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Vascular Biology 2024

The Annual Meeting of the
North American Vascular Biology Organization
and the Microcirculatory Society


Vascular Biology 2024 – Preliminary Program

October 20-24, 2024 – Asilomar Conference Grounds

Day 1 – Sunday, October 20




Pre-conference Meeting for Trainees
Tips for building and maintaining blood vessels along with a rewarding career
Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Organizers: Akinola Akinbote, European Molecular Biology Laboratory Barcelona and
Siqi Gao, University of Pennsylvania



Keynote LectureEndothelium at the interface of lipid metabolism and vascular function
William C. Sessa, Pfizer, Inc.
Earl P. Benditt Award Presentation and Lecture
The Ins and Outs of the Endothelial Barrier
Asrar Malik, University of Illinois at Chicago
9:30-10:30pmWelcome Reception

Day 2 – Monday, October 21

7:30-8:30amGroup Breakfast
8:30-10:00amMechanotransduction in Embryonic Vascular Development
A novel cellular mechanism controlling venous-specific vessel integrity
Anne Lagendijk, University of Queensland
Mechanotransduction and inflammatory pathways in aortic aneurysm formation
Lars Holmgren, Karolinska Institutet
Mechanisms of Blood Flow Regulation in the Microvasculature
Perivascular adipose tissue: a complex modulator of vascular function in inflammatory bowel disease
Erika Boerman, University of Missouri
Microglia regulate basal capillary tone in health and Alzheimer's disease
Ukpong Eyo, University of Virginia
Vascular regulation of immune system ageing
Anjali Kusumbe, Oxford University
Vascular Signaling and Diseases
Mechanisms of accelerated carotid and cerebral artery remodeling in sickle cell disease
Manu Platt, NIBIB/NIH
Genetic determinants of coronary artery disease risk in vascular smooth muscle cells
Mete Civelek, University of Virginia
12:00-1:30pmMeet the Professor Lunch for TraineesLunch for all others
1:30-4:00pmGeneral Session: Malformations – Supported by the Sturge-Weber Foundation
Vascular malformations in pregnancy
Mary Wallingford, Tufts Medical Center
Unraveling the molecular mechanisms behind arteriovenous malformations
Henar Cuervo, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares
Germline and somatic mutations fuel the development and growth of cerebral cavernous malformations
Douglas Marchuk, Duke University
Modeling vascular malformations in zebrafish
Nathan Lawson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
6:00-7:00pmGroup Dinner
7:00-10:00pmPoster Sessions

Day 3 – Tuesday, October 22

7:30-8:30amGroup BreakfastCareer Development Forum
Mechano-feedback control of brain blood flow
Osama Harraz, University of Vermont
Vascular Matrices and Diseases
Elastic fibers and aortic stenosis
Jessica Wagenseil, Washington University in St. Louis
Extracellular matrix mechanics on vascular phenotype
Ngan Huang, Stanford University
10:30am-12:00pmMolecular and Cellular Mechanisms of HHT
Sponsored by Cure HHT
Evidence for connexin regulation of vascular malformation in HHT
Jennifer Fang, Tulane University
Endoglin in arteriovenous malformation – lessons from mosaic analysis
Lars Jakobsson, Karolinska Institutet
Transcriptional Regulation of Inflammation and Resolution
An unexpected role for the TDP-43 RNA-binding protein linked to ALS/FTD in endothelial activation and recovery
Patrick Murphy, University of Connecticut
Regulation and function of pro-resolving receptors in immune cells
Matthew Spite, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
12:00-1:30pmDEI Round Table with lunchGroup Lunch
1:30-3:30pmMCS – President’s Symposium: Microvascular Changes During Pregnancy
Exploiting vascular homing peptides to manipulate uteroplacental perfusion
Lynda K. Harris, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Styliani Goulopoulou, Loma Linda University
Role of dysregulated angiotensin II signaling in maternal microvascular dysfunction after preeclampsia
Anna Stanhewicz, University of Iowa
Vascular-immune crosstalk in preeclampsia and future cardiovascular disease
Lauren Biwer, Yale School of Medicine
Leptin in preeclampsia: Mechanisms of adverse outcomes
Jessica Faulkner, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
3:45-4:30pmMCS Landis Award Lecture
Recipient to be determined
4:30-6:00pmEmerging Topics in Microcirculation
Presentations are chosen from abstracts
Vascular Patterning and Mechanotransduction
Mechanosensing in vessels
Ellie Tzima, Oxford University
Integrating mechanical microenvironments; the interplay of shear stress, tissue stiffness and gene expression
Elizabeth Jones, KU Leuven
6:00-7:00pmGroup Dinner
7:00-10:00pmPoster Sessions

Day 4 – Wednesday, October 23

7:30-8:30Group BreakfastCareer Development Forum
8:30-10:00amLeukocyte Recruitment and Interaction
with the Vasculature
T cell trafficking in cardiac and vascular inflammation
Pilar Alcaide, Tufts University School of Medicine
Emerging Technologies and Modeling of the Vasculature
Engineering tissue-specific in vitro human microvessels
Kristina Haase, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
A bipotent and expandable arteriovenous endothelial progenitor from human pluripotent stem cells
Lay Teng Ang, Stanford University
10:30am-12:00pmOrgan-Specific Lymphatic Diversity
Vegfc-mediated lymphatic expansion during heart maturation and regeneration
Michael Harrison, Weill Cornell Medicine
Signaling in the Vasculature
Anatomical and molecular characterization of the zebrafish meninges and their resident cells
Marina Venero Galanternik, University of Utah
12:00-1:30pmDEI Round Table with lunchGroup Lunch
1:30-3:00pmCerebral Microvascular Function in Health and Disease
Regulation of brain myelination by the meningeal lymphatic system
Sandro Da Mesquita, Mayo Clinic
3:15-5:00pmNAVBO – Award Lectures and Presentations (recipients to be determined)
Presentation of the Stephen Schwartz Award
Presentation of the Florence Sabin Award
Springer Award Presentation and Lecture
Judah Folkman Award Presentation and Lecture
New insights in lymphangiogenesis from zebrafish studies
Benjamin Hogan, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
7:00-10:00pmPosters Sessions

Day 5 – Thursday, October 24

8:30-8:45amPresentation of the Poster Awards
8:45-12:45pmGeneral Session: Metabolism
Regulation of endothelial cell fate by glycosylation
Dionna Kasper, Dartmouth College
Poor metabolic health as a risk factor for dementia: Influence of sex & sex hormones
Kristen Zuloaga, Albany Medical College
Multi-omic interaction networks and vascular cell metabolism
Joseph Loscalzo, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Metabolic insights into endothelial cell functions
Yajaira Suarez, Yale School of Medicine
12:45-1:00pmClosing Remarks
Abstract Submission
Venue and Travel

Super Early Bird Registration Ends June 30!!
Abstract submission deadline is August 1

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