March 22, 2018
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  20th IVBM   Helsinki, Finland   June 3-7, 2018
Abstracts due March 19! 


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

Vascular Biology 
Newport, RI 
October 14-18, 2018 
Next webinar is April 5
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Trainee Awards
We support our trainee members in attending more than just NAVBO meetings - we have awards for the GRC, IVBM, Lymphatic Forum and World Congress on Microcirculation!

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Submission Deadlines Looming
Session Proposal for Vascular Biology 2019
In 2019, we will continue to incorporate "member developed" sessions for Vascular Biology, NAVBO's annual meeting. We are seeking submissions in any area of research that members consider topical as well as ideas for the Vascular Therapeutics session. The featured workshops at Vascular Biology 2019 are Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics and Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering.  Please note the deadline is fast approaching - April 2, 2018. See the web site for more details .
Seeking NAVBO Councilors
If you are a regular NAVBO member in good standing (dues paid through December 31, 2018) 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 March 31, 2018.  See .  You will need to log in.
NAVBO's Webinar Series
Next Webinar is April 5
Sponsored by DMT
- featuring Jessica Wagenseil of Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Wagenseil's presentation entitled, "Elastic fibers and the mechanics of maturing arteries," is scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 1:00pm EDT.  For more information or to register go to

IVBM - Now Accepting Late-Breaking Abstracts
Submit your late-breaking abstract through May 7

See the program for the meeting. register and plan your travel ( Finnair is giving discounts to those traveling to the IVBM).  Plan now to attend and submit an abstract.

Early bird registration deadline is March 31!

Please note that late-breaking abstracts will not be considered for oral presentation nor will the travel award applications deadlines be extended.
Register for Vasculata and Vascular Biology
Register for Vascular Biology and Vasculata 
Registration is now open for our annual meeting, Vascular Biology (October 14-18 in Newport, RI).  Go to

You can also register now for Vasculata 2018 (July 23-26, St. Louis, MO).  Go to
Remember workshops fill up quickly, so register soon!

You can also submit an abstract for either meeting. Go to the appropriate meeting web site.
Vascular Calcification - Call for Papers
NAVBO Research Topic on Vascular Calcification 
NAVBO has joined with Frontiers, publishers of Frontiers In Cardiovascular Medicine,and co-editors Dwight Towler, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Yabing Chen, University of Alabama, to assemble a collection of papers in the research topic of Vascular Calcification.

Please consider submitting a manuscript to the journal under this topic.  Information can be found at
March For Science 2018 
Stand United in Supporting Science
This year's March for Science is
April 14, please plan to participate!

RSVP today to your local March for Science! 
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Stryder Meadows
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Stryder Meadows, an Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Tulane University. Find out more about Dr. Meadows and his lab at

Spotlight on Trainees (from the March 8 issue)
Who benefits from-and pays for-the work of creating an equitable and inclusive work environment?
Expecting graduate students to shoulder the burden of efforts that honor and celebrate diversity, benefiting the broader university community-without compensation or accountability-is by its nature exploitative, argues Prabhdeep Kehal, a doctoral student in sociology at Brown University. Writing in Inside Higher Ed , Kehal notes that "[t]hroughout my postsecondary career, much of my time has been dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives. I volunteered this labor as if these institutions were entitled to my time. Very rarely was I asked to engage, because the assumption was that I would engage. After experiencing years of slow progress, I came to see more clearly an immense gap between an institution's intention for inclusion and their investment in it." The author's experience, and that of others cited, has left a sense of frustration alongside their commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion in the academy.
Lessons Learned (from the March 8 issue)
Staying Ahead of the Game
Greetings from New Orleans!  My name is Stryder Meadows and I am an Assistant Professor at Tulane University.  In 2014, I dove head first into the most challenging undertaking of my life.  I uprooted my family and started my own research lab in a new state. Reflecting on the past 3 years, I would like to think I've had some professional successes while minimizing the hiccups along the way. I'm happy to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions about my journey, and hope that my experiences prove useful to future independent investigators. We are all somewhat thrown into this position with no road map for establishing a thriving research program, so be proactive in seeking advice and stay ahead of the game. . . Read this piece in its entirety along with other lessons learned.

