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The inaugural meeting has been a great success by all accounts! Many thanks to our new president Elly Tanaka and her team in Vienna for hosting us. Among the excellent posters and talks our judges have made a selection for awarding cash prizes. These are as follows:

Poster prize winners:

Valentina Cigliola

Spinal cord repair is modulated by the neurogenic factor Hb-egf under direction of a regeneration-associated enhancer

Université Côte d’Azur

Jens Bager Christensen

Gene regulatory networks driving fate acquisition of cerebellar Nestin- expressing progenitors during development and regeneration

University of Cambridge

Julia Kolb

Small leucine-rich proteoglycans inhibit CNS regeneration by modifying the structural and mechanical properties of the lesion environment

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Friederike Kessel

Dynamics of immune cell behaviour after spinal cord injury in zebrafish larvae

Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden

Samuel H. Crossman

Mechanical forces regulate neural progenitor reactivation following spinal cord injury in Zebrafish

Monash University

Leonie Adelmann

Dissecting the hormonal modulation of adult regeneration in the bristle worm

Max Perutz Labs

Talk prize winners:

Çağrı Çevrim

A New Model of Menstruation and Uterine Regeneration

Harvard University

Anna Czarkwiani

De novo thymus regeneration in a vertebrate, the axolotl

Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden

Daniel Osorio-Méndez

A voltage-gated sodium channel, scn8ab, as an essential driver in neurons for appendage regeneration

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jing Lu

Performing de novo reconstruction of neuron networks in asexual planarian using 3D Tissue Imaging by tiling light sheet microscopy.

Westlake University

We look forward to seeing everyone again in Madison 2025!

Sponsors of this meeting





Cells & Development 




  Meeting Schedule:

Saturday, September 2

Practical Course Day 1, Introduction to animal systems and instruction on injury models

Sunday, September 3 

13:45 – 14:30              President’s Welcome and Scientific Vision, Ken Poss, Duke University School of Medicine, USA

Session 1: Models of regeneration sponsored by Morgridge Institute

Chair: Gilbert Weidinger, Ulm University

14:30 – 15:00              Peter Reddien, MIT, USA

Fate choice in planarian regeneration

15:00 – 15:15              T01 Marco De Leon, Institute of Organismic and Biology, Academica Sinica, Taiwan

        How do regenerative animals sense the amputation position to regulate wound healing and



15:15 – 15:30              T02 Melanie Issigonis, Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin

                                        Madison, USA

        A non-ribosomal peptide triggers germ cell regeneration and sexual development in the  

        planarian Schdmidtea mediterranea

15:30– 15:45         T03 Wouter Masselink, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria

The curious case of axolotl tail regeneration:vertebrae segmentation in the absence of somites

15:45 – 16:15              Karen Echeverri, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), USA

Molecular mechanisms of spinal cord regeneration: insights from axolotls

16:15 – 16:45              Coffee

Chair: Shawn Burgess, National Human Genome Research Institute

16:45 – 17:15              Ulrich Technau, University of Vienna, Austria

Self-organising regeneration in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

17:15 – 17:30              T04 Çağrı Çevrim, Harvard University, USA 

A New Model of Menstruation and Uterine Regeneration

17:30 – 17:45 T05 Anna Czarkwiani, Center for Regenerative Therapies, TU Dresden, Germany

De novo thymus regeneration in a vertebrate, the axolotl

17:45 – 18:00 T06 Sumru Bayin, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Divergent mechanisms of development and regeneration in the neonatal mouse cerebellum

18:00 – 18:30              Ashley Seifert, Univ of Kentucky, USA

Cell autonomous and extrinsic regulation of complex tissue regeneration in spiny mice

