May 14, 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.

Boston, MA
Postponed until Summer 2021

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

Vascular Biology 2020
Newport, RI
October 25-29, 2020

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NAVBO Webinars
Today's Webinar 
Today's webinar will feature 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 at 1:00pmET. For more information and to register for this webinar, please go to our web site.  
Upcoming Webinars 
Join us in June as we welcome Mary Wallingford of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center.  Dr. Wallingford's webinar, Essential Yet Transient: An Introduction to the Placental Circulatory System is scheduled for June 11 at 1:00pmET.   Follow this link to register for Dr. Wallingford's webinar: .
Sara Nunes de Vasconcelos of the Toronto General Research Institute will present a webinar on July 9 at 1:00pmET.  Plan to join us! 
Later this year we are being joined by Jason Fish, University of Toronto, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Northwestern University and Hellmut Augustin, Heidelberg University and German Cancer Research Center. Details will be in future Newsletters.  
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  
NAVBO Summer Camp!!
June 22-July 1, 2020
This virtual "camp" will feature lectures covering basic concepts in Development, Signaling, Bioengineering/Matrix Biology and Inflammation.  Students and other trainees should plan to join us!   
Three-hour sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (eastern time) and will include three lectures, plus presentations by abstract authors.  Additional networking opportunities will be added.   
Registration and abstract submission links are on the web page: 
Talks will be presented by:
*Masanoria Aikawa, Brigham and Women's Hospital
*Michelle Bendeck, University of Toronto
*Ondine Cleaver, UT Southwestern Medical Center
*Anne Eichmann, Yale University
*Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 
*Bill Muller, Northwestern University 
*Stefania Nicoli, Yale University
*Wayne Orr, LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport 
Amber Stratman, Washington University in St. Louis
Additional speakers are still being added. 
*indicates organizers   
Registration is free!!  Hope you can join us!
Vascular Biology 2020
Abstract Submission Open!!
We are now accepting abstracts for Vascular Biology 2020!  The meeting features our Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System and Vascular  Inflammation Workshops and a neurovascular cross-over theme. 
Submit your abstract here:
We recognize that you may not be able to register at this time, but please do submit an abstract!  The deadline is August 1, 2020.
Next Journal Club
"Join the Club" on May 21 at 1:00pm ET
Join moderator Bhama Mulugu, Duke University, as we discuss: " Brain Endothelial Cells Are Exquisite Sensors of Age-Related Circulatory Cues "
Michelle B.Chen, Andrew C. Yang, Hanadie Yousef, Davis Lee, Winnie Chen, Nicholas Schaum, Benoit Lehallier, Stephen R.Quake, Tony Wyss-Coray 

Access information will be sent to current NAVBO members via email or join through the Journal Club Forum at (login required).
NAVBO Webinar on COVID-19 Pathology
The NAVBO webinar on COVID-19 was extremely informative. If you missed it, the recording is available here.  

The session featured Vinicio de Jesus Perez discussing some of the current clinical trials, Bill Muller showing us his findings from autopsies and Zorina Galis informing us of the many resources available from NIH.  Her slides with links are available here.

The session was organized and moderated by Ke Yuan, Boston's Children's Hospital.  Dr. Yuan is already in the planning stages for a follow up session in June.
Grassroots Efforts in Testing for COVID-19
Several labs across the country are testing for COVID-19
Including those of NAVBO members! We are so pleased to highlight their involvement and community spirit. In the NIH Director's Blog, Dr. Francis Collins writes that pop-up testing labs show the volunteer spirit among scientists in the fight against the deadly corona virus pandemic. 
See his May 12 blog.

The article includes the information needed by labs that might have the equipment and materials required to run tests.  See the article titled, " Blueprint for a Pop-up SARS-CoV-2 Testing Lab."

