Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Diseases 

July 24-27, 2017
Hosted by the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT


This bi-annual invitational event draws top researchers in the field, and their trainees, from around the globe. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss current research, explore opportunities for new collaborations, and identify the most important needs and priorities for future progress in stem cell, cell therapy, and bioengineering approaches to explore lung biology and/or prevent and treat lung disease.

Although this conference is by invitation only, if you would like to attend, please tell us how you heard about the conference and the name of the lab with which you are associated (or why you would like to attend) so we can pass this information along to the course directors for their consideration. Your inquiry is welcome. Please email the conference assistant:

Pre-Conference Hands on Workshop, Monday, July 24

Due to popular request, we will repeat an expanded hands-on session scheduled during the day on Monday, July 24th designed to provide opportunities for all investigators and trainees to learn up-to-date techniques relevant for lung stem cell, cell therapy, and bioengineering work. Please see Workshop link on the right side toolbar for more information. 

Earn Academic Credit - Regenerative Medicine Course

Earn academic credit while attending the conference by enrolling in the new UVM Larner College of Medicine course in regenerative medicine. To learn more: CLICK HERE.

Travel Awards (Application Deadline, Monday, May 1)

Nine Oral Presentation Travel Awards reserved for junior faculty and trainees will be selected through a blinded abstract review process. Trainees applying for a Travel Award, including the women-minority-disabled travel award, should submit a poster abstract by May 1, 2017.

Please use the standard ATS format for abstract presentation. Recommended poster size is 3' x 5'; poster boards and pushpins will be available at the poster session. Thematic poster sessions will happen at specific times during the conference. Please refer to the agenda for specific information. A Sample Abstract is available for review. 

John W. Walsh Memorial Travel Scholarship

John W. Walsh was the creator and leader of several successful businesses when he became a co-founder of the Alpha-1 Foundation in 1995. 

John W. Walsh

He served for more than 20 years as the Foundation's president and CEO, dedicating the rest of his life to seeking new treatments and ultimately a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. He became known as the leading voice internationally for the Alpha-1 community, as a tireless advocate for research, clinical care, and legislation to benefit people with the lung and liver diseases related to Alpha-1.

The pulmonary community mourns his passing.

As a long-term supporter of the Vermont Stem Cell Conference, we are honored to announce a travel scholarship in John's name. Funded by the Alpha-1 Foundation, the travel award will support participation in the conference of a promising young investigator, trainee or junior faculty through a competitive abstract application.

Poster Presentation Abstract (Application Deadline, June 1)

All participants are strongly encouraged to present a poster describing current research. Abstracts must be submitted by June 1, 2017 to be included in the conference booklet.

Poster Award

Two poster awards will be decided based on a competitive scoring process at the conference. These awardees will receive a reimbursement of conference fees. 

Elevator Pitch Competition

A new feature of the 2017 conference is a one-minute elevator pitch competition where interested trainees are invited to present a one-minute synopsis of their work. This will be judged during the competition during Session IV on Wednesday, July 26. The trainees with the top two elevator pitches will receive a reimbursement of conference fees. 


A variety of lodging is available. Please note that the room blocks sometimes fill quickly; we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure your preferred location. The discounted Sheraton room rates expire on June 30. Please see Lodging link on the right side toolbar for more information. 

Other Information

Please review the "General Participant Information" for further details. 


Please CLICK HERE to register for the conference.