April 16, 2020
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Unfortunately, we decided to postpone Vasculata until summer 2021.  See our statement online. 

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

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Postponed until Summer 2021

September 9-12, 2020
Abstracts due March 31, 2020
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Today's Journal Club
"Join the Club" on April 16 at 1:00pm ET
Vedanta Mehta, Kar-Lai Pang, Daniel Rozbesky, Katrin Nather, Adam Keen, Dariusz Lachowski, Youxin Kong, Dimple Karia, Michael Ameismeier, Jianhua Huang, Yun Fang, Armando del Rio Hernandez, John S. Reader, E. Yvonne Jones and Ellie Tzima
This presentation will be led by Xiaowu Gu, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Access information will be sent to current NAVBO members via email or join through the Journal Club Forum at https://www.navbo.org/forum/04-20journal-club (login required).
Online Learning Opportunities
New Offerings from the NAVBO Education Committee

1) Live Webinar Discussions - join presenters of previous webinars for live discussions.  Each discussion will cover two to three webinars thematically related. Our next discussion is Lymphatics on April 20 at 1:00pmET will feature Michael Dellinger, Sathish Srinivasan and Brant Weinstein. Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6426520526070000397
2) Journal Club - we will now offer a journal club once a month (non-member trainees of members will be able to participate as well).  Join us today at 1:00pmET (see information above).

3) Fundamental Papers - a searchable database of recommended papers ( https://www.navbo.org/papers)

4) Learning Series - four sessions built around our workshop themes.  Details will be forthcoming.

Go to https://www.navbo.org/events/online for more information
Next  Week's Online Mini-Symposia
April 21, at 1:00pmET for Vascular Specification and Development
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:

April 23, at 1:00pmET for Endothelial challenge and mural cell interactions
Constitutive Active Mutant TIE2 Induces Enlarged Vascular Lumen Formation with Loss of Apico-basal Polarity and Pericyte Recruitment
Elisa Boscolo, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Emerging mechanisms of intercellular junction remodeling
Arie Horowitz
Quantitatively defining spatial patterns of myoendothelial junctions in the arterial wall
Claire Ruddiman, University of Virginia

The session will be moderated by Xiaowu Gu, UT Southwestern Medical Center
To register, go to:
Please note:  the mini-symposia will NOT be recorded.

More mini-symposia:
April 28 - Endothelial cells in vasculogenesis and organogenesis
April 30 - Vascular stress and mechanobiology

Leadership Opportunity - NAVBO Council
Seeking NAVBO Councilors
If you are a regular NAVBO member in good standing (dues paid through December 31, 2020 or later) you are eligible to run for Council.  If you would like to take an active leadership role in this society and help guide our mission, please take the time to apply for a position on the NAVBO Council.  Six applicants will be chosen for the ballot.  Deadline to submit is May 10, 2020.  See http://www.navbo.org/membership/call-for-council-nominations .  You will need to log in.
Call for Session Proposals - VB2021
Seeking Submissions from Members for VB2021 Program
We are seeking submissions in any area of research that members consider topical as well as ideas for the Vascular Therapeutics session. Our goal is to broaden the scope of our meetings, enhance the member experience and respond to our members' interests.The featured workshops at Vascular Biology 2021 are Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics, and Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering. The deadline is May 1, 2020. See the web site for more details. 
Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Webinars  

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. For more information and to register for this webinar, please go to our web site. 
And in June, we welcome Mary Wallingford of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center.  Dr. Wallingford's webinar is scheduled for June 11.  
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  
Leaders' Lessons (from the April 2 issue)
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Leaders' Lessons, the newest NAVBO NewsBEAT feature!
Regular readers of NewsBEAT will be familiar with the popular bimonthly Lessons Learned feature in which junior faculty members share their experiences and advice to help trainees and new faculty navigate this important and sometimes difficult period of their career. Building on the success of Lessons Learned, Leaders' Lessons is a bimonthly forum in which senior members of the NAVBO community will share their wisdom and advice on how to succeed throughout one's career. Each article will feature curated responses from several experienced scientists on a single topic, offering a rich diversity of advice and opinions that we all can learn from.

