November 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Our ability to study the first stages of life is profoundly changing. Come learn about the science and discuss the ethics on these frontiers.

Event Details

WHEN: November 4, 2020

WHERE: Virtual via BlueJeans Events- Link will be sent to registered attendees

WHAT: A timely and exciting event that will focus on the latest advances in modeling early human development and provide a forum to discuss both the scientific and ethical dimensions of newly developed technologies. Our speakers will examine cutting-edge methods such as extended in vitro embryo models; chimeras of animal hosts seeded with human cells; the use of human induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs) to generate germ cell precursors and embryo-like structures; and curing forms of infertility by uterine transplantation.

Confirmed external speakers:

  • Janet Rossant (University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children)
  • Magda Zernicka-Goetz  (Caltech)
  • Insoo Hyun (Case Western University)
  • Jianping Fu (University of Michigan)

Confirmed internal speakers:

  • Nicholas Plachta
  • Guo-Li Ming
  • Katherine O’Neill
  • Kotaro Sasaki
  • Kurt Barnhart

This event is free and open to the public. REGISTER to receive a link to the event, submit an abstract for lightning talk consideration, and sign up to present a poster. This event will not be recorded, though posters will be visible to general audiences (see details below).

Lightning Talk & Poster Instructions

If you wish to be considered for a live 1 slide, 90 second lightning talk during the event, you must indicate your preference during registration and submit an abstract no later than Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

If you wish to present a poster, you must indicate you preference during registration. Please submit an abstract and poster image file (PNG) no later than Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 PM Eastern. You may include a short video overview of your poster if desired.

Please send abstract and posters via email to yaroshc@pennmedicine.upenn.edu with subject line, “SUBMISSION for Nov 4 Symposium.”

Abstracts must include:

  • Title
  • Authors and Affiliations- please denote the presenter in the list of authors
  • 250 words or fewer describing your research

Please note that due to the open, public, and virtual format for this event, posters will be visible to a wider audience than a typical conference poster session. Exercise discretion when selecting data that have not been previously published or disclosed.