March 19, 2020
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At this time, NAVBO is still making plans for both Vasculata and Vascular Biology 2020.  See our statement online. 

The organizers of the IVBM2020 in Seoul also continue to plan the meeting.  See their web site.

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July 7-9, 2020

September 9-12, 2020
Abstracts due March 31, 2020
Travel Awards available

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October 25-29, 2020

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NAVBO 2020 Meritorious Award Recipients
Earl P. Benditt Award
Judah Folkman Award
Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA 
The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee and Council are pleased to announce the selection of Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA, as the 2020 recipient of the Earl P. Benditt Award, in recognition of her numerous contributions to our understanding of vascular development and growth.  Dr. D'Amore is currently the Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. She will present the Benditt Lecture, titled "Understanding capillary growth and pathology using the retina as a model system," and receive the award, one of NAVBO's highest honors, at Vascular Biology 2020 in Newport, Rhode Island (October 28, 2020). Read More 

Photo courtesy of Pierce Harman
Kristy Red-Horse, MS, PhD
The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board, and the NAVBO Council announce with pleasure the selection of Kristy Red-Horse, PhD, as the recipient of the 2020 Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists who are at mid-career (within fifteen years of their first faculty appointment). Dr. Red-Horse will present her Folkman Award Lecture, titled "Artery Development and Regeneration," and receive the award at Vascular Biology 2020 in Newport, Rhode Island (October 28, 2020)
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NAVBO Suffers the Loss of Co-Founder
Stephen M. Schwartz Passed Away on March 17
It is with a heavy heart that NAVBO shares this very sad news.  Dr. Stephen Schwartz passed away on March 17, a victim of COVID-19.  

To say that Steve was one of a kind is an understatement. Those that knew him well, will have several stories to share that would bring a smile to everyone and anyone.   
Steve, along with Michael Gimbrone, was a co-founder of NAVBO and its second President.  He also was the creator of Vasculata, NAVBO's flagship summer course.  He was instrumental in establishing the Earl P. Benditt Award.  Then in 2001, he was named the recipient of that award.  He also served on the Meritorious Awards and Education Committees and co-organized the 1996 IVBM in Seattle with the late Russell Ross.  He remained involved with NAVBO througout our entire 25 years.  His list of former postdocs reads like a who's who in vascular biology - including Mark Majesky, Bradford Berk, David Gordon, Paul DiCorleto, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Gary Owens, just to name a few.  He was a great mentor.  He will be sorely missed by generations of vascular biologists and pathologists.
Read the many tributes and memories on our web page.  Please add your own post.  Click here.
Please keep his family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.
Today's Journal Club
"Join the Club" on March 19 at 1:00pm ET
Today's Online Journal Club will be led by William Hughes, Medical College of Wisconsin, and a member of the NAVBO Education Committee.  The paper is:
Age Associated Mitochondrial Dysfunction Accelerates Atherogenesis
Daniel J. Tyrrell, Muriel G. Blin, Jianrui Song, Sherri C. Wood, Min Zhang, Daniel A. Beard, Daniel R. Goldstein

Access information will be sent to current NAVBO members via email or join through the Journal Club Forum at (login required).
NIH Extramural Program and COVID-19
Important Info for Applicants and Grantees 
The National Institutes of Health are making compensations for application and report deadlines during the COVID-19 crisis.
There is very important information on their web site: 

Deadlines Extended!!
Early Abstract Submission Deadline Extended.
Just a reminder that the IVBM2020 deadline for submission of abstracts for short talks, as well as posters, was extended to March 31.  Read the IVBM2020 Newsletter 
The IVBM 2020 Organizers are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and believe that the situation will soon be under control, therefore, they expect the IVBM to take place as planned. For more information see the meeting web site, or contact the IVBM Secretariat at

NAVBO will Present Up to 8 Travel Awards to the 2020 IVBM   
The submission deadline for the award application is now May 1.

If you are a NAVBO Trainee Member and plan to attend IVBM2020 in Seoul (September 9-12), please submit an application for a travel award (you must be submitting an abstract and be the presenting author). 
More information can be found on our web site at:

Information about travel awards from other societies can be found here
Next  Online Mini-Symposium
Join us on April 21, at 1:00pmET for Vascular Specification and Development
Our next online mini-symposium, will feature four presentations by NAVBO Trainees that presented posters at Vascular Biology 2019:
Renal stromal netrin-1 signaling drives kidney arterial development   
Xiaowu Gu, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Inhibition of Notch signaling in pericytes leads to AVM-like lesions
Taliha Nadeem, University of Illinois, Chicago
Dach1 Promotes Coronary Artery Endothelial Cell Specification    
Brian Raftrey, Stanford University
Pro-angiogenic properties of Purified Exosome Product (PEP)
Ao Shi, Mayo Clinic 
The session will be moderated by Kayla Bayless, Texas A&M University 
To register, go to:

Please note:  the mini-symposium will NOT be recorded.

