Francqui Chair 2018-2019 awarded to Prof. dr. Cédric Blanpain

Francqui Chair 2018-2019 awarded to Prof. dr. Cédric Blanpain

Mechanisms regulating pluripotent stem cells

The Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the VUB has the honour to invite you to the inaugural  lecture of the Francqui Chair 2018-2019 awarded to: 
Prof. dr. Cédric Blanpain, WELBIO investigator and director of the laboratory of stem cells and cancer at the ULB
The inaugural lecture will focus on Mechanisms regulating pluripotent stem cells 
The Chair consists of a series of 5 lectures:

  1. 22-Feb      12:30   Inaugural lecture followed by a reception
  2. 01-March  12:30   Lecture 2: Cardiovascular progenitors and heart development
  3. 03-May     12:30   Lecture 3: Epithelial stem cells and their plasticity 
  4. 10-May     12:30   Lecture 4: Stem cells and the cellular origin of cancer
  5. 17-May     12:30   Lecture 5: Cancer stem cells and tumor heterogeneity

Venue: Auditorium Vanden Driessche

Friday, 22 February, 2019 - 12:30
Campus: Brussels Health Campus

Prof. dr. Cédric Blanpain
Cédric Blanpain is full professor, WELBIO investigator and director of the laboratory of stem cells and cancer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research group uses multidisciplinary approaches to study the role of stem cells during development, homeostasis and cancer. His group studies the early steps controlling cardiovascular progenitor specification, early lineage commitment and differentiation. They demonstrated the master regulator function of Mesp1 in promoting cardiovascular progenitor specification and differentiation. Using novel lineage tracing strategy to temporally mark and follow the fate of single cardiac progenitor during the early step of gastrulation, they demonstrated the existence of distinct populations of Mesp1 progenitors that contribute to different cell lineages and different regions of the heart. Using single RNA-seq, they identified the molecular features associated with early lineage restriction and regional segregation of the heart at the early stage of mouse gastrulation. Cédric Blanpain received several prestigious awards including EMBO Young investigator award, ERC starting and ERC consolidator grants, the outstanding young investigator award of the International Society of Stem Cell Research 2012, the Liliane Bettencourt award 2012. He has been elected member of the EMBO, the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, and the Academia Europa.

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