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Vascular Biology 2021

October 24-28, 2021                                                                                 
Asilomar Conference Grounds in Monterey, CA


Keynote Lecture by Mary Dickinson, Baylor College of Medicine

Plumbing the embryo: Genetic and mechanical mechanism needed for early blood flow

Guest Society: MCS2019

The Microcirculatory Society

MCS sponsored sessions:
Developmental Dynamics of Adult Microvasculature
Organized by Jerome Breslin, University of South Florida

Abstract Deadline extended to August 10!
Early bird deadline is September 15 


Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics Workshop IX

Organized by Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Co-organizers: Mark Majesky, University of Washington and Kristy Red-Horse, Stanford University

Heterogeneity of the Vasculature
New studies on the role of pericytes in physiology and disease
Christer Betsholtz (Uppsala University)
Deciphering the transcriptional basis of organ-specific endothelial specialization
Josh Wythe (Baylor College of Medicine)

From Screens to Genes
New regulators of lymphangiogenesis from single cell profiling and functional screens in zebrafish
Ben Hogan (Peter Mac, Australia)

Clonal Expansion of the Vasculature
Vascular smooth muscle cell plasticity in health and disease
Helle Jørgensen (University of Cambridge)
Vascular cell clonality in disease
Daniel Greif (Yale School of Medicine)

Neurovascular Development
Neuro-vascular interactions in the brain
Chenghua Gu (Harvard Medical School)

Blood Vessel and Lymphatic Malformations
Insights of PIK3CA-related vascular malformations
Mariona Graupera (ICO, Spain)
The RAS signaling pathway and lymphatic malformations
Michael Dellinger (UT Southwestern)

Metabolic Requirements for Vascular Development
Smooth muscle cell metabolic response to vascular injury
Nicholas Sibinga (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Metabolic crosstalk in the muscle microenvironment
Katrien De Bock (ETH Zurich)

MCS Session: Developmental Dynamics of Adult Microvasculature
Structural plasticity of brain pericytes and its relation to capillary function
Andy Shih (Seattle Children’s Hospital)
Age-related changes in the bone microvasculature
Rhonda Prisby (University of Texas at Arlington)


Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering Workshop VIII

Organized by Christopher Breuer, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Linda Demer, University of California, Los Angeles

Co-organizers: A. Wayne Orr, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport and Ying Zheng, University of Washington

Vascular Matrix in Disease
Sickle cell disease causes accelerated elastin and collagen remodeling in large arteries
Manu Platt (Georgia Tech)
Localized elastin defects and aortic stenosis
Jessica Wagenseil (Washington University in St. Louis)

Matrix Engineering
Engineering the microvascular for tissue regeneration
Ngan Huang (Stanford University)
Loss of matrix-cell interactions and aortic dissection
Hiromi Yanagisawa (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Patterning and Morphogenesis
Forces and flows during vascular morphogenesis in the developing lung
Celeste Nelson (Princeton University)
Engineering functional human blood vessels from pluripotent stem cells
Josef Penninger (University of British Columbia)

Biomaterials and Vascular Therapeutics
Mechanobiological Enhancement of Stem Cell Therapies for Vascular Regeneration
Aaron Baker (University of Texas – Austin)
Inflammation, blood flow dynamics and the design of vascular-targeted drug delivery vehicles
Lola Emiola-Adefeso (University of Michigan)

MCS Session: Microfluidics
Pericytes in Vascular Development and Maturation
John Chappell (VA Tech) 
Recapitulating the regenerative environment
Sharon Gerecht (Johns Hopkins University)

Matrix in Vascular Calcification
DDR1 senses matrix stiffness to promote vascular calcification
Michelle Bendeck (University of Toronto)
CD73, adenosine, and vascular homeostasis: Insights from rare disease
Cynthia St. Hilaire (University of Pittsburgh)

Systems Biology and Modeling
Rethinking VEGFRs: new insights in localization, binding, and signaling
Princess Imoukhuede (Washington University )
Agent-based computational modeling of the multi-cellular drivers of fibrosis
Shayn Peirce-Cottler (University of Virginia)

Special Sessions

Pre-Conference Meeting for Trainees

Organized by NAVBO Trainee Members: Mabruka Alfaidi, LSU Shreveport and Gustavo Oliveira de Paula, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Featured speaker:
Tim Hla, Boston Children's Hospital

Award Presentations and Lectures

Earl P. Benditt Award Lecture
Prox1 and lymphatics, a personal perspective
Guillermo Oliver, Northwestern University

Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology Lecture
Endothelial dysfunction in coronavirus induced cardiopulmonary disease
Carlos Fernández-Hernando, Yale University School of Medicine

Springer Junior Investigator Award Lecture: TBD

Inaugural Presentation of the Stephen M. Schwartz Award: TBD

Joint Sessions

Vascular Therapeutics
Martijn Cox, Xeltis
Clinical translation of restorative polymer-based small diameter vessels
Laura Niklason, Yale School of Medicine
Engineering arterial and pulmonary vasculature
Toshiharu Shinoka, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Clinical experience of tissue engineered vascular grafts in children

Closing Joint Session: Mechanotransduction

Ellie Tzima, University of Oxford
The moonlighting mechanosensor
Dianna Milewicz, Texas Heart Institute
Role of mechanotransduction in acute aortic dissections
Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry 
Controlling Cancer by targeting non-angiogenic functions of blood vessels
Walter Lee Murfee, University of Florida
Questioning the influence of shear stress during capillary sprouting


There will be 12 presentations, each consisting of five slides in five minutes. These are based on submissions solicited in the month leading up to the meeting; they will cover the hottest and newest topics.


Please note:

We know that travel for some may be difficult, therefore, we will also have virtual components including ePosters, Virtual Poster Sessions and lectures held online October 12-15.  Register for the appropriate version.  Those registering for the in-person meeting will be able to access the virutal aspects as well.