Messages from the Presidents
As they appear in the NAVBO Newsletters
June 2016 - Jan Kitajewski, President July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Dear NAVBO Members,
Being a NAVBO member has been a wonderful experience for me. I was drawn to the field of vascular biology after starting as an independent researcher in a different discipline. During this transition, there were numerous forms of support that I received from NAVBO, and I experienced many positive interactions with NAVBO members. I came to appreciate the rich scientific terrain in vascular biology research and was honored to join the effort. I can now add what an honor it is to begin my term as your President. Thank you for this opportunity to serve NAVBO.
The lessons I continue to learn as a vascular biologist will guide my efforts in the upcoming year. My current priorities are emphasizing the strengths that come from interactions with scientific colleagues, the importance of including members from all career levels in our activities, and the need for healthy investment in the future of this exciting field.
I extend my gratitude to Joyce Bischoff, who just completed her term as NAVBO President. Thank you Joyce, for working so diligently and thoughtfully to steer NAVBO in a successful direction. Vascular Biology 2015 in Hyannis was a success, and we are well prepared for an exciting IVBM 2016. We had a great year due to your leadership. Thank you to our Past President, Karen Hirschi. After working hard as President in 2014-15, Karen selflessly drove new initiatives during her term as Past President. A huge thank you goes to Bernadette Englert. Her dedication and energy underlies everything we do as an organization.
NAVBO members know our research strengths are fortified by interactions with scientific colleagues. Your opportunity to interact with vascular biologists from around the globe is fast approaching. IVBM 2016 will take place in Boston from October 30 to November 3rd, and NAVBO is the host. The agenda is set, our supporters are fully behind us, and our international guests are coming to join us. All that’s left is the most important ingredient for success: your participation. We look forward to seeing you there and learning about your research. IVBM 2016 is our opportunity to build alliances to advance the field. We will meet our international partners, learn from biologists, hear about clinician problems, and seek to understand pharma’s role in developing vascular therapeutics. We encourage colleagues from various disciplines to joins us at our meetings. Please join that effort and encourage vascular biologists that you know and colleagues who may work in other areas to come to IVBM 2016.
Think beyond IVBM 2016. Think about proposing a meeting session that highlights a new perspective, employs new technologies, brings together new partnerships. We’ve recently embarked on member-proposed sessions for our annual meeting and were gratified with the numerous and timely proposals we received. There is clearly a demand for member participation in session development. Think about hosting an academic-NAVBO partnered meeting, like the Chicago-based meeting “Lymphatic Forum 2017”, held from June 8th-10th. I propose we continue to build upon our relationship with researchers in the pharmaceutical sector through speaker invitations and special sessions at our meetings, such as Vascular Therapeutics. I encourage you to explore development of short meetings partnered between NAVBO and pharma and/or academic researchers.
NAVBO strives to include members at all career levels in our activities. We should always seek out ways to give opportunities to our trainees, who keep the lifeblood of our research flowing and deserve our assistance in promoting their careers. For our trainees: let us know how we can advocate for you, teach you, and help you define and advance your careers. As President, I will work with the Council to identify new ways that we may include trainees in NAVBO events and activities.
An important point for discussion by NAVBO members, and in which I encourage your participation, is to define the role of NAVBO in broader efforts to advance vascular research. We have begun to interact with the NIH, advising on the peer review process. We have partnered with patient advocacy groups to showcase science that strives to identify new treatments. Let’s reinvigorate the discussion on the future of our field. Should NAVBO continue to grow into undernourished areas of advocacy? How do we best showcase the amazing work being done by vascular biologists? We will start an online discussion and explore forums at meetings for discussion.
Through our interactions, our efforts for inclusion of trainees, and by identifying ways to position ourselves for the future, NAVBO will grow as an organization to best serve the vascular biology research community.
June 2015 - Joyce Bischoff, President July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Dear NAVBO Members,
I am honored and excited to begin my year as President of NAVBO. I want to start with several “thanks.” First – a big thank you to all NAVBO members for your continued support and participation in our thriving society! Second, thanks to Karen Hirschi as she finishes her year as President. As President-Elect, I was able to see how passionately and effectively Karen works on behalf on NAVBO and I hope to continue the important initiatives she started as President. I would also like to thank Klaus Ley, who served as Past President this year, for his wisdom and insight, which contributed tremendously to the growth and success of NAVBO. My final and by no means least important thanks goes to Bernadette Englert! Bernadette keeps NAVBO moving forward each and every day!
My theme for this incoming address will be “participation.” I would like to see NAVBO members participate and fully engage in NAVBO on as many levels as they can manage. Opportunities abound!
It is clear the backbone of NAVBO is its meetings/workshops, and over the last few years we’ve seen steady growth in attendance, active participation, and indeed other societies are eager to partner with us at our annual fall meeting. This is a great trajectory and I would like to see it continue and even move up a notch or two.
What can you do, as a NAVBO member, to contribute to our positive trajectory?
Volunteer to be a poster judge or to read abstracts for the trainee travel awards. Volunteer to serve on one of the NAVBO committees – such as the Education, Membership or Communications Committees. These committees directly and indirectly support our research meetings! Get involved in the special sessions at the meetings/workshops that are centered on mentoring, publishing and biotech.
