The Brazilian Association for Cellular Therapy (ABTCEL) is pleased to welcome you, between October 17-19, 2013 to Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, for the 2013 VIII Meeting: "Stem cells: from quality control to novel derivation procedures." This meeting will receive only 200 attending participants and the acceptance will be according the order of registration. In addition, from October 21 to 23 practical classes for a group of 20 students will be held at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro (to be selected among those registered exclusively for practical classes).
Purpose of the event
The area of cell therapy, especially those using stem cells, has evolved amazingly in recent years and is considered one of the most promising choices for patients affected with a range of diseases currently without appropriate therapy.
In Brazil, the number of researchers involved in this field is growing every day. The updating of techniques, procedures and research & development routines is essential to make safe and effective therapies available to the society. The number of researchers, undergraduate and graduate students has increased significantly and the support of funding agencies like CAPES, CNPq and other state agencies are fundamental to prepare a new generation of highly qualified scientists.
Brazil is being increasingly recognized as a significant player in the field of Cell Therapy, particularly concerning adult stem cell-based treatments. The advances, mainly in the last decade, have boosted the number of graduate programs in the fields related to cell therapies, bioengineering and biotechnology, a direct result of the significant progress obtained by researchers in the leading Brazilian institutions involved in Education and Research.
The events such as ABTCEL 2013: "Stem cells: from quality control to novel derivation procedures" will allow all participants, and especially students, to discuss new methodologies, build networking with colleagues, share skills, and contribute to a solid intellectual base in the area, as well as strengthening the Brazilian National Network for Cellular Therapy (RNTC).