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From Your Regional Leadership

It is truly a privilege to serve on the ISCT North America Region Executive Committee (NA-EC) as this region is where so much amazing work is being done in the CGT field. Up to 60% of ISCT members come from North America, and the NA-EC will work hard to meet the needs of those members. We look forward to addressing a number of challenges in the field such as rapid growth, staffing, supplies management and others, helping move the field forward while making your jobs easier.

As a field, we have common goals and common challenges. We must work together to overcome these challenges – ISCT can facilitate that. The culture of cell therapy professionals exemplified at ISCT meetings has always been to share knowledge, experiences, challenges, resolutions, SOPs, back-ordered supplies, (the list goes on and on). You get the idea.

It is this cross-institutional teamwork we look forward to promoting and increasing. To accomplish that, we need to get more people involved with the society. Beginning in 2020, the NA-EC will hold quarterly meetings with our members to discuss our regional strategies and initiatives and identify champions and contributors to carry projects forward. Face-to-face meetings will take place at the annual meeting and any regional meetings. In addition to meetings that focus on our regional operating plans, we will also continue to offer members-only access to enjoyable networking activities.

Feel free to reach out to your NA-EC with questions and suggestions by clicking here. As your representatives, we welcome your feedback about what ISCT can do for you and what you can do for ISCT. 


ISCT North America Regional Executive Committee 

2019 - 2020 Regional Executive Committee Members

Lynn O'Donnell, PhD
Regional Vice-President
June 2018 - June 2020
Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital
Columbus, OH, United States
Mitchell Cairo, MD
Regional Vice-President Elect
June 2018 - June 2020
New York Medical College
New York, NY, United States
Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD
Regional Secretary
June 2017 - June 2020
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
United States

Patrick Hanley, PhD
Regional Treasurer
June 2017 - June 2020
Children's National Health System
United States


Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee: North America Click here to view 


Regional Breaking News

FDA Final Guidance for Deviation Reporting for HCT/Ps Read More

ISCT Revises Cell and Gene Therapy Industry Forecast Following FDA Novartis CTL019 Approval Read More

FDA Approval Brings First Gene Therapy to the United States Read More

US FDA Announces Increased Efforts to Ensure Proper Oversight of Stem Cell Therapies Read More

ISCT Comments on Trump's Proposed Health Budget Cuts Read More


Upcoming Regional Events


Past Events

ISCT North America 2019 Regional Meeting
"Engineering the Future of Cell and Gene Therapies"

September 13-15, 2019
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Madison, WI, USA

The Business of Regenerative Medicine: Innovation, Clinical Translation, & Entrepreneurship Symposium
July 17 - 18, 2018
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ISCT 2018 Annual Meeting- Montreal, QC, Canada
May 2 - 5, 2018
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Stanford Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine: Academic cGMP Symposium Series : Developing, Qualifying and Operating a Cell and Gene Manufacturing Facility
March 19-20, 2018
ISCT Officer Presenting: David DiGiusto
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View the event highlight video courtesy of Shiraz Ziya, Innocell.

2017 TERMIS-AM Conference - Charlotte, NC, USA
December 3 - 6, 2017
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ISCT Webinar: Qualification of Ancillary/Raw Materials for Clinical Use
November 8, 2017
Presented by ISCT North America Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
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DiGeorge Syndrome Symposium - Menlo Park, CA, USA
October 26, 2017
ISCT Member Presented: Maria Grazia Roncarolo
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Cell Therapy Bioprocessing and Commercialization - Boston, MA, USA
September 25 - 28, 2017
ISCT Speaker Presented: David DiGiusto
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ISCT Webinar: Outsmart Commercialization Pain-Points Before They Happen
September 19, 2017
Organized by the ISCT Process and Product Development Subcommittee
Read More

ISEV Annual Meeting - Toronto, Canada
May 18 - 21, 2017
ISCT Officer Presented: Sowmya Viswanathan
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Scale up and Manufacturing of Cell based Therapies V - San Diego, USA
January 15 - 19, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Dominic Clarke and Eytan Abraham
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CIBMTR Cellular Therapy Registry Forum - Minneapolis, USA
October 18, 2016
ISCT Officer Presented: Catherine Bollard
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ASNTR 2016 - Clearwater, Florida, USA
April 28 - 30, 2016
ISCT Officers Presented: Massimo Dominici
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ISCT and ASBMT are proud to announce the third Cell Therapy Training Course to be held in Philadelphia from October 21-25, 2019!
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 Past Cell Therapy Training Course



Congratulations toMonzr Al Malki, MD from Duarte, CA, Felipe Bedoya, MD, PhD, Charlestown, MA, Mark DeWitt, PhD, Berkeley, CA, Melanie Grant, PhD, Washington, DC, Folashade Otegbeye, MBChB, MPH, Cleveland, OH, Daniel Dever, PhD, Stanford, CA selected as North American Scholars at the Cell Therapy Training Course held in Seattle from October 23-27, 2017! Click here to view

Congratulations to Elizabeth Krakow, MD, CM, MSc, Seattle, WA and Corinne Summers, MD, Seattle, WA selected as Host Institution Scholars

Inaugural ISCT and ASBMT Cell Therapy Training Course

One Scholar's Experience - Read here

Past Scholars - Read here


Past Meetings


ISCT NA 2019 Regional Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) - Coming Soon


ISCT 2018 Annual Meeting Montreal

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) - Click here


2016 Regional Meeting 

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) - Click here

2015 Annual Meeting 

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) - Click here

September 8 - 11, 2013

Philadelphia, PA, USA

2013 Regional Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) Click here

2012 Annual Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) - Click here

September 14- 16, 2011

Charlottesville, VA, USA

2011 Regional Meeting

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) Click here

2010 Annual Meeting 

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) - Click here

2009 Annual Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) - Click here

November 14 - 15, 2008

Durham, NC, USA

2008 Regional Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) Click here

2008 Annual Meeting

Program - Click here

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April 4 - 5, 2008 

Columbus, OH, USA

2008 Regional Meeting

Program - Click here

Presentations (members only) Click here

November 2 - 4, 2007

Houston, TX, USA

 2007 Regional Meeting

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Past Webinars

September 7, 2016 Conducting Validation Studies for Shipping of Cells 
October 21, 2015 Viability Determination of Cellular Therapy Products - The Need for Controlled Objective Analysis

April 29, 2015

Measurement Assurance for Cell Enumeration 

 November 12, 2014 Environmental Monitoring of Clean Room Facilities for cGMP Compliant Manufacturing
 November 25, 2013 Technological Advances in Contamination Testing 
 July 31, 2013  Practical Guide to INDs/IDEs 

March 27, 2013

How to always be inspection-ready

January 23, 2013 How to meet GMP's for phase 1 trials
 November 28, 2012 Electronic Records: What it means to be 21CFR part 11 compliant
June 20, 2012 The Circular of Information Basics: what it is and what it is not
December 16, 2009
Distribution of Unrelated Manipulated Cord Blood in or to the U.S. after October 20, 2011, a Domestic and International Perspective
October 21, 2009 FDA Inspections for Cell Therapy Products from the Perspective of Hospitals and Industry
 September 9, 2009 Stability Testing and Optimization - Considerations for Cell Therapy Products
 June 24, 2009 Risk Management Approach for Cell Therapeutics with Case Studies
 April 22, 2009 Batch Records for Cell Therapy Products

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