18:30 – 22:00              Welcome reception and Poster Session 1

Monday, September 4

Session 2: Stem cell models

Chair: Jonathan Slack, University of Bath

9:00 – 9:30                   Hongkui Deng, Peking University, China

        Chemical reprogramming: the path to the next generation of regenerative medicine

9:30 – 9:45                 T07 Camille Curantz, University of Galway, Ireland

Whole-body regeneration from mixed reaggregated cells requires sphingosine signaling

to guide stem cell migration in a Cnidarian

9:45 – 10:00 T08 Eleanor Clark, Northwestern University, USA

BMP Suppresses WNT to integrate patterning of orthogonal body axes in adult planarians

10:00 10:15  T09 Clare Booth, National Cancer Institute, USA

Polarity Re-establishment is a Rate Limiting Factor in the Acquisition of Whole-Body

Regeneration Competence in Developing Planarians

10:15 – 10:30  T10 Suhong Xu, Zhejiang University

Epidermal wound response and repair in C. elegans

10:30 – 11:00               Coffee 

Chair:  Akira Satoh, Okayama University

11:00 – 11:30               Lifetime Achievement Award presentation and talk

Chair:  Prayag Murawala, MDI Biological Laboratory

11:30 – 12:00               Rising Star presentation and talk

12:00 – 13:00               ISRB Business meeting

13:00 – 14:00               Lunch in the cafeteria

14:00 – 15:00              2 Parallel sessions:

ERC funding in regenerative biology area, Veronica Caraffini, ERC Executive Agency

IMP Lecture Hall

NIH funding in regenerative biology area, Mahua Mukhopadhyay, NIH/NICHD

        Seminar Room 1.014/16

15:00-16:15                  Break

 Session 3: Musculoskeletal and limb regeneration

Chair: Nadia Froebisch, Humboldt University, Berlin

16:15 – 16:30              Tribute to David Stocum, Malcolm Maden, University of Florida

16:30 – 17:00              Elly Tanaka, IMP, Vienna, Austria

        Keeping and setting positional memory in axolotl limb regeneration  

17:00 – 17:15 T11 Alberto Rosello-Diez, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Identifying mesenchymal cell populations that are essential to compensate for cartilage

perturbations and give rise to long-lived chondroprogenitors in the fetal mouse limb

17:15 – 17:30 T12 Tetsuo Kon, University of Vienna, Austria

Dynamic genome landscapes of the Hydra stem cells

17:30 – 17:45 T13 Sofia-Christina Papadopoulos, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany

Investigating axolotl metamorphosis and the role of the thyroid hormone pathway

during limb regeneration

17:45 – 18:00 T14 Rita Aires, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Osteoclast-mediated bone resorption is an amputation position- specific event in

axolotl appendage regeneration

18:00 – 18:15 T15 Luthfi Nurhidayat, Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, Netherlands

Decoding Molecular Regulation in Tokay Gecko Tail Regeneration using Bulk and

Single-Cell Transcriptome

18:15 –18:30 T16 Daniel Osorio-Méndez, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

A voltage-gated sodium channel, scn8ab, as an essential driver in neurons for

appendage regeneration

18:30 – 22:00              Dinner and Poster Session 2

Tuesday, September 5

Session 4: Neural regeneration: eyes, brain, and spinal cord

Chair:        Jan Kaslin, Monash University

9:00 – 9:30                  Muriel Perron, CNRS, France

      The drivers and blockers of retinal regeneration

9:30 – 9:45                 T17 Anna Parsons, University of Birmingham, UK

      A crush injury method to the adult Drosophila ventral nerve cord to discover molecular

      mechanisms of CNS regeneration

9:45 – 10:00       T18 Jing Lu, & Hao Xu, Westlake University, China

     Performing de novo reconstruction of neuron networks in asexual planarian using 3D

                                      Tissue Imaging by tiling light sheet microscopy   

10:00 – 10:15        T19 Yuxiao Xu, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Mapping regenerative stem cells during innate spinal cord repair

New Technology focus: Spatial transcriptomics

Chair: Purushothama Rao Tata, Duke University School of Medicine

10:15 –10:35               Sara Milosevic, Science and Technology Advisor, 10x Genomics

