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Special Issue Call for Papers:
Stem cell-based
embryo models

Submissions due: 30 September 2020
Submit your paper now!

Stem Cell Reports will publish a special issue of the journal with a focus on stem cell-based embryo models.

It has recently become clear that stem cells can form embryo-like structures in the dish. These embryo models recapitulate important elements of coordinated embryonic and extraembryonic specification, patterning and morphogenesis. Their controllability and scalability promise to yield new concepts and approaches to understand previously inaccessible aspects and stages of development without using intact embryos.

Invited Reviews

  • Opportunities and challenges with stem cell-based embryo models
    Janet Rossant, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, and The Gairdner Foundation, Canada; Patrick Tam, Children’s Medical Research Institute, and the University of Sydney, Australia
  • From embryos to embryoids: how external signals and self-organization drive embryonic development
    Jelena Raspopovic and Luciano Marcon, Centro Andaluz de BiologĂ­a del Desarrollo (CABD), CSIC-Universidad Pablo de Olavide-Junta de AndalucĂ­a, Spain
  • Self-organized signaling in stem cell models of embryos
    Lizhong Liu, Rice University, US; Aryeh Warmflash, Rice University, US
  • Synthetic biology tools and concepts for embryo models: from new perturbative tools to informative toy models
    Leonard Morsut, University of Southern California, US
  • Bioengineering tools for embryo model development
    Katharina Sonnen, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands; Alex Hughes, University of Pennsylvania, US; Matthias Lutolf, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Non-human primates as a model for human development
    Tomonori Nakamura, Kyoto University, Japan; Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Modelling human development with non-primate bilaminar disc embryos
    Ramiro Alberio, The University of Nottingham, UK; Tohihiro Kobayashi, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan; Azim Surani, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • All models are wrong, but some are useful: establishing standards for stem cell-based embryo models
    Eszter Posfai, Princeton University, US; Harry Leitch, MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, UK; Fredrik Lanner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Stem cell-based embryo models of early development: The need for improved naming conventions
    Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Rice University, US; Daniel S Wagner, Rice University, US; Aryeh Warmflash, Rice University, US
  • Biomedical and societal impacts of in vitro embryo models
    Alfonso Martinez Arias, University of Cambridge, UK; Naomi Moris, University of Cambridge, UK; Cantas Alev, Kyoto University, Japan; Martin Pera, The Jackson Laboratory, US
Submissions due: 30 September 2020
Submit your paper now!


Guest Editors

Nicolas Rivron
Group Leader, Laboratory of Synthetic Development, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA)
Jianping Fu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor