We are delighted to announce that the incoming NECTAR President is Dr Agnete Kirkeby from the University of Copenhagen. Dr Kirekeby will take over the role at the NECTAR2018 meeting in Paris in December. Congratulations to Agnete and we wish her the very best in her new role!
Agnete performed part her graduate research project partly at the pharmaceutical company H. Lundbeck and partly with the field pioneer Lorenz Studer at the Sloan Kettering Institute (New York). In 2009 she went on to perform her postdoc in the group of Malin Parmar at Lund University (Sweden) where she over the years built up a unique expertise in using human pluripotent stem cells for production of subtype-specific neural cells and developing protocols for accurate patterning of neural cells towards different regional fates (Kirkeby et al., Cell Reports 2012). This work has led to the development of a promising stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) (Grealish et al., Cell Stem Cell 2014, Grealish et al. Stem Cell Reports 2015), which is currently in translation to the clinic in collaboration with Prof. Malin Parmar and Prof. Roger Barker (Kirkeby et al., Cell Stem Cell 2017, Nolbrant et al., Nature Protocols 2017, Kirkeby et al., Prog. Brain Research 2017). Agnete started her own group in 2015 at Lund University and has built up her own line of research by combining stem cell patterning protocols with microfluidic techniques to produce in vitro 3D models of the human developing brain. Based on a junior group leader start-up package from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem), she moved her group to the University of Copenhagen in the beginning of 2017.