More than 300 investigators, trainees and guests gathered at the MaRS Discovery District on Dec. 5, 2017 for the 2nd annual Medicine by Design symposium. Sessions included talks on enabling technologies and developmental models, immunoengineering, organoids and tissues models, and tissue and organ repair, as well as a keynote by Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

More than 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presented posters. Congratulations to the following award winners:

STEMCELL Technologies Awards

  • 1st place: Matthew Langley (Peter Zandstra lab) — Boolean network modelling of T cell development predicts heterogeneous single-cell transcriptional trajectories
  • 2nd place: Christopher McFaul (Christopher Yip lab) — Light-sheet microscopy of living tissues and organoids
  • 3rd place: Yasaman Aghazadeh (Cristina Nostro lab) — Prevascularization of HESC-derived pancreatic progenitors improves graft performance post-transplantation

BlueRock Technologies Award

  • Nikolaos Mitrousis (Molly Shoichet lab) — Co-transplantation of RPE and photoreceptors rescues vision in a dry AMD mouse model