This month's question is "How can faculty maintain trajectory throughout their career?" Several NAVBO Council Officers generously shared their advice for this first edition - many thanks to all of them for their insights.

In the coming months, we want to address YOUR questions - please send your suggestions to anita@navbo.org.

And of course, we also need our senior members to contribute and will be reaching out to many of you in the coming weeks to ask for your lessons as leaders. As Linda advises below, "once you are established, it's time to give back"!

Leaders' Lessons: How can faculty maintain trajectory throughout their career?

Masanori Aikawa, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
I have always tried to implement new technologies in my manuscripts or grant applications.
I have also focused on proposing new concepts rather than follow others' footsteps. 
I have tried my best to maintain mutual trust between leadership members of my department or division.  If you support them, they may want to support your career development too.
I suggest to my trainees to have courage to innovate, which energizes the entire team so that you as a PI can fly high with them.

Ondine Cleaver, UT Southwestern Medical Center
How to maintain your career trajectory in science throughout your career? My answer is do what you love. Stick to the science that excites you, and put one foot in front of the other to get the answers you seek. It's not easy, be clear on that right upfront. But with a sense of humor, resilience, persistence, and creating peer groups for cross-critiques, venting and support, it can be done. Demand critical feedback, and thicken your skin so you can make use if it. Value and foster a love of discovery in your labs, simultaneously challenging them and appreciating their efforts. Write those papers and grants, and expect rejections. But keep submitting. Remember it's a marathon, not a race. So learn to enjoy running, and maybe the view along the way.

For responses from Bill Muller, Northwestern University, Kristy Red-Horse, Stanford University,Linda Shapiro, University of Connecticut Health Center and Cindy St. Hillaire, University of Pittsburgh visit our web site:
Member News
Elisa Boscolo is the AHA's 2020 Werner Risau Early Career Awardee in Vascular Biology
Elisa Boscolo, PhD, from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is the recipient of the   2020 Werner Risau Early Career Investigator Award in Vascular Biology from the American Heart Association. Her award-winning article, "Ponatinib combined with rapamycin causes regression of murine Venous Malformation," was published in ATVB a year ago. Dr. Boscolo, along with other recipients of AHA Early Career Awards, will be honored at the 2020 (virtual) Vascular Discovery Sessions. Awardees will receive a plaque and a $2500 prize sponsored by Wolters Kluwer. Congratulations Dr. Boscolo!

Welcome to our New Members:
Ricardo Ballaro,  M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Elias Coutavas, Duke University Medical Center
Malavika Desai, Uppsala University
Rens de Groot, Imperial College London
Tendai  Hunyenyiwa, Medical College of Wisconsin
Sojin Kim, Duke University
Young-Mee Kim, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jonghae Lee,  M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Sumedha Pareek, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Stephanie Preuss, German Caner Research Center
Sandra Schrenk, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Ellie Tzima, University of Oxford

If you have news to share with your colleagues, send it to membership@navbo.org
IVBM 2020 Update
Abstract Submissions Deadline is  May 31
The IVBM2020 deadline for submission of abstracts for both poster presentation and short talks is May 31. 
The IVBM 2020 Organizers are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak.  They continue to plan for the IVBM to take place in September. For more information, see the meeting web site, https://ivbm2020.org or contact the IVBM Secretariat at office@ivbm2020.org.

NAVBO will Present Up to 8 Travel Awards to the 2020 IVBM   
The submission deadline for the award application is now May 31.

