CorEuStem Symposium 2023 in Lisbon

CorEuStem Symposium 2023 in Lisbon


The European Network for Stem Cell Core Facilities



Standardizing Stem Cell Core Facilities 

in Europe 

a CorEuStem Symposium



27-28 April 2023

Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome message


Dear CorEuStem member,





Meeting venue

CorEuStem Symposium on Standardizing Stem Cell Core Facilities in Europe will take place at Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon.

The D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud and Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud Foundation was created by the will of António de Sommer Champalimaud and is primarily focused on advanced biomedical research and providing translational, interdisciplinary clinical care. The Foundation utilises synergies and collaborations in all areas of its activity.

The Champalimaud Foundation uses a novel methodology of Fusion Research, which seeks to bridge the gap between the research developed in the laboratory and the clinical application of our scientific advances. The result is an environment of research-based clinics, clinically based research and advanced technology underlying all areas.

The Champalimaud Foundation carries out research in cutting-edge fields and strives to stimulate discoveries that benefit people, and to promote new standards of knowledge. It is at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, that the Foundation develops its activity in the areas of neuroscience and cancer. This is done through both research programmes and the provision of clinical services of excellence. It also has an outreach programme to fight blindness. The Champalimaud Foundation aims to promote the health and well-being of humankind by seeking to actively participate in the search for solutions that can alleviate the burden of disease on societies and individuals.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is located in the historic riverside area of Belém, in Lisbon.


Champalimaud Foundation
Avenida Brasília
1400-038 Lisboa – Portugal


Transfer bus will be assured every day from Hotel Praia Mar to Champalimaud Foundation and back for all invited participants.


How to get to Champalimaud Foundation (by public transports):


From the airport (approximately 1h ride): metro Red line until Alameda (direction São Sebastião), Metro Green line to Cais do Sodré (direction Cais do Sodré), Train to Algés (direction Cascais or Oeiras), walk circa 10 min until Champalimaud Foundation


From Hotel Praia Mar (approximately 40min ride): walk circa 10 min until Carcavelos train station, Train to Algés (direction Cais do Sodré/Lisboa), walk circa 10 min until Champalimaud Foundation.


Coffee break & Poster sessino will take place in the Exhibition Room of Champalimaud Foundation.

The organizers will ensure transportation (bus shuttle) from Hotel Praia-Mar (Carcavelos Beach Hotel) to the symposium venue and back on both symposium days.

Set between Lisbon and Cascais, and quietly located facing the largest sandy beach of the Lisbon Estoril shoreline, Hotel Praia-Mar (Carcavelos Beach Hotel), timeless and contemporary, is the first city hotel by the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is absolutely perfect if you want to stay near the city of Lisbon and simultaneously on a quiet beach with a wonderful panorama at the same time.


The interior design of this beach hotel, concept of the late 60s, offers the best that modern basic European interior design can achieve, and provides the ideal atmosphere for a leisurely stay, rest or work. Pure tranquility and seaside escape.

The panoramic “Rosa dos Ventos” Restaurant, on the top floor, with superb oceanfront views, offers the very best in Portuguese cuisine and remains a popular place for social events and fine banquets.

Its convenient location, close to Lisbon, and with easy access by air from around Europe, exceptional service, and quality facilities, also make the Praia-Mar an ideal and comfortable setting for conferences and meetings. The hotel offers its Guests a reinvigorating exterior pool with 240m2 of watersurface, easy and quick access to the magnificent and cosmopolitan Carcavelos beach – Lisbon’s surfer’s paradise-, as well as a lush garden and private parking.

The Lisbon Estoril Coast is also renowned for activities such as golf, sailing, surfing, fishing, water sports, motor racing at the Estoril track, cultural and historical site visits to Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Mafra and Queluz, gambling at the Estoril Casino, vineyards and gastronomy tours.



Rua do Gurué, 16
2775-581 Carcavelos | PORTUGAL
Tel. +351 214 585 100 | Fax. +351 214 573 130



GPS coordinates: N 38º 40′ 59.73; W 9º.20′ 31.21″
Oeiras: 3 KM
Estoril: 8 KM
Cascais: 10 KM
Lisbon: 22 KM
Sintra: 24 KM
Lisbon International Airport: 26 KM
Train Station: 10 minutes walking

Social Events

Welcome drinks and Conference dinner

CorEuStem Core Facilities Symposium dinner and welcome drinks will take place on the 27th April 2023, at Casa do Alentejo.

