Call for Abstracts

Call for Poster Abstracts Now Open!

The Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa invites the submission of abstracts that report new research developments in the areas of stem cell biology, gene therapy, genome editing, stem cell medicine, regenerative medicine or ethical and regulatory issues. Abstracts are welcome from physicians, scientists, researchers and trainees in all sectors, including academia, industry, government and education. Submit your abstract today!

Important Dates & Deadlines
   Abstract Submission Period: Now – August 10, 2018
   Response to Abstract Submitter: On or before August 31, 2018
   Registration Deadline: September 28, 2018

Poster Submission Criteria
  Up to 35 posters may be accepted
  Limit three posters per lab
  One poster presenter per poster will receive free registration into the Scientific Symposium. That presenter should be the first author.

Presentation Timing
As a presenter, you are required to have your poster up at the Salk Institute on Friday, October 5 prior to the start of the program at 8:00am through the end of the networking reception at 6:30pm. Additionally, you will be expected to be standing at your poster to answer questions and present your work during certain parts of the day. This will include during the program’s two networking breaks, lunch and evening reception.

7:00am – 8:00am | Poster Set-up
10:15am – 10:40am | AM Break & Poster Presentations
12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch & Poster Presentations
2:35pm – 3:00pm | PM Break & Poster Presentations
5:00pm – 6:30pm | Networking Reception & Poster Presentations

Presentation Type
Each abstract must be submitted as a poster presentation. Presenters will be assigned a board to display text and other illustrative material (graphs, charts and tables). Posters will be on display for viewing for the day of the Scientific Symposium, October 5, 2018. Posters must be displayed for the entire day, allowing attendees to view them during all breaks and networking opportunities.

Abstract Title
Titles are limited to 250 characters, including spaces. Titles that include a tissue should include the species and type of tissue used.

Each abstract may indicate only one presenter. The presenter should be the First Author. Please see the data required in the poster abstract application form.

Each abstract can include a maximum of 10 co-authors.

Each abstract should indicate the most appropriate scientific category. The planning committee reserves the right to reassign abstracts if necessary.

  • Cell Aging and Metabolism
  • Cell Fate Conversion
  • Cell Signaling and Niches
  • Cell Therapies
  • Chemical Control of Stem Cell Behavior
  • Chromatin Regulation in Stem Cells
  • Epigenetics of Stem Cells
  • Ethics & Public Policy
  • Gene Therapy
  • Genome Editing
  • Germ Cell Biology & Artificial Gametes
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells
  • Immunology & Stem Cells
  • Modeling Human Disease
  • Neural Stem Cells
  • New Technologies for Controlling & Observing Stem Cell Behavior
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Self-Renewal Mechanisms
  • Social, Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Stem Cells & Cancer
  • Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering
  • Stem Cells in Organ Development
  • Stem Cells, Injury & Regeneration
  • Abstract Text
    Abstracts are limited to 3,000 characters, not including spaces. Abstract text should not include authors, references or acknowledge funding sources.

    Follow the ISSCR Established Guidelines
    The Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa follows the ISSCR in requiring that researchers presenting results or reporting effects of stem cell use in humans must comply with ISSCR’s recommendation for those types of submissions. Abstract submissions must be accompanied by evidence that:
    • Work was performed with cells intended for clinical use (i.e., human cells for allogeneic or autologous transplantation; porcine or other for xeno transplantation into humans)
    • Preclinical proof of concept data exists demonstrating biological effect on disease/injury target OR: Clinical data exists demonstrating safety and/or efficacy of cells

    First authors of accepted abstracts receive admission for the poster presenter to the Scientific Symposium day only. All other authors are required to register. You will be notified of abstract acceptance well before the registration deadline.

    Contact Jake Banfield-Weir, Manager, UC San Diego Stem Cell Program at

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