20th Anniversary Conference

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

July 7-10, 2025

Hosted by the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

New Conference Co-Chair for 2025!

Robert Hynds

Robert Hynds, PhD
University College London, UK
NEW Conference
Co-Chair ~ 2025
Jr Comm Chair ~ 2023

Amy Ryan emeritus chair

Amy Ryan, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Co-Chair ~ 2025
Conference Chair
2021 ~ 2023

Dan Weiss emeritus conference chair

Dan Weiss, MD, PhD
University of Vermont
Conference Chair
2005 ~ 2015

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.

Optional Pre-Conference Workshop
Hands-on Training in State-of-the-Art Methods in Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering
Monday, July 7, 2025

The Pre-Conference Workshop is a full day program featuring hands-on training in state-of-the-art techniques in stem cells, cell therapies and bioengineering. Scientific skills sessions are often offered, as well.

The workshop is geared primarily toward trainees and junior investigators, at a price designed to encourage them to participate and learn new techniques in the field, but all investigators (excluding those representing industry) are welcome to attend.

Until the program for the 2025 workshop is posted here, you can view the 2023 Pre-Conference Workshop agenda.


Conference Information

Coming SOON:

  • Draft 2025 conference program and
  • Pre-conference workshop agenda.

As an example of the quality and breadth of this course, you can view the most-recent program here:

Abstracts and Awards


Pre-Conference Workshop

Hands-on Training in state-of-the-art methods and skills in stem cells, cell therapies and bioengineering! Monday, July 7, 2025.

Coming SOON: all the details for the 2025 workshop.

In the meantime, click below to see the details about the 2023 workshop.


"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 a highlight of the conference, once again!


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 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation at the conference. Two of the 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 Poster Presentation Sessions. Awards will be given to the top poster presentation in each session.

More details to come.

"Minute to Win It" / Elevator Pitch Competition

The 2023 conference featured an elevator pitch competition where Junior Investigators and Trainees presented a one-minute synopsis of their research. The top two elevator pitches received awards. We hope this feature will be back in 2025.

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