Casa do Alentejo holds a Regional Association since 1932, offering restauration services. Every year, Casa do Alentejo hosts around 150000 guests from different countries that choose Lisbon either as touristic or business destination, to whom they proudly spread the gastronomy from Alentejo region. The different rooms from Casa do Alentejo palace reflect its magnificent past: build in the end of XVII century and suffered profound renewals in the beginning of the XX century, it was the first casino to function in the capital – the Magestic Club – luring customers to its luxurious game rooms or to its sumptuous parties at the Mirror Salon.


The welcome drink and dinner hosted at Casa do Alentejo are free to all Symposium attendees, being sponsored by Turismo de Lisboa.



Casa do Alentejo

Rua Portas de Santo Antão, 58

1150-268 Lisboa. PORTUGAL


A bus transfer from Champalimaud Foundation will be provided to Casa do Alentejo, as well as a bus transfer back to the Hotel Praia Mar at the end of the night.


How to get to Casa do Alentejo (by public transports):


From Champalimaud Foundation (approximately 35min ride): walk circa 10 min until Algés train station, train to Cais do Sodré (direction Lisboa), Metro Green line to Rossio (direction Telheiras), walk circa 2 min until Casa do Alentejo.

Lisbon Amphibian tour

CorEuStem Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to attend a unique city tour on the last day of the conference. Aboard one amphibious vehicle, at HIPPOtrip you will be able to explore the heart of Portugal’s capital, by land and river, without leaving the comfort of your own seat. Is it a bus? Is it a boat? It’s both…. so get ready to plunge into the Tagus River with a big smile on your face! Prepare to be entertained by our lively animators, who will share myths, legends and curiosities during an entertaining ~90 minute show full of positive energy and passenger interaction. It’s all about fun and laughter. Don’t expect a “traditional” sightseeing tour with a “traditional” guide, but rather a memorable experience that will leave you shouting out loud… Hippo, Hippo, Hurra!!!


HIPPOtrip city tour is free to CorEuStem symposium attendees.

Scientific committee


Rivka Ofir (IL)

Senior Research Associate,  Dr. Ofir lives in a small agricultural community in the desert and works in two labs: 1)  In the Arava, as part of Desert&Dead Sea Science Center, where she studies desert plant as a resource for novel leads for drugs and she is also, at the moment, part of consortium for gene editing using edible prawn; and, 2) In Ben Gurion University, as part of the  iPSC Core Facility, where she works towards the generation of iPSCs from monogenic diseases (Bedouins and others) and use them as “disease in a dish” models for unveiling the process of disease development and for drug discovery. 

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Ole Pless (DE)

Dr. Pless is Head of Biomarker and Translational Drug Discovery at the Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP and is based in Hamburg, Germany. He runs a laboratory at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) / Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg (ZMNH). Focusing on different target classes and indication areas, Dr. Pless is a project coordinator for several projects funded by the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or other with a primary focus on neurodegenerative diseases and the application of human induced pluripotent stem cell technology for drug discovery. Dr. Pless is a lecturer in molecular neurobiology at the University of Hamburg, Germany and lecturer in pharmacology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

Organizing committee

Local Organizing Committee & Working Group 5 Leaders

Inês Figueira (PT)

Ana Catarina Certal (PT)

Katriina Aalto-Setälä (FI)
Adrien Roux (CH)
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Invited speakers


Shinsuke Yoshida (JP)

Dr. Shinsuke Yoshida received his PhD in 2000 in the Tokyo University/Earth and Planetary Physics and has worked first in the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kanagawa before moving to Kyoto in 2010 before moving to Kyoto. First a t he Kyoto University Hospital, then at the Kyoto University. In 2012, he work in the Yamanaka Laboratory and become QA/QC manager of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA).  He is now QA Manager at the Facility for iPS Cell Therapy (FiT) and visiting scholar in National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, Taiwan)

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Bjorn Holst (DK)

Bjørn Holst has a Master Degree in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Southern Denmark. Following two Postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Yeast Genetics, Carlsberg Laboratory, a scientist position at National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, he joined Bioneer in 2022 as a senior scientist. In 2013 he became R&D Manager for Disease Models and since 2019, Dept. Head of Cellular Engineering and Disease Models (CEDM). The CEDM department develop disease related models and offer services within Immunology, Immune-oncology, Histology and Pluripotent Stem Cells. One focus area has been to implement and optimize processes for genomic engineering using the CRISPR/CAS9 technology to build cell models for disease modelling within Immunology and especially disease models based on Pluripotent Stem Cells. We have setup a workflow for gene editing, screening and banking. Being part of the European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC), we have implemented quality control assessment of generated lines following international standards. Also, we are constantly expanding our QC analysis to meet up with current best standards.

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