Figure 1.  SCI delegates in IPSC Seminar and Workshop Singapore

In order to follow development in stem cell technology, two delegates from the Stem Cell and Cancer Institute, Christine Ayu (Research Assistant in Stem Cell Division) and Yuyus Kusnadi, Ph.D (Principal Investigator in Stem Cell Division), were sent to join the seminar and workshop “Frontiers in induced pluripotent stem cells: regenerative medicine”. The event, organized by MACS Miltenyi in collaboration with A* Singapore, was held on 30-31 August 2017 at National Heart Center, Singapore.

This seminar was attended by scientists, researchers, and graduate and doctorate students. This seminar was filled with the exposure of research by A* Singapore which has widely used induced pluripotent stem cell in modelling a disease. Some types of illnesses have been modeled by iPSC, including degenerative diseases, such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, CADASIL, etc. After listening to the material exposure in the seminar, delegates attended the workshop about iPSCs differentiation into cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells. Here, the delegates were given the opportunity to perform the basic steps of iPSC culture and differentiation process as well as the observation and identification of differentiated cell’s characteristics.

Through the opportunity that SCI's two representatives have participated in, SCI continued to commit itself to be in line with new technology in order to contribute toward health researches, in line with Kalbe's motto "The Scientific Pursuit of Health for a Better Life."

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