Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Diseases

July 17-20, 2023
Hosted by the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

VT Stem Cell Conference logo depicting lung scaffolding and construction



This biennial invitational event draws top researchers in the field and their trainees from around the world. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss recent research, explore opportunities for new collaborations, and identify the most important needs and priorities for future programs in stem cell, cell therapy, and bioengineering approaches to explore lung biology and/or prevent and treat lung diseases.

This conference is planned primarily for in-person attendance, including the pre-conference workshop and Monday evening presentations, the poster sessions and the mentoring luncheon. Although virtual attendees are most welcome, it is important to note that the aforementioned sessions and activities are not able to be live-streamed. Virtual attendees will participate in the Scientific Sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, including panel discussions, breakfast sessions and Q&A, and can view the Minute to Win It competition.

Active participation by all participants is important for a conference of this size. Therefore, if you have never attended before and would like to attend without submitting an abstract, please tell us how you heard about the conference and the name of the lab with which you are associated (or simply why you would like to attend) so we can pass this information along to the course directors for their consideration. Your inquiry is welcome. Please email the conference assistant.

Conference Information

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Abstracts and Awards

The abstract submission deadline is April 16, 2023. extended to April 18.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Hands-on Training in state-of-the-art methods and skills in stem cells, cell therapies and bioengineering! Monday, July 17, 2023.

Workshop registrations will close after July 4, 2023.


"Minute to Win It" / Elevator Pitch Competition

Junior Investigators and Trainees whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation will be invited to participate in our "Minute to Win It" competition which promises to be the highlight of the conference, once again!

Two prizes will be awarded.



Accreditation details, claiming credit, and attendance certificates:

Link to Accreditation Information


Room blocks are reserved at two lakefront hotels with shuttle service provided to the conference site. One hotel's room block is full.


Outstanding Abstract Achievement Presentation Awards
and Poster Presentation Awards

Outstanding Abstract Achievement Presentation Awards will be awarded to Junior Investigators and Trainees whose abstracts are selected through a blinded review process. The top seven abstracts will be selected for oral presentation at the conference. Two of the seven trainee awards will specifically be allotted to support participation of women, minorities and/or those with disability. These oral presentation awards will cover the conference registration fee. 

In addition to the oral presentation awards, competitively selected research posters will be judged during the conference in two Thematic Poster Presentation Sessions. Awards will be given to the top poster presentation in each session.

All abstracts must be submitted by April 16, 2023 via an online abstract submission form.

For more details about submitting an abstract, including research categories, see the Awards and Abstracts page.

Optional Pre-Conference Workshop
Hands-on Training in State-of-the-Art Methods in Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering
Monday, July 17, 2023

The Pre-Conference Workshop is a full day program limited to in-person participation. Laboratory Techniques sessions, with the opportunity to attend two of the three options, will be presented in the morning. Sessions will focus on Precision Cut Lung Slices (PCLS), Organoids and Hydrogels, and Application of Flexivent.

A choice of Scientific Skills sessions will be offered in the afternoon. Sessions will address Bioinformatics Analysis and Developing YOur Research Pitch.

Food and networking opportunities will be provided during the day and the workshop will conclude with a plenary session. For more information, see our Pre-Conference Workshop page.

"Minute to Win It" / Elevator Pitch Competition

The 2023 conference will again feature an elevator pitch competition where interested Junior Investigators and Trainees are invited to present a one-minute synopsis of their research. This competition will be judged during Session II on Tuesday, July 18. The top two elevator pitches will receive awards. For more information, see our Elevator Pitch page.

Conference Registration Fees (In-Person / Virtual)

Registrant Type
Ends Dec 20
Regular Registration
Through April 30
Begins May 1
Senior Investigator:$595 / $300$695 /
$795 / $400
Junior Investigator:
(independent group <5 yrs)
$550 / $275$595 /
$695 / $350
(student/grad/postdoc/ fellow)
$450 / $225$495 /
$595 / $300
Industry Representative: $1000 / $800$1200 / $1000
Non-Profit Representative: $750 /
$950 / $750
Virtual Attendees

Virtual attendees will be able to participate in the live scientific sessions June 18-20 by submitting questions via the chat feature. However, the sessions on Monday, June 17 will not be broadcast and will not be available for virtual attendees. Sessions will not be recorded.

Group Discounts

Groups of 5 or more from the same lab are eligible for a discount: The 5th (least expensive) registration from the lab will be free. Please indicate when completing the registration form of the possibility that a large enough group may participate from your lab.

Workshop Registration

Note: The Pre-Conference Workshop is not available for virtual participants.

$150 additional fee for conference registrants - add the workshop when completing the online registration.

$295 for those registering as "Workshop Only" - i.e. not also attending the conference.

Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you need to cancel your registration, please do so by contacting us in writing to by July 1, 2023. You will receive a full refund minus a $150 cancellation fee for in-person registrants, or minus a $75 cancellation fee for virtual registrants. Regrettably, cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund. However, substitutions can be processed at no charge. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can update the contact details in the course syllabus.

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