It is my honor to invite you to join us for our 12th Annual Conference on November13 – 16 at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s meeting will again provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with leading scientists and clinicians in the exciting field of adult adipose stem cell research and adipose grafting, and to learn about the latest scientific, medical, and technological advances. Our slogan this year is:
THE global bench-to-bedside adipose stem cell and fat grafting congress.
Having organized the meeting for several years in North America, we are very proud to host the IFATS meeting this year in historic Amsterdam. We will expand our scope to novel application fields like cardiology, craniofacial surgeries and orthopedics, as well as other fields recognizing the high potential of adipose stem cell technology. We aim to encourage interaction between industry and the clinical and scientific communities, not only from Europe but from all continents.
To promote these interactions, we have established new aspects of the meeting, such as lunch time seminars and a pre-meeting symposium addressing the regulatory path for translation of research to commercial medicinal products in a global perspective.
The meeting’s goal is to promote scientific exchange among basic researchers making key discoveries, technology developers who are creating new cost-effective devices and procedures, and clinicians enabling the use of adipose tissue and stem cells. The meeting will particularly emphasize cutting edge approaches and original data. Scientists and clinicians will have plenty of opportunities to share ideas in both formal and informal settings, thereby gaining insight into the future use of adult adipose stem cells around the world.
On behalf of the IFATS Board of Directors, I look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in November.
With best wishes,
Marco Helder, PhD
IFATS President 2013-2014