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Education Day Sets Stage for ISEV 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto

A highly stimulating and information-packed Education Day on extracellular vesicles (EVs) was held on Wednesday, May 17, in preparation for the four-day International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) sixth annual meeting taking place this year in Toronto, Canada, May 18-21. The Education Day, sponsored by BioCytex (http://www.biocytex.com/) and attended by nearly 400 scientists from around the world, featured a full day of scientific presentations in two different tracks: Track A: EV Biology and Technology, and Track B: EVs in Health and Disease. Track A started out with warm welcoming remarks by International Organization Chair Susmita Sahoo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who highlighted the comprehensive educational resource provided by the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that the ISEV offers. Then Clotilde Thery, PhD, opened the session with a talk on the “Rise of the Extracellular Vesicle Paradigm of Cellular Regulation.” Dr. Thery is an INSERM Director of Research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She performed and published the first proteomic studies of exosomes secreted by immune dendritic cells and since 2007 has been leading the “Exosomes and Tumor Growth” team at the Institut Curie. In her ISEV address, Dr. Thery first emphasized that the EV field today is quite similar to where the field of immunology was 50 years ago when researchers were just beginning to grapple with the heterogeneity of white blood cells. We need new tools to separate and distinguish different subpopulations of EVs, she suggested In her work, she has found that small EVs isolated by differential centrifugation and flotation density gradient separation that show simultaneous immune-isolation with anti-CD81, anti-CD63, and anti-CD9 can defined as exosomes.