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Vascular Biology 2015 - Photos

Vascular Biology 2015

Hope you enjoyed the meeting!  See you next year at the IVBM in Boston!

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Vascular Biology 2015

Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering Workshop V
Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System Workshop IV

Program Schedule - click here

Sunday, October 18

NEW! Pre-conference Meeting for Trainees

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1:00 - 5:00pm

This conference is being organized by NAVBO Trainees:
Jennifer Fang, Yale University and Juliana Marulanda, McGill University

Guest Speaker: Frederick Keeley, University of Toronto
Elastin as a Susceptibility Gene for Later-Onset Cardiovascular Disease:
A View from the Perspective of the Protein

Maria Kowalczuk, PhD, Biology Editor, BioMed Central
Career Development - Peer review, publication ethics and inside tips on how to get published

Short talks by Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students chosen from
poster presentations of the main meeting.
(an extra registration fee will be required and refreshments will be available)

Keynote Lecture by Richard Hynes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
Extracellular Matrix as the Framework for Metazoan Life


Monday, October 19

Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering

Matrix Remodeling in Vascular Disease

Dean Li, University of Utah
Common pathway in vascular biology and cancer

Beth Kozel, Washington University
Targeting vascular stiffness in elastin insufficiency: genetic, pharmacologic and environmental interventions

Engineered Vascular Models and Technologies

Dave Beebe, University of Wisconsin‑Madison
Lumen-based organotypic models to understand tumor cell/endothelial cell interactions

Abraham D. Stroock, Cornell University
Engineering microvascular growth

New Approaches and Experimental Models of Vascular Disease

Frank Gijsen, Erasmus MC
The combination of imaging and biomechanical modelling for non-invasive assessment of carotid plaque (in)stability

Alexander Barker, Northwestern University
4D Flow MRI mapping of regional wall shear stress

Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System

Endothelial Cell-Cell Interactions in Health & Disease

Elisabetta Dejana, University of Milan and IFOM-IEO
Signaling through endothelial cell to cell junctions

William A. Muller, Northwestern University
Novel endothelial cell signaling mechanisms that regulate leukocyte transendothelial migration

Tissue-Vascular Cell Interaction

Karen Hirschi, Yale University
Vascular regulation of HSC phenotype and function in the developing fetal bone marrow niche

Ondine Cleaver, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Intrinsic and extrinsic forces during blood vessel development

Receptor Signaling

Michael Simons, Yale University
Endo-MT, receptor signaling and atherosclerosis

Tim Hla, Weill Medical College of Cornell
Chaperone-based signaling paradigms for bioactive lipids

Nano-Talks - New Special Joint Session

Evening Poster Session


Tuesday, October 20

Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering

Vascular Wall Mechanics & Mechanotransduction

Katherine Zhang, Boston University
Arterial mechanobiology: The interrelations of elastin, collagen, and GAGs

Richard K. Assoian, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Mechanisms of arterial wall stiffening and the consequence for cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular Regeneration & Tissue Engineering

Simon Hoerstrup, University of Zurich
Tissue engineering for cardiac regeneration

Sarah Heilshorn, Stanford University
Injectable biomaterials to enhance therapeutic cell transplantation

Michael Laflamme, University of Toronto
Electrical maturation and integration of pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes

Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System

TGFb Pathways As Targets in Vascular Therapies

Dan Rifkin, New York University Medical Center
Genetic dissection of the role of TGF beta in aneurysms

Marlene Rabinovitch, Stanford University
PPAR gamma, DNA damage response and vascular pathobiology

Vascular Remodeling

Mark Ginsberg, University of California, San Diego
Heart of Glass-KRIT1 signaling in cardiovascular development

Susan Quaggin, Northwestern University
The angiopoietins 'tied' together in vascular disease

Special Symposium: Cardiac Valve Disease: Cells, Matrix, Signaling and Bioengineering

Co-sponsored by the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology

Co-chairs: Elena Aikawa, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Cecilia Giachelli, University of Washington

Frederick Schoen, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Aortic valve structure/function, pathobiology and clinical perspective: An Overview

Simon Body, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Genetic regulation of valve development/Bicuspid aortic valve

Joyce Bischoff, Boston Children'ts Hospital
EndMT and plasticity in valvular endothelium

Michael Sacks, University of Texas at Austin
Bioengineering and translational approaches

Evening Poster Sessions


Wednesday, October 21

Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering

Biomaterials - Engineering Angiogenesis

Jeff Weiss, University of Utah
Mechanical interaction of angiogenic microvessels with the extracellular matrix

Milica Radisic, University of Toronto
Angiochip: a biodegradable scaffold for organ-on-a-chip engineering and direct surgical anastomosis

Vascular Matrix Calcification

Rachel Holden, Queen's University
Vitamin K and vascular calcification

Yabing Chen, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Hard issues on soft tissues: Molecular mechanisms of vascular calcification

Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System

Vascular Metabolism and Dysfunction

Kenneth Walsh, Boston University
Mechanisms of obesity-linked vascular disease

Peter Carmeliet, University of Leuven
Glucose and fatty acid metabolism in endothelial cells: Role and target in angiogenesis?

Fluid Shear Stress in Arterial Function and Atherosclerosis

Martin Schwartz, Yale University
Flow dependent remodeling in vascular health and disease

John Shyy, University of California, San Diego
Shear stress regulation of endothelial innate immune response

NAVBO Meritorious Awards Presentations and Lectures

Earl P. Benditt Award: Eli Keshet, Hebrew University

VEGF, Blood Vessels and Stem Cell Niches

Judah Folkman Award: Mukesh Jain, Case Western Reserve University

KLFs and vessel wall

Special Symposium: Vascular Therapeutics: new frontiers in drug discovery

Organized and Co-Chaired by: Jan Kitajewski, Columbia University and Brett Blackman, University of Virginia

Brian Arey, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Identification of a Class A GPCR Modulating Flow- induced Signaling Pathways in Endothelial Cells

Christopher Hughes, University of California, Irvine
Vascularized micro-organs: a novel high-throughput drug screening platform

Jean Yen, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals
Notch pathway inhibitors in cancer stem cells, angiogenesis and immune system

Brett Blackman, University of Virginia and HemoShear
Leveraging a human vascular tissue platform for drug discovery and development


Thursday, October 22

Joint Session on Vascular Morphogenesis and Development

Jack Lawler, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Development of a thrombospondin-1-based therapeutic for the treatment of ovarian cancer

Kerem Pekkan, Carnegie Mellon University
Computational and in vitro embryonic arterial flow biomechanics

Brant Weinstein, NICHD/NIH
Studying vascular signaling using the zebrafish

Anne Eichmann, Yale University
Guidance of vascular patterning

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The Springer Junior Investigator Award is supported by:

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL127994-01 from the national institutes of health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the department of health and human services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding visit www.lillygrantoffice.com