In addition to the labs mentioned in the article, the Cardiovascular Center at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center has also been hard at work.  Here are links to information from LSU courtesy of Councilor, Wayne Orr.
Emerging Viral Threats Lab (qRT-PCR testing)
Mobile Testing
3D Nasal Swab Printing
If your lab or a colleague's lab can potentially help in regards to testing, please share the above information.    
THANK YOU to everyone on the front line and thank you to the many labs pitching in to do what they can against this horrible virus and to close the gap on the much needed test kits!
Lessons Learned
Dr. Julie Phillippi
I'm grateful to the NAVBO Education Committee for the invitation to write and share a reflection of my lessons learned. I have been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for almost 13 years. In that time, I have learned how to embrace several challenges. In time, perceived disadvantages became strengths that I learned to own and celebrate openly with a sense of pride. After taking inventory of my lessons learned, my message to new faculty can be summarized in four themes: 1) Tune in to what gives you energy, 2) Proactively seek situations that favor serendipity, 3) Don't shy away from non-linear career paths, and 4) Prioritize relationships.
Take notice of what brings you energy and invest yourself there. Experiencing joy can go hand in hand with energy, and both can emerge when one or a group works in "flow." The emerging concept of flow can be described as a balance between high challenge and high skill. While in flow, focus and productivity are high, and enjoyment is derived from the work. A unique energy is palpable. The mind is open and poised for active growth. Though flow can be achieved with intentional practice, commitment to a shared purpose can conjure flow organically. There can be joy in little moments that renew energy. Perhaps it's making the acquaintance of potential new collaborator. A smile from a colleague who is usually serious. Moments of silence when working side by side. Where one draws energy has a lot to do with personality. Make a mental note of these joyful experiences and recall them as needed to draw energy.
Create opportunities that favor serendipity. Most of us have a story about an experience of serendipity. An event or occurrence that transpired seemingly by chance, with no other logical explanation. Recalling a serendipitous event invokes a positive feeling. Perhaps it was that first chance encounter with a now close collaborator, a "right place at the right time" kind of interaction. Maybe an unexpected experimental outcome led to a key observation that opened up an entirely new line of inquiry. Serendipity can bring forth joy into your work. How can one move about a career in such a way that increases opportunities to experience serendipity?
One idea is simply be actively open to new experiences and be willing to step out of a comfort zone. One example from my own experience is when I chose to meet with a guest seminar speaker somewhat as a favor and service to my Institute. My perspective is that saying "yes" can foster collegiality. (Side note: gracefully saying "no" is also important for professional development and shaping healthy working relationships.) On this particular occasion, the guest speaker held a role as Editor-in-Chief for a high impact journal. I approached the meeting with a simple intention to chat about the publishing field. By the end of the meeting, I had a recommendation to become an Associate Editor at a new sister journal. That simple 30-minute meeting led to an entire new opportunity for professional growth. My advice is to be open, meet with guest speakers, and attend seminars outside of your home Department. It need not always be a calculated pre-conceived strategy. You never really know who might reveal or open the next door for you.
Be open to non-linear academic career paths. This next opinion may be controversial, but I think academia places too much importance on pure independence in the overall value of a scientist and as a basis for advancement. When I first joined the faculty, it was as Research Assistant Professor in the non-tenure stream. I functioned initially in a lab manager role tasked with helping to establish a new research program with an early career surgeon-scientist. In this role, I was also afforded substantial latitude to develop independent research projects. These early efforts in the background led to a transition to the tenure stream and writing proposals as a PI. At the same time, I was collaboratively designing experiments and co-writing proposals together with the surgeon as PI. This symbiotic arrangement evolved into a highly efficient and productive multi-PI group with my surgeon partner and I each landing multiple NIH awards. Though some may have viewed this arrangement as too "dependent," the partnership was fulfilling, prolific, and compatible with career advancement. Importantly, it was best for the science we were working together to understand. Individual ideas and creativity are undeniably important in establishing oneself academically. One should also develop and practice self-reliance because an opportunity that challenges you to function more independently may arise. However, I think clinically impactful research is a team contact sport. To me this means that when one's ideas are extended and shared with trusted colleagues, they touch and blend with others' ideas and perspectives. Breakthroughs are made, partnerships are nurtured, and multiple lives are positively impacted. I believe there is room in one's career to grow individually and be a part of a something bigger than yourself. It requires a specific chemistry of personalities, selflessness at times, and importantly, trust.
Partnerships depend on building and maintaining trust. Finally, I have lesson learned about partnerships. Academia requires strategy but one need not play games. It is a fact that honesty and transparency are key ingredients of trust. What I have learned is how essential upholding these values truly are for maintaining partnerships. I encourage you to practice gratitude when others display trust in you. When broken, trust is difficult if not impossible to repair. Trust can waver without breaking and, with a renewal of honesty and transparency, can emerge stronger and deepen, thus enabling a partnership to evolve. When you find trust with a person, protect it, continually nurture it, and let them know you treasure it, because you have something precious and irreplaceable. 

