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Vascular Biology 2020

Vascular Biology - a virtual experience!

October 26-29, 2020 

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Keynote Lectures:

Dr. Jonathan Kipnis, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, Universities of Rochester and Copenhagen


NAVBO Welcomes Guest Societies:

MCS2019The Microcirculatory Society





Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System Workshop VI

Organized by Anne Eichmann, Yale School of Medicine and
Jason Fish, University of Toronto

Intersection of Cellular Metabolism and Vascular Health
Endothelial lipid metabolism
Zoltan Arany (University of Pennsylvania)
Metabolic regulation of endothelial growth state
Michael Potente (Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research)

Systems Biology, Epigenetics and Non-coding RNA
Advances in cardiovascular genomics
Mark Caulfield (Queen Mary University of London)
Dissecting the Role of Novel Cardiovascular Micropeptides
Catherine Makarewich (UT Southwestern)

Blood Vessel Morphogenesis and Vascular Malformations in the Brain
Novel approaches for the study of neurovascular development
Stefania Nicoli (Yale School of Medicine)
Angiopoietin-Tek signaling implications on arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) associated with HHT
Stryder Meadowns (Tulane University)

Signals that Control Angiogenesis, Lymphangiogenesis and Vascular Remodeling
How VEGF signaling balances proliferation and migration
Arnt Siekmann (University of Pennsylvania)
Regulation of vascular growth
Luisa Iruela-Arispe (Northwestern University)

Pericyte Signaling in Health and Disease
Sponsored by the Microcirculatory Society
Pericyte regulation of microvascular rarefaction in disease

Anjelica Gozalez (Yale School of Medicine)
Optogenetic regulation of pericytes
Amy Nelson (University of South Alabama)

Neurovascular Niche and Disease
Neurovascular interactions: mechanisms, imaging, therapeutics
Katerina Akassoglou (University of California, San Francisco/Gladstone Institutes)
Molecular regulation of BBB formation and maintenance
Calvin Kuo (Stanford University)

Cellular Heterogeneity/Plasticity and Organ-Specific Vasculature
Epithelial Vegfa specifies a distinct endothelial population in the mouse lung
Jichao Chen (MD Anderson)
Metabolic and transcriptomic heterogeneity of endothelial cells
Joanna Kalucka (Aarhus University)


Vascular Inflammation Workshop III

Organized by William A. Muller, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Gwendalyn Randolph, Washington University in St. Louis.

Resolution of Inflammation
Pro-resolving GPCRs to promote the resolution of inflammation
Mauro Perretti (Queen Mary University of London)
Resolvins and novel pro-resolving mediators in the resolution of vascular inflammation
Charles Serhan (Brigham & Women's Hospital)

Imaging Inflammation
Visualizing leukocyte migration from vasculature to inflamed tissue
Minsoo Kim (University of Rochester)
Imaging the role of different populations of monocytes and macrophage in inflammation
Paul Kubes (University of Calgary)

Inflammation in Special Vascular Beds
Sponsored by the American Society for Investigative Pathology
Mechanisms of cardiac inflammation in the failing heart

Pilar Alcaide (Tufts University)
Inflammation in the pulmonary microvasculature during pneumonia
Clare Doerschuk (University of North Carolina)

Acute Neurovascular Inflammation: Stroke
Peripheral contributions to vascular inflammation after stroke: The role of the microbiome
Louise McCullough (University of Texas, Houston)
Inflammation regulates CNS lymphatic vasculature and drainage
Zsuzsa Fabry (University of Wisconsin, Madison) 

Leukocyte Migration Across Endothelium and Beyond
Sponsored by the American Society for Investigative Pathology
Mechanisms of leukocyte migration across cerebral vessels

Lydia Sorokin, University of Muenster
The diapedesis synapse: the actin cytoskeleton in control
Jaap van Buul (University of Amsterdam)

Microvascular Permeability and Tissue Edema
Sponsored by the Microcirculatory Society
Lymphatic adherens junctions regulate growth and function

Joshua Scallan (University of South Florida)
Manipulating and exploiting tumor vascular permeability
Dai Fukumura (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Chronic Neurovascular Inflammation: MS and Dementia
Impact of inflammation on the cellular pathway of T cell diapedesis across the blood-brain barrier
Britta Engelhardt (Universität Bern)
Acute and development effects of testosterone on inflammatory responses at the BBB
Melissa Brown (Northwestern University)


Special Symposia

Pre-Conference Meeting for Trainees

Organizers: Mabruka Alfaidi, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport and Gustavo Oliveria de Paula, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Friday, October 23 - 1:00 to 4:00pmET
Requires an additional registration fee of $10.

