At the crossroad between human embryology and embryonic stem cells: lessons from molecular and morphological analysis

Precongress Course 10

Stem Cells Special Interest Group Stem Cells

Course type

Course co-ordinators
Björn Heindryckx (Belgium)

Course description
With the advancement of molecular techniques making single cell level analysis more and more possible, we have recently gained more insight in the molecular signalling pathways governing human embryo development. Importantly, this information is also very valuable for human embryonic stem cell derivation and affects its efficiency. In this PCC, novel insights in human embryology both on the morphological and molecular level will be correlated with human embryonic stem cell derivation.


Target audience
Embryologists, stem cell researchers, reproductive genetic researchers



Monday 01 January 1900

Bjorn Heindryckx, Belgium
Cristina Eguizabal, Spain
09:00 - 09:30
Influence of embryo characteristics and patient parameters on human embryonic stem cell derivation
Thomas O'Leary, U.S.A.
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Chemically defined conditions for human embryo culture and human embryonic stem cells
Outi Hovatta, Sweden
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Rita Vassena, Spain
Mieke Geens, Belgium
11:00 - 11:30
Studying lineage decision-making in vitro: Emerging concepts and novel tools
Stefan Semrau, The Netherlands
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
Single-cell RNA sequencing on human pre-implantation development
Fredrik Lanner, Sweden
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Sarita Panula, Sweden
Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes, The Netherlands
13:30 - 14:00
Epigenetics: cellular memory erased in human embryos and during stem cell derivation
Ferdinand Von Meyenn, United Kingdom
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
X chromosome inactivation during human embryo development and human embryonic stem cell derivation
Mieke Geens, Belgium
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Bjorn Heindryckx, Belgium
Cristina Eguizabal, Spain
15:30 - 16:00
Different types of pluripotent stem cells: influence of embryonic stage
Roger Pedersen, United Kingdom
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
Genomic aberrations in human embryonic stem cells
Ivana Barbaric, United Kingdom
16:45 - 17:00