The joint meeting of the 8th International Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair (INTR) and the 9th Annual Conference of the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair (ASNTR) was held June 13—16, 2002, in Keystone, Colorado. The spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop provided an outstanding venue for frank and insightful discussion of ongoing scientific research. This meeting set several new records, owing both to the hard work of the officers and committees and to the increasing excitement in the field of neural transplantation and repair. A record number of presentations (137), including 85 posters and 52 platform presentations, were included. In addition, as one of both Societies’ missions is to foster participation of young investigators, a record number of student and postdoctoral travel awards (53) was given this year.
Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.