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Promoting the Science of Tissue Regeneration

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This event is open to ISRB members and non-members!

If you would like to apply to give a short talk or present a poster, please check your registration confirmation email for a link to the application form. 

Abstract submission deadline is June 15th, 2023

Register for conference here


Until June 15, 2023

Early Bird Student or Postdoc  £210

Early Bird Regular £335

June 16-August 10, 2023

Student or Postdoc £260

Regular £400

Sponsors of this meeting

**We are continuing to add new sponsors to this list regularly 





Cells & Development 




  Meeting Schedule:

Saturday, September 2

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

Sunday, September 3 

14:00 – 14:30              President’s Welcome and Scientific Vision, Kenneth Poss, Duke University

Session 1: Models of regeneration

14:30 – 15:00              Peter Reddien, MIT, USA, “Fate choice in planarian regeneration”

15:00 – 15:45              Three speakers selected from abstracts

15:45 – 16:15              Karen Echeverri, MBL, USA, “Molecular mechanisms of spinal cord regeneration: insights from axolotls”

16:15 – 16:45              Coffee break

16:45 – 17:15              Ulrich Technau, Univ of Vienna, “Self-organising regeneration in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis”

17:15 – 18:00              Three speakers selected from abstracts

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

9:00 – 9:30                  Hongkui Deng, Peking University, China, “Chemical-induced epigenetic programming in human cells”

9:30 – 10:30                Four speakers selected from abstracts

10:30 – 11:00              Coffee break

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

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

12:00 – 13:00              ISRB Business meeting

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch (Catered buffet)

14:00 – 15:00              2 Parallel sessions:

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

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

15:00-16:30                 Break

 Session 3: Musculoskeletal and limb regeneration

16:30 – 17:00             Thomas Rando, Stanford, USA, “Metabolic regeneration of muscle stem cell quiescence”

17:00 – 18:00              Four speakers selected from abstracts 

18:00 – 18:30              Elly Tanaka, IMP Vienna, Austria, “Keeping and setting positional memory in axolotl limb regeneration”

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

Tuesday, September 5

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

9:00 – 9:30                  Muriel Perron, CNRS, France, “The drivers and blockers of retinal regeneration”

9:30 – 10:15                Three speakers selected from abstracts

10:15-11:15                New Technology focus: Spatial transcriptomics

11:15 – 11:45             Coffee break

11:45 – 12:30              Three speakers selected from abstracts

12:30 – 13:00              Monica Sousa, Univ. of Porto, Portugal, “The power of exceptions to the rule: how to bridge spinal cord transection in mammals”

13:00 – 14:30              Lunch (Catered buffet), with Career mentoring tables

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

 15:30-16:00                Coffee

         Session 5: Development, aging, and regeneration

 16:00 – 16:30              Aiko Sada, Kumamota University, Japan, “Stem cell dynamics underlying skin regeneration and resilience”

 16:30 – 17:15              Three speakers selected from abstracts

 17:15 – 18:15              Florian Raible, Univ of Vienna, Austria, “Tuning regenerative ability by hormonal state”

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

      Wednesday, September 6

      Session 6: Cardiovascular regeneration

 9:00 – 9:30                 Karina Yaniv, Weizmann Institute, Israel, “Vascular control of organ growth and regeneration”

 9:30 – 10:15               Three speakers selected from abstracts

 10:15 – 10:45             Filipa Simoes, Oxford, UK, “Decoding macrophage spatial heterogeneity in the regenerating heart”

 10:45 – 11:15            Coffee

 11:15 – 11:45            Lionel Christian, NYU, USA, “Cardiopharyngeal development and regeneration in a simple chordate”

 11:45 – 12:30            Three speakers selected from abstracts

 12:30 – 13:00             Eldad Tzahor, Weizmann Institute, Israel, “Cardiac regeneration from animals to patients”

 13:00                            Closing remarks for Main conference

 13:00 – 14:00              Lunch for practical course

 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

Registration is open until June 15. You will be notified of the outcome by June 30th. Cost for course is €100.

Apply for practical course here


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 in June or July about our ability to provide funding and any further information we would need.


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


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