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From Your Regional Leadership

Dear passionate members of the South and Central America Region of ISCT,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new Regional Vice-President and express how much of an honor it is to represent you at this leading, global society. I am a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and have been involved in regenerative medicine research for the last 20 years. The South and Central American regions are quite unique regarding the use of cell and gene therapies for different diseases, which affect millions of people in our region and around the world. Our main objective is to bring together clinicians, scientists, technologists, regulatory agencies and industry partners to reduce morbidity and mortality in a variety of clinical scenarios. We will work in close association with other societies and governments to discuss the rules on the use of gene and cell therapies in South and Central American countries. In recent years, researchers have begun working closely with the industry, which is playing a significant role in the improvement of patient outcomes and the well-being of our communities. It’s truly amazing work and it is so gratifying to work in this field.

In line with ISCT´s mission of driving translation for cellular therapies to help patients worldwide, we also aim to increase communication between South and Central American countries, thus promoting a more collaborative and cohesive network. Furthermore, we plan to train a significant number of researchers and technologists, focusing on stem cell and gene biology, bioengineering, as well as good laboratory (GLP), good manufacturing (GMP) and good clinical procedures (GCP). We intend not only to develop an educational program to teach young researchers stem cell principles, but to also promote lectures for patient associations, disclosing potential therapies and limitations concerning regenerative medicine with the purpose of addressing the growing problem of medical tourism.

It is a privilege to serve as Vice-President of ISCT’s South and Central America regions and I am not alone. I have the dedicated support of an experienced and excellent regional executive team and together we are here to serve the local members of the Society.

Please feel free to contact us and let us know what we can do for you. Our main goal is to provide any support required to improve cell and gene therapies throughout South and Central American countries.

Looking forward to building strong partnerships with all of you.



Patricia R.M. Rocco, MD, PhD
ISCT South and Central America Regional Vice-President
Member of National Academy of Medicine
Member of Brazilian Academy of Science
Full Professor of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2020 - 2021 Regional Executive Committee Members

Patricia Rocco, MD, PhD
Regional Vice-President
June 2019 - June 2021
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Antonio Carlos Campos de Carvalho, MD, PhD
Regional Vice-President Elect
June 2019 - June 2021
Institute of Biophysics
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Andres Caicedo Paliz, PhD
Regional Secretary
June 2020 - June 2023
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, USFQ 
Hector Mayani, PhD
Regional Treasurer
June 2020 - June 2023
National Medical Center
Mexico City, Mexico

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee: South and Central America - Coming Soon


Regional Breaking News

Cells for Cells report on ISCT 2018 Montreal - Montreal 2018, Reunión Anual de la ISCT: Un verdadero catalizador científico y comercial para el sector de Terapia Celular y Genética - Click here to read

Global interest in ISCT SCA VP Maroun Khoury’s publication on the use of MSCs in Heart Failure - Click here to read the original publication
View related media articles below:

The Telegraph - Stem cells taken from umbilical cords of babies can help repair damaged hearts, study suggests - Click here to view

Daily Mail - Umbilical cords could provide live-saving blood for patients with potentially-fatal heart failure, study finds - Click here to view

Medical Xpress - Umbilical cord stem cells show promise as heart failure treatment - Click here to view

Eurek Alert! - Umbilical cord stem cells show promise as heart failure treatment - Click here to view

Healio Cardiology Today - RIMECARD: Umbilical cord stem cells improve function, quality of life in HFrEF - Click here to view

ABC Salud - Las células madre del cordón umbilical son eficaces para tratar la insuficiencia cardiaca - Click here to view


Upcoming Regional Events

Innovation from the Academy - Online Course at Universidad San Francisco De Quito, Ecuador
October 2, 2020
ISCT Officer Presenting: Patricia Rocco, MD, PhD, ISCT Regional Vice-President, South & Central America, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Learn More - Click Here

ISCT South & Central America Regional Forum at the Brazilian Association of Cell and Gene Therapy (ABTCel-Gen) XI Meeting - Curitiba, Brazil
April 28 - May 1, 2021
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Past Events

ISCT South & Central America Regional Forum at SOMICET Congress 2019 - Mexico City, Mexico
October 21-23, 2019
ISCT Officers presented: Daniel Weiss, Patricia Rocco, Maroun Khoury, Antonio Carlos Campos de Carvalho
Meeting Highlights -Click Here

Maroun Khoury, Daniel Weiss, Patricia Rocco, and Antonio Carlos Campos 
de Carvalho at the ISCT South & Central America Regional Forum & 
SOMICET Congress 2019 in Mexico City

ABTCEL - X Congress - 2018 São Paulo, Brazil
October 16-18, 2018
ISCT Officers presented: 
Maroun Khoury and Patricia Rocco 
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Antonio De Carvalho (ABTCEL Vice-President), Milena Soares (ABTCEL President), 
Patricia Rocco (ISCT Regional VP-Elect), Maroun Khoury (ISCT Regional VP)


JITC2018 - International Conference for Cellular Therapy 2018 - Lima, Peru
April 28, 2018
ISCT Officer representative: Maroun Khoury
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III Simposio Nacional E Internacional - Bioinformática Biociencias Bioingeniería Panamá - Panama
November 14-15, 2017
ISCT Officer presented: Maroun Khoury  
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Symposium ABTCEL 2017 Clinical Trials - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 5 - 6, 2017
ISCT Officers presented: Maroun Khoury and Patricia Rocco 
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Buenas Practicas de Manufactura en Terapia Regenerativa - Santiago, Chile

August 21 - 26, 2017

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IPS 2017: Pluripotent Stem Cells and Gene Editing Symposium: From Bench Success to Clinical Promises - Aula Magna, edificio Biblioteca, Universidad de los Andes
March 30 - 31, 2017
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SBTMO and ABTCEL Meeting - Fortaleza, Brazil
August 24 - 27, 2016
ISCT Officer Presented: Dan Weiss and Massimo Dominici 
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June - ISCT Response to ANMAT Consultation Papers Click here


December Update - Click here

Reduced Rate Membership

ISCT is committed to creating a truly global community of cell & gene therapy professionals and is pleased to offer reduced membership rates for members residing in countries with Emerging Economies. For a list of eligible countries (as defined by the World Bank) and more information please Click here.

Past Meetings

October 14-16, 2015

Santiago, Chile

2015 ISCT LATAM Regional Meeting

October 9-11, 2014

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

2014 ISCT LATAM Regional Meeting

October 9-11, 2013

Lima, Peru 

2013 ISCT LATAM Regional Meeting



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