WELCOMING REMARKS from DR. KWANG SOO KIM,
Director of CHA STEM CELL INSTITUTE
On behalf of CHA STEM CELL INSTITUTE(CSCI), I would like to extend our invitation to you to participate in our 2nd Biennial International Collaborative Symposium on Stem Cell Research to be held in Seoul, Korea from September 18-19, 2008.
Our first symposium held in December of 2006 served as a significant milestone in the revival of the field of stem cell research in Korea and had an overwhelmingly positive and resonating impact on the greater scientific community thanks to the more than 450 attendees from institutions all over the world. Our meeting report published in Stem Cells shortly thereafter was received by the international scientific community with extremely positive responses and high regard for its content and value (Warburton, D. et al., 2007, Stem Cells, 25(5):1337-8).
To accelerate the field’s progress under a strategically-focused and efficient effort, CSCI is committed to promoting and fostering collaborative research among scientists both on an international level as well as domestically. It is with this spirit and vision of collaborative research that we are honored to host the 2nd Biennial International Collaborative Symposium on Stem Cell Research.
I am very pleased and excited by the fact that so many internationally-renowned, leading stem cell scientists as well as many rising young stars have accepted our invitation to participate in this year’s meeting. I have no doubt the meeting will provide all participants with a valuable platform to share and exchange their respective findings and achievements as well as a beneficial opportunity to initiate and cultivate fruitful international collaboration .
We strongly believe this year’s symposium will serve as another milestone in the field of stem cell biology both in Korea and the world abroad. It would be our privilege if you would honor us with your attendance and share in our vision.
I look forward to seeing you in Seoul this coming September.
With Best Regards,
Kwang-Soo Kim, Ph.D.
CHA STEM CELL INSTITUTE