|Dr. Yoshiki Sasai
ADr. Yoshiki Sasai, a pioneer in stem cell research, will deliver the 6th annual Sayer Vision Research Lecture on Monday, Apr. 16 at 10 a.m. in Natcher Conference Center. The talk is titled “Self-Organization of Neural Structures in Three-Dimensional Stem Cell Cultures.” The Sayer lecture series honors leaders in interdisciplinary approaches to vision research. Following the talk, the National Eye Institute will host an all-day symposium on stem cell research.
Sasai is director of the organogenesis and neurogenesis group at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, where he studies embryonic neurodevelopment and stem cell biology. He will present his latest research, including results from last year’s Nature cover article (Apr. 7, 2011) demonstrating how his lab induced embryonic stem cells in a Petri dish to form eye-cups that are precursor eyes.
After the lecture, Sasai will join NEI’s Second Symposium on Stem Cells, where other leading scientists will discuss the latest in stem cell approaches used in vision research. The symposium will begin with a lunchtime poster session followed by talks by Drs. David Gamm, Thomas Reh, Sally Temple and Kevin Eggan and ending with a discussion on stem cells hosted by Sasai and Dr. Mahendra Rao, director of the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine.
NEI welcomes all of the NIH community to this event. Registration is limited. To register, visit www.nei.nih.gov/news/stemcells/.