The NIH PCTC Cardiovascular Bioengineering Symposium, 1-2 March 2019, Sydney, Australia

The fifth NIH Progenitor Cell Translational Consortium (PCTC) Cardiovascular Bioengineering (CVBE 2019) Symposium will be held in Sydney, Australia on the 1st and 2nd of March 2019. The two day meeting will bring together a faculty of internationally leading scientists from North America, Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.

Stem Cell Training at Stanford University

Drs. Vittorio Sebastiano and Ngan Huang may offer training courses at Stanford University in April/May 2019:

  • Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology (one week)

  • iPSC cardiovascular Differentiation (one week)

The courses focus on the biology of human pluripotent stem cells. Students learn differentiation methods, state-of the art protocols for the derivation, expansion and characterization of iPSCs.

For a course description, see attachments below from past courses.

PCTC Visiting Scholar Award Program - Request for Proposals

PCTC Visiting Scholar Funding Opportunities

This Request for Proposals provides funding for PCTC Visiting Scholar Awards up to $25,000 for collaboration and exchange of expertise among PCTC Research Hubs.

Steering Committee Conference Call

We have scheduled the next PCTC Steering Committee conference call for:

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 3:00-4:00 PM, EST (2-3 PM, CST, 1-2 PM, MST, 12-1 PM, PST)

Conference dial-in number: 1-800-882-3610, enter passcode 5748013 followed by #.

Meeting materials will be sent out in mid-January 2019.

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:00
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hiPSC Course, Center for Regenerative Medicine (April 1-5, 2019, Boston)

The Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston University Medical Center is offering a five-day course (April 1-5, 2019) that will focus on deriving, maintaining, characterizing and differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Small class size will enable researchers to learn the entire process of reprogramming from somatic cell preparation, to reprogramming methodologies, iPSC identification, isolation and characterization, and current approaches to their directed differentiation into endodermal and lung lineages.

Steering Committee Meeting, April 24, 2019

PCTC Steering Committee Meeting: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Location: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),
[Room: Conference B/C] 
6701 Rockledge Drive, Rockledge II, Bethesda, MD 20892

An all-day NHLBI Progenitor Cell Translational Consortium (PCTC) Steering Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Regenerative Medicine Funding Opportunity Announcements

NIH has developed a recorded Webinar to assist applicants to the 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcements for the Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project (RMIP) with preparing the most responsive applications possible.

PCTC “Jump-Start” Awards

PCTC Jump Start Award Program


To provide the PCTC with a mechanism to quickly award small grants to junior faculty (less than 5 years from their appointment to Assistant Professor), Research Associates, Graduate Students, Fellows and Postdocs to support a well-defined specific aim. The aim should involve at least one of the following, with priority given to proposals that incorporate two:

1.     The application of new technology to an existing translational research question

Long-term Contractile Activity and Thyroid Hormone Supplementation Produce Engineered Rat Myocardium with Adult-Like Structure and Function - Research Hub 07

Drs. Bursac, Jackman and Li show that a combination of low-rate (0.2 Hz) contractile activity and thyroid hormone (T3) supplementation significantly promote structural and functional maturation of engineered rat cardiac tissues (cardiobundles). [04Aug2018 Acta Biomater]

Read more:

Long-term Contractile Activity and Thyroid Hormone Supplementation Produce Engineered Rat Myocardium with Adult-Like Structure and Function

C. Jackman, H. Li, N. Bursac

“Effective Metabolic Approaches for the Energy Starved Failing Heart” – Zhang (UAB) Research Hub 07

Drs. Jianyi Zhang and E. Dale discuss ATP generation and utilization in the energy starved, failing heart. [19Jul2018 Circulation Research: VIEWPOINTS]

Read More:

Effective Metabolic Approaches for the Energy Starved Failing Heart

Bioenergetic Resiliency via Redundancy or Something Else?

Jianyi Zhang, E. Dale Abel


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