If you would like to share your lessons learned as you moved into your role as an independent investigator, send your submission to .
Member News
Welcome to our New Members:
Fabeha Fazal, University of Rochester
Daniyal Jafree, University College London
Xiaolei Liu, Northwestern University
Bria Macklin, Johns Hopkins University
Corinne Nielsen, Ohio University
Chanele Polenz, University of Toronto
Bartosz Proniewski, Jagiellonian University
Brian Raftrey, Stanford University
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Johns Hopkins University
Marta Sojak, Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics
Joanna Suraj, Jagiellonian University
Bo Tao, Yale University
Ann-Cathrin Werner, LMU Munich
Pengchun Yu, Yale University School of Medicine
Wenping Zhou, Yale University

If you have news to share with your colleagues, send it to
 Recent Publications by NAVBO Members

Effects of teriparatide on morphology of aortic calcification in aged hyperlipidemic mice
American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Calcific aortic vasculopathy correlates with bone loss in osteoporosis in an age-independent manner. Prior work suggests that teriparatide, the bone anabolic treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis, may inhibit onset of aortic calcification.  Read more


Whole-Mount Adult Ear Skin Imaging Reveals Defective Neuro-Vascular Branching Morphogenesis in Obese and Type 2 Diabetic Mouse Models
Scientific Reports
Obesity and type 2 diabetes are frequently associated with peripheral neuropathy. Though there are multiple methods for diagnosis and analysis of morphological changes of peripheral nerves and blood vessels, three-dimensional high-resolution imaging is necessary to appreciate the pathogenesis with an anatomically recognizable branching morphogenesis and patterning.  Read more


Postnatal development of lymphatic vasculature in the brain meninges
Developmental Dynamics
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, the central nervous system (CNS) has been viewed as an immune-privileged environment with no lymphatic vessels.  Read more


Peripheral post-ischemic vascular repair is impaired in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease
The pathophysiology of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains uncertain. Along with brain amyloid-β (Aβ) deposits and neurofibrillary tangles, cerebrovascular dysfunction is increasingly recognized as fundamental to the pathogenesis of AD.  Read more


Chemotherapeutic-Induced Cardiovascular Dysfunction: Physiological Effects, Early Detection-The Role of Telomerase to Counteract Mitochondrial Defects and Oxidative Stress
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Although chemotherapeutics can be highly effective at targeting malignancies, their ability to trigger cardiovascular morbidity is clinically significant.  Read more


Neutrophils recruited through high endothelial venules of the lymph nodes via PNAd intercept disseminating Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus aureus is a skin- and respiratory tract-colonizing bacterium and is the leading cause of community-acquired skin infections.  Read more


Visualizing the function and fate of neutrophils in sterile injury and repair
Neutrophils have been implicated as harmful cells in a variety of inappropriate inflammatory conditions where they injure the host, leading to the death of the neutrophils and their subsequent phagocytosis by monocytes and macrophages.  Read more


Pericyte ALK5/TIMP3 axis in pericytes contributes to endothelial morphogenesis in the developing brain
Developmental Cell
he murine embryonic blood-brain barrier (BBB) consists of endothelial cells (ECs), pericytes (PCs), and basement membrane.  Read more

Industry News (from the March 8 issue)
Experimental Reproducibility in Crisis
There is a reproducibility crisis occurring in the life sciences that impacts all researchers, influencing the collection, analysis, and interpretation of their data. Recent surveys have shown that more than half of researchers struggle to reproduce not only the results of their fellow scientists, but their own experimental data as well. To help scientists wrestle with this thorny issue, Science magazine is hosting a webinar on Wednesday March 14, 2018. Viewers will learn how irreproducible or questionable data can result in time-consuming, costly repetition of studies and, in some cases, misinterpreted or incorrect conclusions. Participants include John Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc., from Stanford University and Gregor Witte, Ph.D., from Ludwig Maximillian Universität in Munich.

Updated Parent Program Announcements for NIH Fellowships Released
Welcome tidings for pre- and post-doctoral trainees in search of fellowship support: the NIH has issued 2018 program announcements for their family of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs).   Opportunities include sponsorship for Individual   Predoctoral Fellows to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31), Individual Fellowships for Students at Institutions with NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30), Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32), and Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31). This family of programs is long-standing, and its components have been reliably re-issued at 2-3 year intervals; nevertheless, it is reassuring for trainees-and their mentors-to see the current crop emerge.

Speaking of NIH translates! 
From STAT 
A study recently published in PNAS by researchers at Bentley University documents the importance of federal support for basic research: NIH-funded studies contributed to the science that underlies every one of the 210 new drugs approved by the FDA between 2010 and 2016. The study, led by Dr. Fred Ledley of Bentley's Center for Integration of Science and Industry, is novel in its examination of the links, both direct and indirect, between NIH sponsorship and the advent of FDA-approved drugs. The authors conclude with a strong case for continued federal funding of basic science - which some view as under threat by the current administration. Of the 210 approved agents, 84 were considered "first-in-class," that is, treating disease through novel mechanisms or molecular targets.
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Calendar of Events
April 8 - 12, 2018
Keystone Symposia - Organs- and Tissues-on-Chips
April 14 - 15, 2018
HHT Southeast Regional Conference
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 14 - 15, 2018
Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health and Disease (GRS)
July 15 - 20, 2018
Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health and Disease (GRC)
July 18 - 21, 2018
ISTH SSC 2018 Meeting
Sept. 9 - 13, 2018
11th World Congress of Microcirculation (WCM2018)
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