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Making Movies of Stem Cells and Embryos: Experts to Demonstrate Super-High-Tech Biological Imaging Technologies

An Academy symposium will feature talks by internationally recognized stem cell biologists and biochemists.

Published October 27, 2010

Cutting-edge technologies such as nano-scale video cameras are now being used inside high-throughput screens and microfluidics devices. Movies can provide clinical and translational researchers with important information about how and why the appearance of stem cells and embryos change. The tools have profound implications for understanding the biological function of stem cells and, potentially, diagnosing various illnesses.

At the upcoming New York Academy of Sciences scientific symposium “Lights, Cells, Action! Tracking Digital Embryos and Dynamic Phenotypes”, industry experts will discuss their use of high-throughput genetic screens and “Lab-on-a-Chip” technologies. They will present cutting-edge research that uses microfluidics devices to gather large-scale quantitative data about complex systems, and they’ll describe new super-high-tech approaches to understanding how biological systems react to and interact with their micro-environments. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion featuring all speakers.

WHAT: A Scientific Symposium:
Lights, Cells, Action! Tracking Digital Embryos and Dynamic Phenotypes

WHO : Speakers:
Benjamin Haley, PhD, Genentech
Philipp Keller, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ihor Lemischka, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Hang Lu, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
Stanislav Shvartsman, PhD, Princeton University

WHEN: Friday, November 19, 2010 • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, NY, NY 10007

This symposium is presented by the New York Academy of Sciences' Hot Topics in Life Sciences Discussion Group. For more information see

* Media must register in advance by contacting Adrienne Burke, Director, Public Outreach, The New York Academy of Sciences, at, 212.298.8655.

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