With 2018 winding to a close, we offer a look back at our most-viewed items in this year's online NewsBEAT and on the NAVBO website. We have had our share of satisfying moments - record breaking attendance at the IVBM in Helsinki in June, another successful summer offering of Vasculata and well-attended workshops at a new venue in Newport, RI in October
. Below you will find a sampling of items popular with our readers (based on numbers of online "hits"), representing the features through which we endeavor to keep our members abreast of developments in the vascular biology community and beyond: Lab of the Month, Spotlight on Trainees, Member Publications, Industry News, NAVBO Awards, and trainee resources. (Time-sensitive items such as meetings calendars and job postings are not included.) Enjoy, and see you in 2019 as we begin our celebration of NAVBO's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary!!
Judah Folkman Award Announcement (February 22):
Christiana Ruhrberg to Receive the 2018 Judah Folkman Award
The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board, and the NAVBO Council announce with pleasure the selection of Christiana Ruhrberg, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2018 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. Ruhrberg will present the Folkman Award Lecture, "Molecular and cellular mechanisms of blood vessel growth," and receive the award at Vascular Biology 2018 in Newport, Rhode Island (October 17, 2018). Read More
Member Publication (February 8):
Disturbed Flow Promotes Arterial Stiffening Through Thrombospondin-1
Arterial stiffness and wall shear stress are powerful determinants of cardiovascular health, and arterial stiffness is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. Read more
Lab of the Month
NOTCH1 is a mechanosensor in adult arteries
Endothelial cells transduce mechanical forces from blood flow into intracellular signals required for vascular homeostasis. Here the authors show that endothelial NOTCH1 is responsive to shear stress, and is necessary for the maintenance of junctional integrity, cell elongation, and suppression of proliferation, phenotypes induced by laminar shear stress.
Spotlight on Trainees (July):
MIT's Robert Langer offers encouraging tips for early-career scientists
Robert Langer, a member of the MIT faculty since 1977, has had a spectacular career by any measure: he holds an Institute Professorship at MIT, has more than 1,400 published articles and 1,300 patents to his credit, and has earned more than 220 major professional awards including the US National Medal of Science. These achievements, however, came after what he regards as an inauspicious start in convincing colleagues and research sponsors about the value of his ideas. In a
recent piece in PartneringInsight
, Dr. Langer shares lessons gleaned from his early-career experience.
Lab of the Month (April):
Lessons Learned (April):
Kazuyo Kegan, Johns Hopkins University "Our institution traditionally provides no direct salary support for non-clinical faculty. Thus, the transition from junior faculty to partial dependence on mentor-initiated funding, to a combination of mentor and independent support, to finally being fully independently funded has been extremely challenging. Before reaching this point, I had to obtain multiple small internal and external funding awards. I am still in the process of building a new lab, but I hope I can share a few ideas that might be helpful and important for writing grants and becoming an independent scientist."
Lessons Learned (March):
Stryder Meadows, 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. . . . Try celebrating professional accomplishments, such as getting a grant, publishing your paper or grading your last exam, with your family. This is a good way to include them into your work life, and gives your children the opportunity to see that hard work is rewarded with fun."
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