Symposium University of Fribourg, Switzerland

 7th to 9th of November, 2016, Fribourg, Switzerland

From the 7th to the 9th of November 2016, the SmArteR consortium held a symposium that covered the 5th and 6th Workshops of the SmArteR network on vascular remodelling. This meeting was held at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and was open to PhD students, junior and senior scientists, and clinicians interested in vascular biology and arterial remodelling. Both partners of the SmArteR consortium as well as other leading scientists in the field of vascular remodelling presented background information and state-of-the-art knowledge of their field of expertise, besides the last results of their research. All SmArteR fellows presented their latest results during the poster presentation sessions. The program of the SmArteR symposium is shown below.


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Program SmArteR symposium, Fribourg 

Day one – Monday, November 7, 2016 
13.00 on Registration  
14.00-14.15 Welcome address
                       Qingbo Xu, King’s College London  
                       Curzio Rüegg, University of Fribourg  
Opening Keynote Lecture 
Chair: Qingbo Xu  
14.15-15.00 Non-coding RNA control of vascular pathophysiology  
                       Andrew H. Baker, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom  
Session 1.1 – Endothelial function and dysfunction 
Chair: Curzio Rüegg  
15.00-15.40 Endothelial function and dysfunction  
                       Keith Channon, University of Oxford, United Kingdom  
15.40-16.20 The role of perivascular adipose tissue in obesity-induced vascular dysfunction  
                       Huige Li, Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany  
16.20-17.00 Endothelial responses to shear stress  
                       Paul C. Evans, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom  
17.00-18.00 Welcome Drink Hall 
19.00-21.00 Faculty and SmArteR Fellow’s dinner 


Day two – Tuesday, November 8, 2016 
Session 1.2 – Endothelial function and dysfunction 
Chair: Curzio Rüegg 
08.30-09.10 NADPH oxidase in Endothelial function and dysfunction 
                       Katrin Schröder, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany 
09.10-09.50 Arginase in vascular aging and disease 
                       Zhihong Yang, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 
09.50-10.20 Coffee break and poster viewing Hall Joseph Deiss 
Session 2 – Update on small artery remodelling Joseph Deiss 
Chair: Ulrich Pohl 


10.20-11.00 Small artery remodelling: the integrative view 
                       Ed Van Bavel, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
11.00-11.40 Assessment of vascular remodelling in isolated human and rat resistance arteries 
                       Christian Aalkjaer, Aarhus University, Denmark 
11.40-12.20 Vascular remodelling: Role of LIM domain proteins as mechanotransducers 
                       Markus Hecker, University of Heidelberg, Germany 
12.30-14.00 Sandwich lunch and poster viewing Hall Joseph Deiss 
Session 3 – Vascular wall: smooth muscle and extracellular matrix 
Chair: Paolo Maddedu 
14.00-14.40 AMPK in the control of microvascular tone: many arrows in the quiver 
                       Ulrich Pohl, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany 
14.40-15.20 The role of biomechanical forces in intracranial aneurysm growth and rupture 
                       Brenda Kwak, University of Geneva, Switzerland 
15.20-16.00 Old and new targets of snake venom components in the vasculature 
                       Johannes A. Eble, University of Münster, Germany 
16.30-18.30 SmArteR Business meeting and brain storming  
19.30-22.00 Social dinner 


Day three – Wednesday, November 9, 2016 
Session 4 – Vascular stem/progenitor cells in remodelling and repair 
Chair: Markus Hecker 
08.00-08.40 The translational pathway of vascular pericytes towards first in man trial for treatment of myocardial ischemia 
Paolo Madeddu, University of Bristol, United Kingdom 
08.40-09.20 From pericytes to mesenchymal stem cells: a natural reprogramming? 
Bruno Péault, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
09.20-10.00 Cell reprograming: A Powerful tool to study and repair endothelial cell dysfunction in vascular diseases 
Andriana Margariti, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom 
10.00-11.00 Tea and coffee break and poster viewing 
11.00-11.40 Feeling the right force: how to contextualize the cell mechanical behavior in physiologic turnover and pathologic evolution of the cardiovascular system 
                       Maurizio Pesce, Centro Cardiologico Monzino, IRCCS, Milan, Italy 
11.40-12.20 Vascular stem cells – an update and perspective 
                       Qingbo Xu, King’s College London, BHF Centre London, United Kingdom 
12.20-12.30 Closing remarks 
                       Qingbo Xu and Curzio Rüegg 
12.30 on Departure

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