Virtual Conference: Next Generation Human Disease Models in Neuroscience

Registration Details

Friday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

The ability to create pluripotent stem cells from human cells has radically changed the landscape of studying the mechanisms of human diseases. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), organoid technology, and cellular reprogramming methods are providing new insight into how the brain develops, matures, and ages, and how these patterns are altered by neurological disorders. By using human cells rather than animal models, these techniques allow researchers to better capture the genetic diversity of the human population. This virtual conference will explore how leaders in the field are using cellular reprogramming methods to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular underpinnings of neurological disorders, as well as to screen for potential treatments.

This virtual conference serves as a complement to SfN’s Training Series: Stem Cells and Reprogramming Methods for Neuroscience. While it is recommended you view some resources before attending the virtual conference, you can participate without doing so.

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SfN members, including Institutional Program members, are able to register for the virtual conference at the special member rate of $95, saving $105.

Not an SfN member? Nonmembers can register for the virtual conference at the registration rate of $200. Join SfN or renew your membership to register for the virtual conference at the special member rate of $95 (saving $105) and receive access to other SfN member benefits.

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Contact us if you have questions. Email or call (202) 962-4000.


Why Should You Attend?

This conference is intended to be applicable to individuals who are interested in development and use of iPSCs, organoids, or other in vitro models used in neuroscience research.

  • Hear from leaders in the field and gain new insight for your research.
  • Ask questions and get answers from experts — each session will be accompanied by a Q&A opportunity.
  • Network with other attendees from around the world in the interactive networking lounge.
  • Avoid travel costs and learn about cutting-edge research from the comfort of your home, classroom, or lab.
  • Host watch parties with students and colleagues — only one registration is required. Please find information about watching in a group and using second screen participation links for individuals who are not registered here.
  • Enjoy six months of on-demand access. Can’t make it for the live day or want to watch the talks again? All sessions and data blitz videos are immediately available on demand.



Lorenz Studer, MD
Lorenz P. Studer, MD
Lorenz Studer is the director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and a member of the developmental biology program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His lab has established many of the currently available techniques for turning pluripotent stem cells into the diverse cell types of the nervous system. His primary research interest is in regenerative medicine, and he leads a multidisciplinary consortium to pursue the clinical application of human stem cell-derived dopamine neurons for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
Marius Wernig
Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
Marius Wernig is an associate professor of pathology at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. He graduated with an MD/PhD from the Technical University of Munich, where he trained in developmental genetics in the lab of Rudi Balling. After completing his residency in neuropathology and general pathology at the University of Bonn, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Rudolf Jaenisch at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Stanford faculty in 2008.

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