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Thursday 17th November 2016



The Pedrocchi Café was founded in the 18th century in central Padua. Because of its central location and proximity to the seat of government, the café soon became the cultural and commercial center and meeting place for students, artists, writers and patriots. It was also the scene of the 1848 student uprisings against the dominant Austrian, as evidenced by the souvenir plates on the wall of white room, and meeting place for Italian and international writers and artists such as Stendhal, Lord Byron, D ‘ Annunzio, Eleonora Duse and the futurist Marinetti.  The cafè is also called “the cafè with no doors” because it is opened day and night since 1916.

Via VIII Febbraio, 15, 35122 Padova PD



Clinical advances in cell therapy and tissue engineering

Chairpersons: A. Uccelli (Italy) & P. De Coppi (UK)

09.00: Tissue engineering at bedside: the paradigm of corneal reconstruction, P. Rama (Italy)

09.25: Regenerative Medicine as tissue/organ replacement: The challenge of Tissue Engineering, P. De Coppi (UK)

09.50: Cell Therapy of Multiple Sclerosis at bedside, A. Uccelli (Italy)

10.15: Regenerative Medicine as tissue/organ regeneration: the new approach of extracellular vesicles, B. Bussolati (Italy)

10.40: Bioethics of clinical applications, C. Petrini (Italy)

11.05: Coffee Break (Caffè Pedrocchi).


Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs)

Chairpersons: B. Zavan (Italy) & A. Pessina (Italy)

11.30: Opinion and evolving concept on mesenchymal stem cells, L. Sensebè (France)

11.55: Mechanisms of immune modulation by mesenchymal stem cells, A. Viola (Italy)

12.20: The potential of mesenchymal stem cells as vehicles for drug delivery, A. Pessina (Italy)


Focus on Cell Factories

Chairpersons: M. Krampera (Italy) & A. Pessina (Italy)

12.45: GMP facilities for cell therapy: comparing challenges for a private company and for a public hospital, M. Jurga (Belgium), L. Lazzari (Italy)

13.20: End of Session

13.30: Lunch



Paracrine signalling

Chairpersons: G. Gerosa (Italy) & A. Viola (Italy)

15.00: Regulation of immune responses by extracellular vesicles and potential applications for immunotherapy of cancer and infectious diseases, PD Robbins (USA)

15.25: Mesenchymal stern cell-derived extracellular vesicles as immune modulators, M. Muraca (Italy)

15.50: Bioethics of research, M. Condic (USA)

16.15: Coffee Break (Caffè Pedrocchi).


New perspectives in cell therapy

Chairpersons: A. Rosato (Italy) & M. Dominici (Italy)

16.40: Session A: Key lecture: Multiple Players in Cancer Immunotherapy: From MSC to CAR, M. Dominici (Italy)

17.05: Extracellular vesicle-shuttled mRNA in mesenchymal stem cell communication paradigm, A. Cherubini (Italy)

17:20: Extracellular vesicles as potential biomarker for acute GVHD, G. Lia (Italy)

17:35: Session B: Key lecture: Adoptive immunotherapy with tumor antigen-specific redirected Citokine-Induced Killer (CIK) cells, A. Rosato (Italy)

18:00: Non coding RNA expression by high throughput sequencing profiles of Extracellular Vesicles in human Hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines, A. Berardi (Italy)

18:15: Human Platelet Lysates for Human-based, Xeno-free Stem Cell Culture, G. Gstraunthaler (Austria)

18:30: End of Sessions

21.00: Social Dinner at Museo di Storia della Medicina (MUSME), Via San Francesco 94, Padua.