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
Slide Library Available
Proceedings and slide sets available from "Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Risk" conference in Oman
Information has been made available from the "Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Risk" short course held in February 2020 under the auspices of the International Atherosclerosis Society and the Oman Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis. The course is one of a series of residential courses that aim to increase the knowledge and experience of early- to mid-career English-speaking clinicians practicing in the Middle East-North Africa region who are interested in the management of lipid disorders. This unique series serves also to link local, regional, and international leaders in the field of lipid management. The slide library of the course is now online for downloading.
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Angela Glading
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Angela Glading, who is an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester. Find out more about Dr. Glading's lab at https://www.navbo.org/membership/members-labs/913-lab042020.
Spotlight on Trainees (from the April 2 issue)
FAQ: "I'm a graduate student at USND at Hoople, working toward my PhD on an NIH research assistantship. With the coronavirus outbreak, my lab is closed, but I still need to eat and pay my rent. Will my GRA continue?
Both USND and your federal sponsor know that graduate students play a critical role in advancing their respective research missions. However, your health and safety have to come first. Talk to your advisor and grad program director! Most institutions have prioritized continuance of stipend support for graduate assistants at current levels of compensation, at least until the end of the academic year, and the NIH has assured grantees of flexibility in timing and project progress. Your department or office of sponsored programs will work with the sponsoring agencies to confirm their ongoing support. When such support is not possible, you should explore bridge support using other departmental or college funding. And wash your hands! 
Recent Publicatons by NAVBO Members
The role of oxygen transport in atherosclerosis and vascular disease 
Journal of The Royal Society Interface
Atherosclerosis and vascular disease of larger arteries are often associated with hypoxia within the layers of the vascular wall. In this review, we begin with a brief overview of the molecular changes in vascular cells associated with hypoxia and then emphasize the transport mechanisms that bring oxygen to cells within the vascular wall. Read more
Industry News (from the April 2 issue)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme implicated as mediator of SARS-CoV-2 infection 
Yanan Cao and colleagues at the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in China discuss in Cell Discovery further explore angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) as a cellular receptor for the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2, suggested by previous studies that correlate ACE2 expression and the infection in vitro infection by the known coronavirus SARS-CoV. In their new letter, the authors report a systematic analysis of coding-region variants of ACE2 that may affect the expression of ACE2 in different populations. No direct evidence was identified supporting the existence of coronavirus binding-resistant ACE2 mutants, but Cao et al. suggest that further study of ACE2's roles in acute lung injury and lung function is warranted.

Research!America surveys reveal mixed bag of public views of science in the US 
Research!America has released results of their recent surveys that explore the views of Americans on medical, health, and scientific research. Responses revealed a sentiment favoring genetic research as important to improving family health and agreement that more donated organs and tissues will help researchers make medical and health breakthroughs. There was also marked support for federal investment in research to improve healthcare quality and safety. At the same time, however, confidence in the value and safety of vaccines has decreased. While we are living in a time when trust is being undermined and misinformation spread, the survey results affirm that Americans rank scientists high in credibility and view research as means of solving problems.

New guidance and resources for NIH research related to COVID-19 
The NIH has begun to mobilize resources, keep grantees apprised of relaxed policies, and invite grant submissions focused on various aspects of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. "Guidance for NIH-funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19" (NOT- OD-20-087), issued on March 16, 2020, addresses potential measures to protect study participants and research staff. Guidance also addresses delays in research progress and unanticipated costs. "Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019" (NOT-HL-20-757) from the NHLBI promotes research objectives that include identification of existing cardiac, respiratory, or hematologic conditions that predispose persons to acquire SARS-CoV-2 or to develop severe COVID-19 disease.
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 (janet.yan@mdpi.com) 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 - p.turowski@ucl.ac.uk 
Silvia Dragoni - s.dragoni@ucl.ac.uk
Job Postings
Calendar of Events
June 16 - July 11, 2020
Single Cell Analysis CSHL Course June/July 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
Nov. 16 - 18, 2020
EMBO Workshop - Cell Signalling and Biology of Vascular Malformations
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