MRCRM 1st International Meeting on Regenerative Medicine 2023

The Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine welcomes you all to join our very first international meeting, in Bergen!

2 days
  1. 24. Apr 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  2. 25. Apr 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Time and place


  1. 24. Apr 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  2. 25. Apr 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Event type



MRCRM - Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine

We are happy to announce the first MRCRM international meeting on regenerative medicine! 

Stem cell research and regenerative medicine has come a long way in the past 5-10 years, and as Bergen will soon have an operative Ex-vivo facility at Haukeland University Hospital. Our conference aims for networking between scientists and students performing basic research, animal studies and clinical trials. We hope that these two deays will include the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences! Everyone is welcome to register and join the conference. 

The scientific program is based on invited speakers, both Norwegian and international, and a session of lightning talks, where PhD students can show their works. Our social program includes a conference dinner, good lunches and time for exploring in Bergen with fellow scientists. 


Monday April 24th: 

09-10: Registration and light servings

10-13: SESSION 1
10-10.10:  Welcome, by Einar K. Kristoffersen, MRCRM
10.10-11: iPSC-Based Modelling of Psychiatric Disorders at NORMENT, by Srdjan Djurovic, Oslo University Hospital, NO
11-11.50: Psychiatry in a dish, by Adrian Harwood, Cardiff University, UK
11.50-12.10: COFFEE BREAK
12.10-13: Using IPSCs and Crispr/Cas9 for creating state of the art research tools and therapies, by Pia Johansson, Lund University, SE (attending via Teams)

13-14: LUNCH

14-15: SESSION 2
14-14.40: Cancer immunotherapy with T cells genetically modified to express therapeutic T-cell receptors, by Johanna Olweus, Oslo University Hospital, NO
14.40-15: COFFEE BREAK

15-15.10: “Effect of mesenchymal stem cells on tubular formation” by Åshild Johansen 
15.10-15.20: “The myeloid surface expression of CD37 a novel therapeutic target of Acute Myeloid Leukemia is significantly correlated to adverse prognosis” by Tara Helen Dowling
15.20-15.30: «Regulatory T cells enhance the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells” by Eylem Baysal
15.30-15.40: «The regenerative effect of Whartons Jelly Mesenchymal Stem Cells on H2O2 – induced pneumocytes” by Jens Lon Nguyen
15.40-15.50: «Impact of architectural properties of 3D-printed polycaprolactone scaffolds on dendritic cell differentiation and activation” by Marek Nora
16-16.10: «3D Printed Polymeric Scaffolds with Enhanced Porosity for Bone Tissue Engineering” by Mehmet Serhat Aydin
“Conditioned Medium from Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Restored Oxidative Stress-Related Impaired Osteogenic Differentiation» by Ragda Saleem
«Characterizing the immune microenvironment in stem cell-based bone-engineered constructs in a rat osteoporotic model” by Natalia Arango
16.30-16.40: “Single-cell immune variations in patients undergoing mesenchymal stromal cell and biomaterial based bone regeneration” by Neha Rana

16.40-19.30: BREAK 


Tuesday April 25th:

09-11: SESSION 4
09-09.40: Engineering technology supports life science, by Jan Hansmann, Fraunhofer Institute, DE
09.40-10.20: Regenerative dentistry - using biology as a tool and making a tooth in a dish, by Ana Angelova Volponi, King’s College, UK
10.20-11: COFFEE BREAK/ Hotel check out

11-13: SESSION 5

11-11.20: Presentation of EATRIS, by national coordinator for Norway, Anita Kavlie 
11.20-12: Development of vascularized microphysiological models with human cells, by Susanna Miettinen, Tampere University, FI
12-12.40: Ex vivo cultured limbal epithelial transplantation (CLET) and ex vivo cultivated oral mucosal epithelial cell transplantation (COMET) using amniotic membrane as a carrier for treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), by Agate Noer, Oslo University Hospital, NO

13-14: LUNCH

14-15.30: SESSION 6
14-14.40: Reverse Engineering Tumor Escape to Increase Persistence of Allogeneic iPSC-NK Cells, by Karl-Johan Malmberg, Karolinska University Hospital, SE
14.40-15.20: Gene editing in T cells and blood stem cells: practical tips, by Emma Haapaniemi, University of Oslo, NO
15.20-15.30: Closing remarks, by Einar K. Kristoffersen, MRCRM

Our speakers:

  • Adrian Harwood (UK)
  • Agate Noer (NO)
  • Ana Angelova Volponi (UK)
  • Emma Haapeniemi (NO)
  • Jan Hansmann (DE)
  • Johanna Olweus (NO)
  • Karl-Johan Malmberg (SE)
  • Pia Johansson (SE)
  • Srdjan Djurovic (NO)
  • Susanna Miettinen (FI)

Sign up here

Limited number of attendees, so sign up today! 


Conference fee

Conference fee: 500,- NOK

This heavily subsidized price is the same for participation one or two days, with or without attending the conference dinner on Monday evening. 

To be able to order the correct number of seatings, please use the correct box when indicating which days your are attending the conference. Thank you!

Certificate of attendance and/or Certificate of participation in the lightning talks will be available after the conference. 

Are you a master- or PhD- student? 

Call For Abstracts

Hereby, we invite young researchers to submit their abstracts for a lighting talk session at the MRCRM International Meeting on Monday 24th of April 2023.


  1. Lightning talk consists of 5-6 minutes of oral presentation followed by 2-3 minutes of Q&A.
  2. Abstract should consist of introduction, materials & methods, results, and conclusion. 
  3. Length of the abstract should be 250 words or less.
  4. All abstracts will be considered primarily for the lightning talk session. In the case there are more abstracts for the dedicated time, the committee may ask some of the candidates to present it as a poster.
  5. Top 2 presenters will be awarded during the conference dinner. 
  6. The conference will give a credit for scientific dissemination for all presenting PhD candidates.

Important dates

  • March 15th: Submission opens
  • April 14th: Abstract submission deadline
  • April 17th: Registration for participation closes
  • April 17th: Abstract Notifications Emailed to Presenters

To submit your abstract:

Send your abstract by email to MRCRM@helse-bergen.no

We look forward to receiving abstracts from young researchers!

Please follow this website as we update with the titles and topics for our talks, more information on the speakers, etc. 

Welcome to Bergen in April!

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Einar Klæboe Kristoffersen, MD
Centre leader, Professor

Program committee

  • Astrid Bjørke Jenssen
  • Farivar Fathian
  • Shuntaro Yamada
  • Titas Gladkauskas
  • Turid Helen Felli Lunde (coordinator/ org. comm.)