You can view all of the Lessons Learned by visiting our web site.  Go to
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Julie Phillippi
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Julie Phillippi, who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Find out more about Dr. Phillippi's lab at
Member News
Welcome to our New Members:
Yongho Bae, University at Buffalo
John Biber, University at Buffalo
Xinjiang Cai,  UCLA Medical Center
Lucija Fleisinger, University of Oxford
Kaska Koltowska,  Uppsala University
Amanda Krajnik, University at Buffalo
Ulka Sachdev,  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Justin Van Beusecum, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Xiaowei Wang, UCSF
If you have news to share with your colleagues, send it to
Spotlight on Trainees
Grad students at Oklahoma State among those stepping up to the challenge of SARS-CoV2 testing
Karin Brulliard reports in The Washington Post on the remarkable impact the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at OSU has had on testing in its home state for the novel SARS coronavirus. The lab, which typically tests for diseases such as rabies in dogs and respiratory ailments in Oklahoma's large cattle industry, by late March was conducting more human coronavirus tests than any other lab in the state. It has recruited additional staff, including grad students with sharp molecular biology skills, to work deep into the night, processing thousands of tests a week. Notes lab director Jerry Ritchey, "A coronavirus at the end of a nasal swab, it doesn't really matter if it came from a cow, a pig or a person - it's going to be tested the exact same way."  
Recent Publicatons by NAVBO Members
Positive and negative feedback mechanisms controlling tip/stalk cell identity during sprouting angiogenesis 
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A/VEGF) interaction with VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) is key for sprouting angiogenesis in health and disease. VEGF/VEGFR2 signaling promotes endothelial proliferation and migration, as well as the hierarchical organization into leader (tip) and follower (stalk) cells via a dynamic interplay with Notch. Read more
Age-related structural alterations of skeletal muscles and associated capillaries 
Aging is associated with a progressive decline in muscle mass, strength, and quality. We have previously demonstrated the important role of the blood vasculature system in ultraviolet (UV) light-induced changes in skin and its molecular mechanisms. Read more
Neutrophil extracellular traps in COVID-19 
The Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight
In severe cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), viral pneumonia progresses to respiratory failure. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are extracellular webs of chromatin, microbicidal proteins, and oxidant enzymes that are released by neutrophils to contain infections. Read more
Constitutively active PIK3CA mutations are expressed by lymphatic and vascular endothelial cells in capillary lymphatic venous malformation 
Capillary lymphatic venous malformations (CLVM) are complex vascular anomalies characterized by aberrant and enlarged lymphatic and blood vessels. CLVM appear during fetal development and enlarge after birth, causing life-long complications such as coagulopathy, pulmonary embolism, chronic pain, and disfigurement. Read more
Lack of Flvcr2 impairs brain angiogenesis without affecting the blood-brain barrier 
The Journal of Clinical Investigation
Fowler syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive brain vascular disorder caused by mutation in FLVCR2 in humans. The disease occurs during a critical period of brain vascular development, is characterized by glomeruloid vasculopathy and hydrocephalus, and is almost invariably prenatally fatal. Read more
Call for Abstracts