Suggest an emerging topic that should be covered in an upcoming meeting. The NAVBO Council is open to such proposals and will begin actively recruiting ideas for such in 2017 and beyond. Consider developing a stand-alone workshop in a focused or thematic area to be held at your institution in conjunction with NAVBO support. The prototype for this was the “Lymphatic Circulation in Health and Disease” held at Yale University in 2013. Plans are underway for another lymphatics meeting in spring of 2017 to be held in Chicago – we are open to all topics in vascular biology and eager to hear your ideas. Please feel free to contact me, or anyone on the NAVBO Council, if you have ideas or questions about how the co-sponsorship of a mini-meeting would work.
Last but not least, we greatly appreciate your participation in the annual meeting. Submit an abstract, send your trainees, tell your colleagues! The publicity you can provide by talking up NAVBO meetings is enormously beneficial. On that note, hope to see you all in Hyannis for Vascular Biology 2015! Also, be sure to mark your calendars for IVBM 2016 in Boston Oct 30 - Nov3. The IVBM Organizing Committee is in the midst of developing the scientific program (see website: ivbm2016.org). The IVBM meeting hotel is right in the heart of “Back Bay” – the most centrally located and walk-able area of Boston. Many consider autumn to be the quintessential time of year to visit Boston. The crisp autumn weather and beautiful foliage will be in full swing in late October/early November. We estimate approximately 800 attendees based on past IVBM, but of course hope this will be the biggest and most exciting IVBM yet. This is a huge event for NAVBO because it is the first time NAVBO is the full financial sponsor of IVBM. I hope you will all plan to attend and spread the word to colleagues and collaborators!
Best wishes to the entire NAVBO community for a successful and healthy 2015-2016 academic year!
March 14, 2013 - Victoria Bautch, President July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
2013 is proving to be a very full and busy year for NAVBO. We have three meetings this year – Lymphatic Circulation in Health and Disease (co-sponsored with Yale), Vascular Biology 2013 and our summer course in beautiful San Diego – Vasculata is being organized by Klaus Ley at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.
Vascular Biology 2013 will feature the Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System and the Vascular Matrix Biology Workshops. And joining us for this exciting meeting will be the Microcirculatory Society (MCS). Their series of symposia will complement and enhance the workshops' programs. This integrative meeting will encourage a great deal of cross-disciplinary discussions and enhance the mutual education of all attendees. By the way, there are 70 presentations by invited speakers and we expect to add another 75 short talks from abstracts! We look forward to seeing you there, for more about the meeting and a look at the program, go to www.navbo.org/vb2013
The Lymphatic Circulation in Health and Disease meeting is a worthwhile experiment that we hope will form a model for future joint endeavors between NAVBO and other universities. This collaborative effort benefits NAVBO members and brings new opportunities to academic communities of vascular and cardiovascular biology. We hope you will attend this highly focused two-day meeting in New Haven – www.navbo.org/lymphatics
Vasculata continues to grow in popularity; each year brings more attendees and more abstract presentations. If you are a trainee, consider attending. I urge all faculty to encourage your graduate students and brightest undergraduates to attend. By the way, the hands-on workshops are extremely popular and fill up quickly. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to accommodate all attendees – so register early and reserve your space in a workshop. Information about Vasculata is on our web site at www.navbo.org/vasculata
In closing, I would like to congratulate our Meritorious Awards recipients – Michael Klagsbrun (Harvard Medical School) has been named the 2013 Recipient of the Earl P. Benditt Award and Mark Kahn (University of Pennsylvania) is the 2013 recipient of the Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology. You'll read more about these awardees in our next issue.
Congratulations to Michael and Mark – I look forward to your presentations this October!
December 15, 2012 - Victoria Bautch, President July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
NAVBO has been busy this year! We had a great Vasculata this past summer that was co-organized by U. Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Meharry. Next year's Vasculata will be held in San Diego from July 29 – Aug 1, so please consider joining us and send along those trainees! Our Annual Meeting was held at Asilomar Conference Grounds in California in October, and featured the fifth Developmental Vascular Biology Workshop along with the second Genetics and Genomics of Vascular Disease Workshop. We enjoyed getting updated on the latest science and networking in a beautiful ocean setting. Pictures from the 2012 meeting are online - go to www.navbo.org/vb2012
Next year we meet again at Hyannis, Massachusetts (October 20-24) and will feature the Signaling and Matrix/Bioengineering Workshops. In addition, the Microcirculatory Society is holding their Fall Meeting in conjunction with our workshops, so mark your calendars now.
We are doing something new in 2013. NAVBO will co-sponsor a meeting on "Lymphatic Circulation in Health and Disease" with Yale University on May 3-4. This short meeting, to be held at Yale, contrasts with other NAVBO-supported activities in being a focused meeting in an emerging area that takes advantage of regional expertise. We hope to see you there!
Finally, I'd like to encourage you, as you tap into the goodwill of the holiday season, to consider making a personal donation (fully tax-deductible) to NAVBO. Many of us routinely donate to favorite charities, especially during this season, and I hope that you will put NAVBO on your "good list" and help support our ongoing work. And as always, with or without a monetary donation, we appreciate the time and effort that you put into NAVBO and welcome any ideas or suggestions. May the peace and beauty of the holidays enter the lives of you and your loved ones.