2017 Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Diseases Conference


The conference features an exciting faculty and cutting edge presentations on the current issues in the field. A continuing focus of this meeting is to promote rising young junior faculty and trainees.  As such, the program format includes:

1)      One-to-two oral presentations in each session assigned to pre-selected promising junior faculty and trainees;

2)      An additional nine oral presentations reserved for junior faculty and trainees based on a competitive abstract selection process (see link on next page for more details on this);

3)      Expanded awards for trainees and junior investigators

4)      A new, prominent focus on the ethical, regulatory and commercialization aspects of stem cell therapies and bioengineering approaches for lung diseases;

5)      An opportunity for one-on-one or small group mentoring on Tuesday, as well as a new conference feature: an elevator pitch competition for young scientists;

6)      Division of competitively selected research posters into two focused moderated Thematic Poster Sessions on Wednesday afternoon; and

7)      Once again, presentations on building careers in this field offered by members of the NHLBI and others.

Although the meeting is restricted to a limited number of participants, we strongly encourage you to bring graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or other trainees from your laboratory who are actively involved in stem cell, cell therapy, or lung bioengineering research. We further encourage junior investigators to submit an abstract for consideration of oral presentation.  Unfortunately, we cannot cover expenses for each accompanying trainee, but we will cover expenses (travel, housing, registration) for the nine top abstracts chosen for oral presentations.  One of the 9 trainee travel awards will specifically be allotted to support participation of women, minority, and/or disabled participants.

We are also introducing two new features in the 2017 conference for trainees: a poster competition and a one-minute elevator pitch competition where two trainees in each category will compete at the conference for reimbursement of conference fees. See next page for deadlines and link to abstract submission form.

Due to popular request, we will repeat an expanded hands-on session scheduled during the day on Monday, July 27th 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.  Further information about that session available below.

Present and past sponsors include the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in conjunction with, amongst others, the Alpha-1 Foundation, American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.  We are also working to engage other sponsors.  Most meals will be provided at the conference (see next page for specific information), and CME credit will be offered.


Please note:  Early registration discount is available until April 1.   Please register soon!                                                                                

Link to Conference Registration Form

Link to Conference Agenda  

Link to Trainee/Junior Researcher Awards Information

Link to Abstract Submission Form



ü    April 1, 2017:                 Last Day for Early Registration Discount

ü    May 1, 2017:                  Abstracts due for oral and poster consideration*

ü    June 1, 2017:                  Notification of selected abstracts for oral presentation

ü    June 1, 2017:                  Deadline for all other Poster Abstracts* 




Early Registration

By April 1, 2017

Regular Rate

Late Registration

After June 26, 2017

Junior Investigator / Trainee




Senior Investigator / Other





Contact:          University of Vermont CME Office; http://www.med.uvm.edu/cme

Conference Assistant:  Michele Morin (Michele.Morin@med.uvm.edu)

Phone: 802-656-2292              Fax: 802-656-1925                 

Housing Options

  1. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Hotel (870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT). Reservations must be made by June 30, 2017 to receive this special rate.   (We recommend that reservations be made as early as possible as the room block has filled quickly in the past.)

Rates: $145/night, single/double occupancy

http://www.sheratonburlington.com/        888-627-7125

Room block name: UVM Stem Cell Research Conference


  1. A small block of less expensive rooms is also available at the Windjammer Inn/Best Western. (1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT)  This hotel is a little further away from campus, however, the room does include a $10/night restaurant voucher for weekday reservations.

Rate: $109/night, single/double occupancy

http://www.bestwesternburlingtonvt.com/      800-371-1125

Room block name: UVM Stem Cell Research Conference


  1. On campus housingis also available.  Price range ~ $78/night, single rooms, shared bathrooms (not inclusive of taxes and fees). For more information, please click here:  www.regonline.com/2017stemcelllodging

Airport Shuttle

Both the Sheraton and the Windjammer Inn/Best Western have a complimentary airport Shuttle available for pickup.  After you’ve retrieved your luggage, please call the appropriate hotel for pickup.

            Sheraton:  802-865-6600        Windjammer Inn/Best Western:   802-863-1125


The Burlington International Airport is located 10 minutes from the University of Vermont and has direct flights to most Northeastern and mid-Atlantic hubs.  



A UVM shuttle bus will run at appropriate times between the Sheraton Hotel and the Davis Center. 



There will be a welcoming reception Monday evening, July 24, at the Sheraton. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on July 25-27 at the Davis Center on the University campus.  On Wednesday evening there will be a Lake Champlain dinner cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, price included for conference registrants.  Additional fee required for guests.



All participants are strongly encouraged to present a poster describing current research.  Trainees applying for a Travel Award, including the women-minority-disabled travel award, should submit a poster abstract by May 1, 2017.  All other abstracts must be submitted by June 1, 2017 to be included in the conference booklet.