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Juan Melero-Martin and Kai Wang are organizing a Methods Collection titled " Current Methods in Vascular Network Bioengineering: from Stem Cells to Organoid Systems and Tissue Engineering " for the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).
The purpose of the collection is to offer a comprehensive overview of novel techniques and standard protocols to investigate the formation of vascular networks. The focus is on 1) methods to derive competent vascular cells from the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells; 2) vascular heterogeneity and protocols to generate organ- and tissue-specific vasculatures; 3) different bioengineering approaches to form functional vascular networks, including three-dimensional (3D) printing and microphysiological systems; and 4) methods to vascularize 3D engineered tissues as well as organoids.
Would you be interested in contributing? If you are, please submit an abstract here ( Abstract submission ).
JoVE (ISSN 1940-087X) is the leading peer-reviewed scientific methods video journal, aimed at increasing the visibility and reproducibility of research. JoVE is indexed in the major databases, including PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, and Web of Science. JoVE's team will take care of the entire  process  of filming and producing your video.
If you need additional information, please contact either Juan Melero-Martin ( ) or Kai Wang (  
Thank you for your contribution!
New Journal
New journal 'JVS-Vascular Science' is online at and accepting original papers.
This journal focuses on both basic and translational vascular science, and seeks to publish the best of "bench-to-bedside" translational research, underlying modern medical, endovascular and surgical investigation and management of vascular diseases.  NAVBO member Alan Dardik is the Editor, and several NAVBO members are on the Editorial Board, including Luke Brewster, Elliot L. Chaikof, Alan Daugherty, Raul J. Guzman, Ngan Huang, Bo Liu, Kathleen Martin, Xiaochun Long, William Sessa, and Jun Yu. JVS-Vascular Science is the 4th journal from the Society of Vascular Surgery and all journals are overseen by Editor in Chief Peter Gloviczki. An invitation is extended to all NAVBO members to participate; there are no fees for papers accepted during 2020. Email for more information.

Industry News
Academic budgets feeling the pain of uncertainty
Johns Hopkins, Yale, Stanford, and their fellow top-performing research universities are wrestling with both the reality of current revenue losses and the prospect of those to come, as consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopkins leaders disclosed this week that the university will suspend contributions to employee retirement accounts, cut salaries of top leaders, and prepare for furloughs and layoffs as it confronts massive budget shortfalls, projected to total $375 million in FY21. The CARES Act is providing a measure of financial assistance to academic institutions and their students, but the looming gaps dwarf the aid allocated to date.

The Science Underlying COVID-19: Implications for the Cardiovascular System (Liu et al., 2020)
[from the abstract] COVID-19 patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and related conditions incur disproportionately worse outcome. The virus uses the ACE2 receptor for internalization, aided by TMPRSS2 protease. The tissue localization of the receptors correlates with COVID-19 presenting symptoms and organ dysfunction. Virus-induced ACE2 down regulation may attenuate its function, diminish its anti-inflammatory role, and heightened angiotensin II effects in the predisposed patients. Persistent immune activation in such patients, such as the elderly and those with CV risk, can lead to a hemophagocytosis-like syndrome, with uncontrolled amplification of cytokine production, leading to multi-organ failure and death. Read more.

FASEB maintaining COVID information clearinghouse
FASEB - the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology - is making a concerted effort to keep its participating societies and their members abreast of the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic. Toward this end, FASEB is maintaining an online compendium of resources and relevant information, with links out to the COVID-19 pages of specific scientific organizations, federal sponsors, and other governmental agencies. These specialty sites, in turn, contain a wide array of information on basic research, clinical developments, and instructional resources.  Check back frequently for updates.
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Calendar of Events
June 22 - July 1
July 12 - 14, 2020
ISTH 2020 Virtual 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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