale, Michigan
Jack Mosher, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Andras Nagy, PhD., Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Jack Parent, M.D., University of Michigan
Graham Parker, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Bruno Peault, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh & Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
José Garcia Perez, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Pamela G. Robey, Ph.D., NIDCR, NIH
Peter Sartipy, Ph.D., Cellartis AB, Sweden
Jill Slater, B.S, Wayne State University
David Svinarich, Ph.D., Providence Hospital
Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Dean Tantin, Ph.D., University of Utah
Barbara Tigges, Ph.D., BioE, Inc. Research and Development
Donggang Yao, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Sichang Zhou, B.S., Wayne State University

Jointly sponsored by:
Oakland University and Beaumont Hospital

In cooperation with:
St. John Providence Health

Platinum Sponsors:
Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences
Oakland University School of Health Sciences

Gold Sponsors:
Oakland University School of Nursing

Silver Sponsors:
Blackstone Medical Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:
University of Michigan

2nd Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology & Therapy

The conference on SCBT was held at the new Human Health Building and Oakland Center on Oakland University's campus. It addressed the latest advancements in basic and applied stem cell research including developmental and age-related diseases, cancers, regenerative medicine, as well as drug design and discovery.

The conference featured workshops, lectures, symposia, and poster presentations on selected topics by leaders in the field from academia and industry.

Participants included scientists and clinicians from academia, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and regulatory agencies. In addition, the conference provided an opportunity to educate the general public in ethical and scientific issues concerning stem cell research and clinical applications.

Email [email protected] to request the conference program for more information.

Organizing Committee

Chair: G. Rasul Chaudhry, Ph.D.

Genetics Policy Institute (GPI)Florida: Bernard Siegel, J.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Dong Yao, Ph.D. (Eng)

University of Illinois, Chicago: Thomas Diekwisch, D.M.D., Ph.D.

University of Michigan: Sue K. O’Shea, Ph.D., Marty Fischhoff, B.A, Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., and Elizabeth Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D.

Michigan State University: Jose Cibelli, D.V.M, Ph.D., Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D., and Jim Trosko, Ph.D.

Wayne State University: Graham Parker, Ph.D., Jim Eliason, Ph.D., and Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D.

University Research Corridor: Jeff Mason

MichBio: Stephen Rapundalo, Ph.D.

Oakland County: David Schreiber

St. Johns Health System: David Svinarich, Ph.D.

Kansas State University: Mark Weiss, Ph.D.

Case Western University: Michael Gilkey, MBA

University of Minnesota: Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Craig Atwood, Ph.D., and John Lough, Ph.D.

Beaumont Health System: David Felten, M.D., Ph.D., George Wilson, Ph.D., Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D., Kenneth Peters, M.D., and Charles Shanley, M.D.

Oakland University: Brad Roth, Ph.D., Dorothy Nelson, Ph.D., Gerard Madlambayan, Ph.D. (Eng), Anne Mitchell, R.N., Ph.D., Sumi Dinda, Ph.D., M. Siadat, Ph.D. (Eng), and Ferman Chavez, Ph.D.

Speakers & Panelists
Ales Hampl, D.V.M.,Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Animal Genetics
Masaryk University
Czech Republic

Ali S. Arbab, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Laboratory
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Bernard Siegel, J.D.
Founder and Executive Director of Genetics Policy Institute
Wellington, FL

Craig Atwood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine 
University of Wisconsin Medical Center
Madison, WI

Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Dan Rappolee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Obstetrics-Gynecology
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Dan O’Donnell
Director Cell Therapy Logistics
Fisher BioServices

David Felten, M.D., Ph.D. 
Vice President, Research, Medical Director, Beaumont Research Institute
William Beaumont Hospitals
Royal Oak, MI

David Svinarich, Ph.D.
Director, Patient Care Research and SJHS Research and Development
Providence Hospital
Southfield, MI

Dean Betts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Dean Tantin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

Diana L. Ramírez-Bergeron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Donggang Yao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Erik Forsberg, Ph.D.
Executive Director at WiCell Research Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Frank Baaijens, Ph.D.
Professor in Soft Tissue Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Ferman Chavez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

G. Rasul Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology
Director, ISCRM
Oakland University

Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Adrenal Cancer
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

Gary Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

George Wilson, Ph.D.
Chief, Radiation Biology, Scientific Director, BioBankat 
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Gerard Madlambayan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Graham Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

Greg Dressler, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Hillard M. Lazarus, M.D., FACP
Professor of Medicine
Director of Novel Cell Therapy
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Ivan Maillard, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Internal Medicine University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

Jack Mosher, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
University of Michigan Center for Stem Cell Biology
Ann Arbor, MI

Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director, BioBank
Medical Director Translational Research, Surgical Services
Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Jason A. Hamilton, Ph.D
Department of Regenerative Medicine
Athersys, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Jeremy Mao, DDS, Ph.D.
Columbia University
New York, NY

Jim Eliason, Ph.D.
Co-Chair SCRO
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Tech Town
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Jim Wells, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Jon Odorico, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Jose Cibelli, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 

Jose Luis Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Human DNA Variability
Pfizer-University of Granada-Junta de Andalucía Center for Genomics and Oncological Research
Granada, Spain

K. Sue O’Shea, Ph.D.
Director of Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Kapil Bharti, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health
Bethesda, MD

Kenneth Peters, M.D.
Chair, Urology, Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine
Chief, Urology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Director, Women's Urology Center, Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Linheng Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Lab Medicine
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, MO

Lisa Larkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept.of Molecular and Integrative Physiology,
Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mahendra Rao, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine
Bethesda, MD

Mark Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Martin Marsala, M.D.
Professor, Anesthesiology Research Laboratory
University of California-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Max Wicha, M.D.
Professor and Director
Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mervin Yoder, M.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IU School of Medicine
University of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D.
Neurosurgeon, Michigan Head & Spine Institute Chief Minimally Invasive
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Rochester, MI

Mohammad Siadat, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Nissim Benvenisty, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics
Hebrew University

Pat Piskulich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Paul Dyce, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Paul H. Krebsbach , DDS, Ph.D.
Professor And Chair of Biologic & Materials Sciences
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Peter Sartipy, Ph.D. 
Department Head and Senior Principal Scientist
Cellartis AB Sweden
Gotebörg, Sweden

Ralf Huss, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenrative Medicine,
Professor and Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Apceth Applied Cell Technology
Munich, Germany

Richard Fessler, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Ronnda L. Bartel, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Aastrom Biosciences
Ann Arbor, MI

Sarah Conley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sarah Krueger, Ph.D.
Research Associate & Postdoctoral Fellow
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sumi Dinda, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Diagnostic/Therapeutic Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI

Suresh Palaniyandi, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Investigator
Department of Internal Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Tom Diekwisch, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Head of Oral Biology
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Vince Tropepe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario 

Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI