LIFE SCIENCES SYMPOSIUM

Symposium L1:
Stem Cells 
Coordinator: Erdal Karaöz
Stem cells are undifferantiated cells and they can differantiate into specialized cells. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embriyonic stem cells (pluripotent stem cells), which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues, organs and body fluids. On the other hand, using genetic reprogramming with protein transcription factors, pluripotent stem cells equivalent to embriyonic stem cells have been derived from human adult skin tissue. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. This symposium will focus on recent advances in the studies of adult and induced pluripotent stem cells. 
 

Symposium L2:
Reproductive Biology
Coordinator: Çiler Çelik Özenci
Topics will include recent advances in reproductive biology area regarding basic science and as well as novel microscopy technologies that are being used for IVF patients in clinics. These can be summarized as: novel usage of time-lapse embryo imaging for elective transfer of single “healthy” embryo, techniques and knowledge to select “fertile” spermatozooan, and the effects of freezing/thawing on female gonad, with specific focus on “global” loss of follicle pool, in chemotheraphy patients to preserve their fertility.
 

Symposium L3:
Neuroscience
Coordinator: Selma Yılmazer
Neuroscience is an exciting and dramatically developing area. Diverse and roundbreaking approaches to investigate neural development, neural circuit assembly, synaptic plasticity, molecular basis of behaviour, brain disorders and regenerative neuroscience have led to tremendous breakthroughs in modern neurobiology. These advances have attracted efforts to understand the mechanisms of normal brain functions and to develop therapeutic targets for brain disorders. The goal of this symposium is to focus on new microscopic techniques for imaging of individual neurons, axons, synapses and molecules within neurons, and to discuss the most recent advances in the field and to stimulate new directions in neurobiology research
 

Symposium L4:
Cellular Dynamics
Coordinator: Serap Arbak
Cellular dynamics are fundamental determinants of tissue biology, including cell division, growth, development, and tissue morphogenesis. In many diseases including cancer, cellular dynamics are prominently changed. By discussing Cell Polarity and Development, Cell Polarity and Cancer, Vesicle Traffic, Dynamics of Cell – Cell interactions, Dynamics of Cell – Matrix interactions, Cell migration, investigators will discuss how regulation of dynamic cell behaviour contributes to health and disease. New technologies to analyze the cellular dynamics will be also widely discussed in this session. 
 

Symposium L5:
Cell Death 
Coordinator: Melek Öztürk
The symposium covers the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying cell death modes e.g. apoptosis, programmed necrosis or autophagic cell death in the physiological and pathological processes including cancer, degenerative diseases, immune disorders, ischemia-reperfusion injury and infectious disease; The molecular pathways controlling and mediating programmed cell death; The roles of cell death in new modalities for therapeutic intervention; The relation of cell death in the other biological processes; The advances imaging techniques in the cell death research. 

 

Symposium L6:
Cancer
Coordinator: Gülperi Öktem
Because of the increased investigations of cancer biology at a molecular level the field of cancer research has progressed significantly during the past decade. The presentations in this session will explore the biological mechanism behind cancer and focuses on recent researches that uses cutting edge imaging techniques to identify the cancer cells. Nanotubes in cancer diagnosis and therapy will be discussed. Additionally, we will look at the cancer stem cells and track the cells responsible for tumor initiation. This session also include the use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for cancer therapy and applications of mAbs in cancer diagnosis. 

 

Symposium L7:
Biomaterials Regenerative Medicine
Coordinator: Petek Korkusuz
Embryonic developmental mechanisms for hematopoetic, mesenchymal and endothelial stem-progenitor cells will be discussed in relation with adult stem cell microenvironment and the regeneration paradigm. Some experimental and clinical stem cell biomaterial applications will be discussed by giving examples on bone tissue regeneration with mesenchymal stem cells and regenerative applications of vascular stromal cell fraction. 
 

Symposium L8:
Pathology
Coordinator: Emel Koptagel
This symposium will be focusing on histopathology including the mechanisms of diseases and their pathological findings using several imaging techniques such as histochemistry, immunocytochemistry as well as tumour marker expressions.

 

Symposium L9:
Zoology
Coordinator: Zekiye Suludere
Sample preparation of various biological organisms from single-celled to mammalian animals. Use of electron microscopy in broad range of biological research such as cellular differentiation, reproductive biology, environmental biology, microbiology, cytology, histology, pathology, taxonomy etc.

Symposium L10:

Plant Biology
Coordinator: Meral Ünal
This symposium will address various microscopic approaches in research on algae, fungi and other multicellular organisms, with special emphasis on plants, as well as interactions of these organisms with their environment.

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