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ISSCR 2009 meeting: what’s changed from last year?

I asked that question over and over. Common responses were that discussions of iPS cells were less prominent (except at the poster sessions) and talks about tissue-specific stem cells more so. People I spoke with generally felt there was greater variety in topics and presenters than they’d seen before; though at least one felt there was an over-reliance on “ISSCR’s established speakers.” Several thought the meeting, which at around 3,100 attendees was the biggest yet, was growing too large, making attendance a good way to get an overview of related specialties and network, but not as effective for keeping up in one’s own field. General consensus was that most talks described recently published or accepted work. There was a lot of new content in two very jam-packed poster sessions, together exhibiting well over 1000 posters (the numbers went into the 1750s!) 

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