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  20th IVBM   Helsinki, Finland   June 3-7, 2018
Registration and Abstract Submission now open! 


Vasculata 2018 
St. Louis, MO
July 23 - 26, 2018

Vascular Biology 
Newport, RI 
October 14-18, 2018 
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The new 2016 impact factor for Angiogenesis has increased to 5.253*.
* 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Cardiovascular Medicine
Seeking Organizers for Vasculata 2019
Vasculata could be held at your institution!
If you are interested in hosting Vasculata at your institution, please see the information at
Applications are due February 20.

The 2018 Vasculata is being held July 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri!  It is being organized by Dr. Gwen Randolph, Washington University in St. Louis and Dr. Michael Davis, University of Missouri-Columbia.  Registration and abstract submission sites will open in January.
Message from the President

If you missed Dr. Giachelli's "End of the Year" message to the membership in the last issue of the NAVBO NewsBEAT (November 30), you can read it in its entirety on our web site at:
FY2018 - Funding NIH
Call to Action
As Congress works on a final federal spending bill for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), the austerity level budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act are once again in force after a two-year reprieve. Unless Congress negotiates another agreement to lift these caps, the FY18 budget for non-defense agencies and programs will be constrained to a level even lower than in FY17. Under that kind of stifling spending limit, Congress simply cannot fulfill its responsibility to advance science and ensure the security, health and well being of the American people.

Your input counts. Urge your representatives in Congress to raise the budget caps and invest in our nation's science agencies. 
Research!America is providing an easy way to email or tweet your representatives.
Spotlight on Trainees
Taxation of Grad Student Support Hangs in Balance of House-Senate Reconciliation Process
Andrew Kreighbaum of Inside Higher Ed reports today that the conference committee of Senate and House negotiators working to reconcile tax-reform measures may drop certain elements that threatened to put a dent in trainees' financial support. Lawmakers from both chambers have agreed to eliminate provisions that would regard graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and eliminate the opportunity to deduct student loan interest. Academic leaders and graduate students have voiced strong opposition to the new tax on tuition waivers. In addition, a group of lawmakers have entreated congressional leaders to scrap a proposed tax on the endowment income of private colleges.
Call for Papers on Vascular Remodeling 
Vessel Plus, an Open Access Journal, will publish a special issue on Vascular Remodeling
The field of vascular remodeling is fundamental to cardiovascular research, as vessel growth, differentiation, development and regression are involved in numerous physiologic and pathologic conditions of both systemic and pulmonary circulation. The editors of this special issue are very enthusiastic to conduct their research on pulmonary artery microvascular and vasa vasorum endothelial cells that are extremely and uniquely sensitive to pathologic conditions and environmental factors that control these vessel phenotype and function.

This special issue will give an overview plus bring together the results
of recent findings in the field of vascular remodeling. The Vessel Plus Journal's Editorial team invites you to submit your paper(s) to the special issue on " Vascular Remodeling 2018: the Updates."

The topics should be related, but not limited to: vascular development;
vasculogenesis, angiogenesis and arteriogenesis; pathologic and physiologic vessel growth; vascular permeability; bioengineering; signaling, metabolic, and epigenetic signatures of arteries, veins and capillaries.
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Maria Bloksgaard
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Maria Bloksgaard, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Vascular Physiology and Pharmacology in the Institute of Molecular Medicine of the University of Southern Denmark. Find out more about Dr. Bloksgaard and her lab at
 Recent Publications by NAVBO Members

Systems Pharmacology of VEGF165b in Peripheral Artery Disease
CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
We built a whole-body computational model to study the role of the poorly understood vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)165b splice isoform in peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Read more 


Discover of High-Affinity PDGF-VEGFR Interactions: Redefining RTK Dynamics
Scientific Reports
Nearly all studies of angiogenesis have focused on uni-family ligand-receptor binding, e.g., VEGFs bind to VEGF receptors, PDGFs bind to PDGF receptors, etc.  Read more 


R-Ras-Akt axis induces endothelial lumenogenesis and regulates the patency of regenerating vasculature
Nature Communications
The formation of endothelial lumen is fundamental to angiogenesis and essential to the oxygenation of hypoxic tissues. The molecular mechanism underlying this important process remains obscure.  Read more 


Development and plasticity of meningeal lymphatic vessels
Journal of Experimental Medicine
The recent discovery of meningeal lymphatic vessels (LVs) has raised interest in their possible involvement in neuropathological processes, yet little is known about their development or maintenance.  Read more 

Industry News
Intellectual property battles over CRISPR: The latest in a tradition of patent disputes
The ongoing dispute between the University of California and the Broad Institute over patent rights to CRISPR technology, while high-stakes, is not the first such imbroglio. Arti Rai and Robert Cook-Deegan write in Science that the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, which encouraged investigators in academe to secure intellectual property on the road to commercializing federally funded research, has created a form of competition between labs that squanders resources without advancing science. Fallout from CRISPR patent arguments, they argue, may prompt courts to limit the awarding of broad rights to investigators.
The troublesome persistence of sexual harassment in academic medicine
Carol Bates, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Harvard Medical School, writes in Academic Medicine that, based on recent surveys of graduating MDs, sexual harassment of female medical trainees remains in evidence in our institutions, despite the increased number of women in leadership positions in academic medicine. The resistance of this culture to change is built on fear of reporting episodes of harassment, owing to fear of retaliation. Dr. Bates and her co-authors recommend that institutions strive to create environments for safe reporting of harassment, coupled with mandatory training and, perhaps most important, an attitude of zero-tolerance for sexual harassment.
Is double-blind peer review an effective countermeasure to referee bias?
Writing in PNAS, Tomkins et al. probed the relative selectivity and apparent bias toward well-known authors or institutions associated with single- versus double-blind reviewing processes. Reviewers who knew the identity of their subjects typically endorsed 22% fewer papers and favored papers from top universities and companies, compared to their double-blinded counterparts. Double-blind peer review, while perhaps adding a measure of objectivity, loses the perspective that comes with knowledge of a group's ongoing research direction, and may render conflicts of interest difficult to detect.
Job Postings
Job Title
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Postdoctoral Fellow
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Post Doc in Body-on-Chip Technology
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
Postdoctoral Fellow
Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Providence, RI
Jagiellonian University
Cracow, Poland
Calendar of Events
Feb. 25 - March 1, 2018
Keystone Symposia: Vascular Biology and Human Diseases: From Molecular Pathways to Novel Therapeutics
May 31 - June 1, 2018
22nd International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies
June 3 - 7, 2018
20th International Vascular Biology Meeting
June 9 - 12, 2018
XVIII International Symposium on Atherosclerosis
July 18 - 21, 2018
ISTH SSC 2018 Meeting
Sept. 9 - 13, 2018
11th World Congress of Microcirculation (WCM2018)
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