Featured Speaker: Gwendalyn Randolph, Washington University in St. Louis.

Open discussions and six abstract presentations from graduate students and postdocs.

Award Presentations and Lectures

Earl P. Benditt Award Lecture - November 5 at 1:00pmET
Understanding capillary growth and pathology using the retina as a model system
Patricia D'Amore, Schepens Eye Research Institute, MEEI, Harvard Medical School 

Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology Lecture - November 2 at 1:00pmET
Artery Development and Regeneration
Kristy Red-Horse, Stanford University

Springer Junior Investigator Award Lecture - Thursday, October 29 at 10:15amET
Suppression of Endothelial AGO1 Promotes Adipose Tissue Browning and Improves Metabolic Dysfunction
Zhen Chen, City of Hope



Joint Sessions:

Signaling in Vascular Inflammation
Thursday, October 29 - 11:00am-1:45pmET (presented in two parts)
Co-sponsored by the Microcirculatory Society and the American Society for Investigative Pathology

Taming inflammation and death: Therapeutic targeting of RIP kinases in atherosclerosis
Denuja Karanukaran (Monash University) 
A systems genetics analysis of human endothelial cells
Casey Romanoski (University of Arizona)
Non-coding RNAs in vascular cell therapy
Lars Maegdefessel (Technische Universität München)
Neural control of immunity
Sangeeta Chavan (Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research)
Foxo transcription factors regulate lymphatic valve formation
Ying Yang (University of South Florida)
Endothelial cell calcium signaling regulates leukocyte diapedesis: Studies using intravital microscopy
David Sullivan (Northwestern University)

High Endothelial Venule: A Gateway for T Cell Entry in Cancer and Chronic Inflammation

Organizer: Masanobu Komatsu, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research Hospital
Tuesday, October 27 - 11:00am-12:30pmET
Masanobu Komatsu (Johns Hopkins All Children's Research Hospital)
Regulation and function of intratumoral high endothelial venules
Gabriele Bergers (KU Leuven)
High endothelial venules (HEVs): specialized blood vessels mediating lymphocyte entry to lympth nodes and tumors
Jean-Philippe Girard (CNRS-University of Toulouse)

Vascular Therapeutics
Organizer: Masanori Aikawa, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Wednesday, October 28 - 11:00am-12:30pmET
New Paradigms for biomedical product development and the NIH
Zorina Galis (NHLBI/NIH)
MicroRNA-targeted therapeutics for atherosclerosis
Elizabeth Tarling (University of California, Los Angeles)
The promise of antisense therapeutics for undruggable targets in cardiovascular disease
Sotirios Tsimikas (Ionis Pharmaceuticals and University of California, San Diego)
Innovative therapeutics: gene therapies and vaccines for cardiovascular diseasese and COVID-19
Ryuchi Morishita (Osaka University School of Medicine)


Round Tables

  • Applying Lessons Learned from Vascular Development
  • Blood Brain Barrier in Health and Disease
  • COVID-19: The Vasculature Unleashed
  • Lymphatics and Lymphoid Tissue in Tumor Progression and Metastasis
  • Resolution of Inflammation
  • Single Cell RNA-sequencing
  • Transendothelial Migration
  • Academic Path for Women and Minorities: Imposter Syndrome
  • Calls for Social Justice: We Need to Act
  • Career Developments for Trainees and Early Stage Investigators from Underrepresented Communities and Beyond
  • Challenges of Internationally Trained Scholars: Let's share tips on how to succeed in the U.S.
  • Grant Writing Round Table: Reviews, Revisions, and Resubmissions
  • How to build an Academic-Industry Partnership Research Hub
  • Training Challenges in the COVID-19 Era

*Round Tables that are scientific in nature will NOT be recorded. Those related to career development and training will be recorded and available through 11/28.
These sessions will be limited to 30 attendees in order to promote in-depth conversations. You can preregister for sessions within the meeting platform once you log in on October 12.

Poster Discussions

  • Atherosclersosis/Restenosis
  • Emerging Topics in Microcirculation - Sponsored by the Microcirculatory Society
  • Inflammation in Special Vascular Beds - Sponsored by the American Society for Investigative Pathology
  • Lympthatics
  • Neurovascular Inflammation Poster Discussion
  • Signaling in Development
  • Signaling in Inflammation and Transmigration
  • Vascular Malformations

*Poster Discussions will NOT be recorded.
These sessions will be limited to 30 attendees in order to promote in-depth conversations. You can preregister for sessions within the meeting platform once you log in on October 12.

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL152546-01 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.