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Tulane University
July 17-20, 2023

Amitabh Pandey, M.D., Tulane University

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The registration and abstract submission sites are now open.


Angiogenesis and Atherosclerosis Data Science and Informatics
Vascular Biology and Signaling Cellular Communication between Vasculature and Tissues
Gender Modifiers Intersection of Nervous System and Vasculature
Environmental Modifiers Vascular Targets for Pharmacologic Interventions
Hypertension Organ Transplantation and the Vasculature

Speakers and their topics

Keynote: Patty Lee, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
                The Future of Lung-Vascular Senescence

Vasculata Faculty:
Jorge Castorena, Tulane University
          Lymphatics and cardiovascular disease states     

Patrick Delafontaine, Tulane University
          IGF-1 and Atherosclerosis

Jennifer Fang, Tulane University
          Blood vessel growth and development

Christopher Gillard, Xavier University of Louisiana
          Keep it Flowing: Current and Future Pharmaceutical Treatments for Atherosclerosis

Yusuke Higashi, Tulane University
          Smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration via induction of RECK 

Suttira Intapad, Tulane University
          Pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction as risk factors for hypertension

Reza Izadpanah, Tulane University
          Cardiac tumors and angiogenesis

Olan Jackson-Weaver, Tulane University
        Endothelial glycocalyx damage during ischemia-reperfusion insult: Mechanisms and effects

Sarah Lindsey, Tulane University
          Changes in vascular expression of GPER in hypertension 

Michelle Matter, Tulane University
          Vascular targets for pharmaceutical therapies in sepsis

Stryder Meadows, Tulane University
          Vascular disease and development

Mark Mondrinos, Tulane University
          Organoid-based models of vascular diseases

A. Wayne Orr, LSU Health Shreveport
          Biomechanics, cell-cell, and cell-matrix

Amitabh C. Pandey, Tulane University
          Vascular smooth muscle cells and inflammation

Ibolya Rutkai, Tulane University
          Mitochondria and cerebral vasculature and stroke

Flavia M. Souza-Smith, LSU Health New Orleans
          Lymphatics and immune crosstalk

Sergiy Sukhanov, Tulane University
          Insulin-like growth factor I reduces human-like coronary atherosclerosis

Shusheng Wang, Tulane University
          Retinal vascular development

Registration for Vasculata 2023 is open.

At this point in time, we do not have workshops listed.  They will be added.  Anyone registered will be notified about the workshops and given the opportunity to add them to their registration.  There will be a $25 fee for technology workshops.  Workshops on career development will be free.

Early Bird Registration Rates
(early bird ends on May 31)

Trainee (students and postdocs) members of NAVBO:  $165USD ($215 after May 31)

Non-member trainees: $245USD ($295USD after May 31)

All undergraduate students: $75USD ($100USD after May 31)

NAVBO Regular Members:  $425USD ($475USD after May 31)

Non-members who are faculty, PIs, etc.:   $525USD ($575USD after May 31)

Consider joining NAVBO to save on your registration plus receive other benefits as well -

Special notice for students - if you identify with an underrepresented group in science (Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous Peoples of America/Native American, including Native Hawaiian and Alaskan, and LGBTQ+) join NAVBO for free through our Advancing Young Voices through Diversity and Inclusion Program.  Complete the membership application here:


Abstracts are due May 1 by 5:00pmEDT

If you are familiar with NAVBO meetings, you'll notice this is a new submission site (yes, even newer than the one we used for the IVBM).  I hope you like it and feel free to give me some feed back. The submission site is open.

When preparing your abstract:

  • Abstract Size and Limitations: Titles of abstracts are limited to 250 characters; the abstract text is limited to 2,000 characters (this number includes spaces and punctuation).
  • Format: Do not include authors’ names and affiliations within the abstract body. The name of your company or institution will appear as it does in the entry you create for authors.  Remember to add yourself as an author.
  • Please enter institution names exactly the same for all authors from a single institution. Please enter complete information for all co-authors including their email addresses.
  • Do not include references, credits or grant support in your abstract; however, these should be acknowledged within your presentation.
  • Proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before submission. No proof pages will be sent to authors, but you can preview your abstract within the site for accuracy.
  • The presenter is responsible for expenses associated with the presentation of an abstract and attendance at the meeting (if you need financial assistance, apply for a scholarship).
  • Incomplete abstracts will be deleted on June 15, 2023.
  • All abstracts will be presented as Posters.

Topics for poster presentations are:

Cardiovascular Disease
Cell Biology
Organ Specific
Vascular Biology – Other

Submit your abstract

A number of scholarships will be available based on need and will cover at a minimum the registration and housing.

The deadline for applications is May 10.

Applications will be accepted online only through the submission form (link below) through May 10 - thank you.

Applications must include the following:

1) Responses to the four questions below. 

  • Please provide a summary of your project in layman's terms. Describe in 300 words, the disease or basic scientific question that you are investigating, the hypothesis, methods used, results and conclusions.
  • Where do you, the applicant, see yourself in five years?  Describe in 100 words. your professional goals and plans.
  • What is the main reason that we should select you for this scholarship? Describe in 100 words, any circumstances which the committee should be informed of to make their decision. 
  • How will you spend the money? Describe in 100 words, how you will use the scholarship money.  Be as specific as possible.

2) A letter from the applicant's supervisor/PI that

  • verifies your status within the lab/department (Be specific--3rd year graduate student; post doc in lab for two years, etc.)
  • confirms that there are little to no funds available for your trainee to attend Vasculata

3.) Applicant's CV

4.) Optional Abstract. It is NOT necessary to submit an abstract to qualify for the scholarship; however, it is strongly encouraged. 

ALL documents should be in pdf format.

Be sure you have all supporting documents on hand when completing this form.    You will not be able to save and return to the form.

Submit your Scholarship Application Here

Vasculata 2023 is taking place at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More details about the building and room locations will be posted here.

We'll also post information about traveling to the site from the airport, by car and any parking information.

The organizers are currently making arrangements with a nearby hotel for affordable rooms.  Please check back here for updates.

We will compile a list of local restaurants and diners, and links to tourist sites to help you make the most of your trip to New Orleans!

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL164033 from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 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 by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.