Thanks to last month's presenters, Matthew Scott, Bandana Singh and Yoshito Yamashiro and our moderator, Magdalena Chrzanowska. The session was a resounding success!

The next mini-symposium will be held in April and will cover Vascular Specification and Development
Upcoming NAVBO Webinars
Next Month's Webinar
On April 2, join Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, as she gives her presentation, "What Chromatin Remodelers Can Teach Us About Vascular Development and Integrity. Click here for more information and to register for Dr. Griffin's webinar.  
Dr. Griffin's webinar is being sponsored by
 And in May, we welcome Martin Schwartz of Yale School of Medicine.  His presentation is Matrix remodeling and integrin signaling in endothelial function and dysfunction.  Please plan to attend Dr. Schwartz' webinar on May 14 at 1:00pmET.
Join us!!  NAVBO Webinars are free to current NAVBO Members. Non-members can attend for $25 per webinar.   

And don't forget you can watch recorded webinars as well - go to  

Tweet this! Join our webinar on What  Chromatin Remodelers Can Teach Us About Vascular Development and Integrity.
Travel Awards
Although, the Microcirculatory Society's annual meeting was canceled (the meeting was part of Experimental Biology), we'd like to acknowledge two NAVBO trainees that were selected for Travel Awards to this meeting - Claire Ruddiman, University of Virginia and Mumtaz Anwar, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Travel Awards to GRC
The GRC on Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health and Disease organized by NAVBO members Karen Hirschi and Christiana Ruhrberg has also been canceled.  We will look to support travel awards to this meeting the next time it is scheduled.
Lessons Learned
Dr. Amber Stratman
My name is Amber Stratman, and I have been an Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Medicine since December 2018. Time has flown by, and while I'm still learning to navigate many aspects of being a new PI, I'm happy to share some of my 'Lessons Learned' about accepting a job, the importance of community, and myself. So, with that in mind...
Congrats! You're on the job market! My number one piece of advice when choosing your new position is to understand the expectations of the job you are taking and the community of people you are joining. This might seem like obvious advice, and one might think that the definition of 'success' is fairly ubiquitous in science, but it's not. There are so many different types of institutions, positions, job descriptions, departmental cultures, and expectations it's almost overwhelming. Ask questions, even if you think they are silly. Start the position you chose with your eyes open to as many aspects of your future home as you can. As part of this process, reach out to future colleagues, other recent faculty hires (even if you don't know them well), and senior mentors to get answers to questions you have. Do the research on your potential new home, and remember to ask for what you need to succeed.
That said, no one can fully prepare you for what it is going to be like to run a lab. It's hard. Very few people are trained as managers before you're thrust into a position where you have trainees... and budgets... and teaching... and grants to write... and the list goes on, and on, and on! ... Accept now that you are going to make mistakes. You're going to hire the wrong person and have to fire them; you're going to follow an unproductive idea, have a bad day, have to say no; you're going to be sick, have to prioritize your time in tough situations, and let people down; you're going to have a lot of days with rejections, days you aren't sure what you're doing, and possibly even days you want to quit.
BUT you'll also have successes, and find you have allies, both expected and unexpected; you'll have ideas that take off, trainees that succeed, and hard-fought battles you've won; you'll have days that make the difficult one's worth it and remind you why you chose science in the first place.  
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Amber Stratman
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Amber Stratman, who is an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Find out more about Dr. Stratman's lab at
Spotlight on Trainees (from the March 5 issue)
Research products vendor Bio-Techne will be awarding a travel grant to a fortunate applicant each month throughout 2020. Application is made by filling out a survey on the Bio-Techne website; Bio-Techne will select one recipient at the end of each month for a $1000 travel grant to the conference of their choice. Any researcher from an academic or non-profit institution is eligible to apply. Better yet, all applicant submissions remain eligible for each subsequent month through the end of 2020. Think VB2020 in Newport...gotta be in it to win it!
Promote Your Presentation on the Web Site
Current NAVBO Members Can List Their Upcoming Presentations (Oral or Poster) on our Web Site
Keep members, and all who visit our web site, aware of presentations by NAVBO members.  If you are attending the meeting, be sure to attend your NAVBO colleague's presentation.  If you are also presenting at that meeting, you can attend each other's presentations and offer mutual support! It can also help make you aware when a colleague is in your town so you reach out and arrange an in-person chat. And finally, this listing can also keep you abreast of other relevant meetings and  conferences.