Gain a deeper insight into Regenerative medicine with Multiomic single cell analysis and Spatial transcriptomics

10:35 –10:55               Dr. Yen-Yu Lin, Senior Application Scientist, STOmics Europe

                                        Large Field of View-Spatially Resolved Transcriptomics at Nanoscale

10:55 –11:05               Dr. Dries Van Hemelen, Vizgen

In situ genomics at high spatial resolution

11:05 –11:15               GenoImmune Therapeutics   


11:15 – 11:45              Coffee 

Chair: Alessandro De Simone, University of Geneva

11:45 – 12:00              Tribute to Panagiotis Tsonis, Thomas Reh, University of Washington

12:00 – 12:15              T20 Alice Accorsi, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA

Apple snails: a new research organism to study complete camera-type eye regeneration

12:15 – 12:30 T21 Levi Todd, University of Washington, USA

Peripheral immune invasion suppresses mammalian retinal regeneration

12:30 – 12:45 T22 Katia Del Rio-Tsonis, Miami University, USA.

A lens regeneration paradigm

12:45 – 13:15               Monica Sousa, University of Porto, Portugal

        The power of exceptions to the rule: how to bridge spinal cord transection in Mammals

13:15 – 14:45               Lunch (cafeteria), with Career mentoring tables

14:45 – 15:30               Diversity in regeneration, led by Elly Tanaka, IMP Vienna, Austria

   15:30 – 16:00               Coffee

         Session 5: Development, aging, and regeneration

   Chair: Jessica Whited, Harvard University 

 16:00 – 16:30             ISDB-Cells and Development Lecture by Aiko Sada, Kumamoto University, Japan

Stem cell dynamics underlying skin regeneration and resilience

   16:30 – 16:45 T23 Kaitlyn Loubet-Senear, Harvard University, USA

Comparing the cellular contexts and regulatory logic underlying shared genetic

pathways during regeneration and development              

 16:45 – 17:00 T24 Jixing Zhong, EPFL, France

Multi-species atlas resolves an axolotl limb development and regeneration paradox

 17:00 – 17:15 T25 Andreoni-Pham Rita, Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging, Nice, France

Whole body regeneration deploys a rewired embryonic gene regulatory network logic

    17:15 – 17:45             Florian Raible, University of Vienna, Austria

 Exploring a model system for the regulation of regenerative capacity

    19:00 – 22:00             Dinner at Vienna City Hall

      Wednesday, September 6

      Session 6: Cardiovascular regeneration sponsored by Duke Regeneration Center

  Chair: Yarui Diao, Duke University School of Medicine

    9:00 – 9:15 T26 Jun-Ru Lee, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Cell turnover in the planarian epidermis via internalazation and intestinal digestion of old cells                 

    9:15 – 9:30                 T27 Denise Posadas Pena, Ulm University, Germany

BMP/Smad signaling promotes zebrafish heart regeneration by resolving replication stress

9:30 9:45    T28 Ke-Shiuan (Hsuan) Wei, Institute of biomedical sciences in Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Comparative single-cell profiling reveals distinct cardiac resident macrophages essential for

zebrafish heart regeneration

9:45 –10:00 T29 Guo Huang, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Novel insights from mammals of extreme longevity into organ regeneration

  10:00 – 10:15         T30 Sema Elif Eski, IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium     

        Do cellular cousins differ? Comparison between hepatocytes derived from self-renewal vs metaplasia 

  10:15 – 10:30           T31 Catriona Logan, Stanford University, USA

Deletion of a Wnt1/Wnt10b injury-responsive enhancer produces an adipogenesis phenotype in

injured muscle

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

  Chair: Anna Jazwinska, University of Fribourg

    11:00 – 11:30             Lionel Christiaen, NYU

From deterministic cardiac development to regulative whole heart regeneration

  11:30 – 12:00 Karina Yaniv, Weizmann Institute

Vascular control of organ growth and regeneration

          12:00 – 12:30 Filipa Simoes, University of Oxford

Decoding spatial heterogeneity in the regenerating heart

          12:30 – 13:00 Eldad Tzahor, Weizmann Institute

Cardiac regeneration from animals to patients

          13:00 – 13:20            Closing remarks for Main conference

    13:20 – 14:00            Lunch for practical course only

    14:00 – 18:00            Practical course continues, analysis of injuries

ISRB Practical Session on Regenerative Models. September 2-6:

