As we’ve reported elsewhere on the Node (here and here), we recently held a very successful meeting ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development‘. As a direct result of the enthusiasm expressed at this meeting, we are now planning a Special Issue on the topic of Human Development, scheduled for publication in late 2015. Submissions must be received by January 30th 2015 for consideration for this Special Issue.
The issue will focus on the use of stem cell technologies to understand basic principles of human development. Until recently, our understanding of human embryogenesis has been hampered by the inaccessibility of the system, but recent advances in the stem cell field – most notably the generation of human pluripotent stem cells and the development of organoid culture systems – now allow us to investigate developing human tissues: providing insights into fate specification and tissue organisation, and informing our efforts to treat developmental disorders and develop regenerative therapies. Development sits at the heart of this field, with a strong interest in both developmental and stem cell biology, and covering both in vivo and in vitro systems.