So check out the current listings: and add yours!
There is a form at the bottom of the page for you to add your presentation.
Recent Publications by NAVBO Members

Statins Disrupt Macrophage Rac1 Regulation Leading to Increased Atherosclerotic Plaque Calcification
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Calcification of atherosclerotic plaque is traditionally associated with increased cardiovascular event risk; however, recent studies have found increased calcium density to be associated with more stable disease. 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzymeA reductase inhibitors or statins reduce cardiovascular events.  Read more 

Gout is Associated With Increased Coronary Artery Calcification and Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging 

Endothelial cell-glucocorticoid receptor interactions and regulation of Wnt signaling
Journal of Clinical Investigation - Insight
Vascular inflammation is present in many cardiovascular diseases, and exogenous glucocorticoids have traditionally been used as a therapy to suppress inflammation. However, recent data have shown that endogenous glucocorticoids, acting through the endothelial glucocorticoid receptor, act as negative regulators of inflammation.  Read more 

Industry News (from the March 5 issue)
Guidelines for assessment of resistance vessel function in human skeletal muscle
The February 2020 issue of the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology features a "Guidelines in Cardiovascular Research" article by Jacqueline Limberg and colleagues with recommendations for experimental design and appropriate technologies in the study of resistance vessel function. Aspects of the research process covered include modern modes of data collection and signal processing, as well as traditional experimental manipulations such as post-occlusive reactive hyperemia, passive limb movement, acute single limb exercise, and pharmacological interventions.

From Mary Woolley at Research!America: "We can't ignore the President's budget"
In her Weekly Letter of February 13, 2020, Research!America leader Mary Woolley reminds us scientist-citizens to voice our views about the President's proposed FY21 budget, which includes a more than 7% cut to the NIH and a double-digit cut to the CDC. While all federal investment in basic and translational research has the potential to pay dividends to all in due course, the CDC cuts are arguably particularly shortsighted given the many unknowns associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Visit the Research!America website for tips on effective science advocacy.

FY20 DOD funding opportunities information released
Funding opportunities for the FY20 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) administered by the US Department of Defense were announced at the end of February. The PRMRP is committed to funding research that has the potential to impact the development and implementation of medical devices, drugs and clinical guidance that will enhance the precision and efficacy of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across a wide range of disciplines. The FY20 PRMRP announcements include detailed descriptions of funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements and deadlines. Pre-applications or letters of intent (dependent on award mechanism) are due in late April 2020.
Vascular Signaling Journal Issue
Special Issue of Cell MDPI focusing on Vascular Signalling 
Drs. Silvia Dragoni and Patric Turowski, NAVBO Member, are the guest editors, and invite you to submit a contribution for this special issue. Submissions
may be either a full paper or a communication based on research in any area of vascular biology, or it may be a focused review article.
The submission deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020
  • MDPI Cells is an open access journal with a current IF of 5.7
  • Articles will be published immediately after acceptance
  • Colleagues may be eligible for discounted publication charges (limited availability on a first come first serve basis; please send an email to Dr. Turowski)
More information is available here:
If you plan to submit a review article please provide either editor or Janet Yan at the editorial office ( with a title and brief description at your earliest convenience, in order to avoid multiple reviews covering the same material.
The editors wish to be notified if you plan to submit a paper.
Patric Turowski - 
Silvia Dragoni -
Job Postings
Calendar of Events
April 1 - 3, 2020
EMBO Workshop - Cell Signalling and Biology of Vascular Malformations
June 16 - July 11, 2020
Single Cell Analysis CSHL Course June/July 2020
July 7 - 9, 2020
Vasculata 2020
July 11 - 15, 2020
ISTH 2020 Congress
Sept. 9 - 12, 2020
21st International Vascular Biology Meeting (IVBM 2020)
Oct. 3 - 6, 2020
11th Kloster Seeon Angiogenesis Meeting
Oct. 25 - 29, 2020
Vascular Biology 2020
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