Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Fees (available only to registered attendees of the IADR/PER General Session):
Member/Affiliate Member/Retired Member - $132
Student Member - $102
IADR/PER Member (Low, Lower Middle or Upper Middle Income countries located in the Pan European Region only) - $102
Non-Member - $252
Prices are listed in US Dollars and include 20% UK Value Added Tax (VAT).
Organizer(s): Paul Sharpe (King’s College London, England)
Sponsoring Group/Network: Stem Cell Biology Research
Dental and orofacial tissues are a "treasure chest" of easily accessible stem cell populations that could provide cells for a variety of therapeutic applications. This concept is largely based on the "artificial" in vitro mesencymal stem cell-like properties of many of these cell populations which display multipotent differentiation following appropriate stimulation. However, in vivo, such multipotent differentiation is rarely observed and cell differentiation is highly restricted, often to a single cell type. The emergence of new tools with which to study stem cells in vivo is starting to reveal the true nature of these stem cell populations, their functions, their microenvironments, their heterogeneity, their epigenetic programming, their regulation by signalling pathways and the control of their differentiation. This session will feature interactive presentations highlighting the latest insights on the in vivo analysis of dental and orofacial stem cells and how this impacts upon both the potential therapeutic applications of these cells and the development of new clinical approaches to manipulate cell in vivo.
- To understand why the behavior and properties of dental and orofacial mesenchymal stem cells in vitro does not reflect their properties and functions in vivo and why this is important for the development of stem cell-based therapeutic approaches.
- To understand the significance of dental and orofacial stem cell heterogeneity, the impact of the local environment and the interrelationships between different cell populations that constitute a stem cell "niche".
- To learn about the very latest developments in understanding how stem cells are mobilized to elicit tissue repair following injury and how this can be used to develop new clinical approaches in dentistry.