Driving Stem Cell Research Towards Therapy

Date & time: 
21 May 2012 - 9:00am - 22 May 2012 - 1:30pm




A symposium to honour Sir Ian Wilmut FRS and to mark the opening of the new Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine Building.

Speakers include

The symposium brochure including the programme and speaker abstracts can now be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The symposium will be held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The Conference Centre is situated at the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s newly landscaped and pedestrianised residential campus at Pollock Halls, with stunning views of Edinburgh’s most famous natural landmark, Arthur’s Seat, and within easy reach of the main attractions of Edinburgh City.

Please note the event itself is now completely sold out, but you can be added to the reserve list if you wish. Alternatively, we are pleased to offer a live online broadcast of the entire program. Registration for online broadcast is open until Thursday 17th May 2012. You can register via the University of Edinburgh's e-pay system.

Internet broadcast

We are pleased to offer a live online broadcast of the entire program.  The broadcast, which can be viewed from any internet-connected Mac or PC*, will show the presenter’s slides and full audio from the conference. The online viewers will also be able to participate in the discussion after each presentation by entering questions via text chat, which will be relayed to the presenter.

Each presentation will  also be recorded and stored in an online video archive.  The archive will be available to attendees of the conference or the online broadcast for 6 months following the conference.  After 6 months, the archive will be made freely and permanently accessible.
* The computer must be able to run Javascript, and have an audio output (e.g. headphones or speakers). The broadcast will not be viewable on Linux machines.
** Access will be restricted to conference and broadcast registrants only.


  • £50.00 for following live online broadcast of the entire program
  • £195.00 for employees of higher education or research institutions
  • £295.00 for commercial companies external to public funded bodies
  • £100.00 for registered students of higher education or research institutions
  • Optional gala dinner on the evening of Monday 21st to honour Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, seats priced at £65 per head. This is completely sold out.

Lead sponsors
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com

Life Technologies Corporation is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition with innovative life science products and applications. For more information please visit: www.lifetechnologies.com


The Scottish Stem Cell Network (SSCN) brings together scientists and clinicians to improve the rate at which innovative stem cell research translates into therapeutic benefits for patients. SSCN works with the entire stem cell community in Scotland and provides a forum for discussion, learning and collaboration. For more information please visit: www.sscn.co.uk.

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Symposium programme and abstracts1.46 MB