Additional satellite workshop (click here to download the proposed schedule)

Course organizers: Elly Tanaka, Ulrich Technau, Florian Raible, Ken Poss

Spanning the inaugural meeting, the ISRB is organizing a practical course for trainees (undergraduate to postdoc) who want to gain hands-on experience in regeneration model organisms. The course will demonstrate some key experiments using Nematostella, Platenereis, and axolotl such as regeneration from reaggregated cells in Nematostella, and grafting, and electroporation before spinal cord regeneration in axolotl. In addition, lectures on planaria, and zebrafish taken place.

The course starts in the morning of 2 September. Students can examine samples during the meeting and on the afternoon of 6 September for wrap up.

Course restricted to 20 students

You will be notified of the outcome by early July. Cost for course is €100.


The Symposium will take place at the IMP and IMBA institutes on the Campus of the Vienna BioCenter. On arrival please come to the IMP building:

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1

1030 Vienna, AUSTRIA



By plane:

The International Airport Schwechat (VIE) is just outside of Vienna. It serves most European Cities and has also several daily flights to America and Asia. A direct S-Bahn (S7) connects the airport to the Vienna Biocenter (station: St. Marx - 25min ride) (tickets are available directly at the train station).

An alternative airport is the Bratislava Airport (BTS) which is served by several much cheaper airlines. From there, a bus connects to Vienna (approximately 1 hour ride).

By train:

Look for the train offers from the oebb (Austrian Railways) which connect many European cities to Vienna.

By bus:

Check the Eurolines website for connections to many European Cities.


Please note that accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

Below you find our partner hotels in the vicinity of IMP or that are very convenient to reach by foot or public transportation.

Hotel Gabriel

Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 165, 1030 Vienna

To reserve please contact: office(at)


Location: Vienna Posto 2 · Viehmarktgasse

Viehmarktgasse 4, 1030 Vienna

Single room rate: € 105/night excl. breakfast

Please send an e-mail with your booking request to:

mentioning the booking code: VBC SYMPOSIUM

Austria Trend Hotel Doppio

Rennweg 99 / Rinnböckstraße 1, 1030 Vienna

Single room rate: € 105/night incl. breakfast

Booking Link:

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen

Rennweg 16, 1030 Vienna

Single room rate: € 140/night incl. breakfast

Booking Link:


If our fund raising is successful, ISRB would like to offer grants to partially offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at the upcoming inaugural meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form clickbox whether you would like to be considered for a grant. We expect to contact you by July 1 about our ability to provide funding and any further information we would need.

Update: The deadline for abstracts has now passed and the childcare requests will no longer be considered. We are now assessing the applications we have received and will be providing funding shortly.


Travel Assistance for Historically Marginalized Communities in the United States

We are pursuing funding to provide opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities who are graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in the US to receive funding assistance of a one-time grant of $500USD to attend the ISRB Inaugural Meeting in Vienna, Austria, September 3-6, 2023.

  • To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Graduate student, postdoc, faculty or research scientist
  • Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with a Green Card
  • Currently working at a U.S. institution
  • Present a poster and/or talk at the meeting

To apply for this travel grant, please fill out form by clicking the button below. Applicants who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply early for a grant. Support is expected to be limited and would be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Final approval for travel assistance is contingent upon the application review by the conference organizers.

Apply Here


 Meeting registration cancellation with partial refund must be requested in writing by midnight EDT August 1, 2023, by email to, with “ISRB Inaugural Meeting Vienna cancellation” as subject title. A processing fee of £80 will be charged.

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