Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease

Biomechanical factors play a key role in the cardiovascular system during vascular growth, adaptation and in vascular diseases. Developments in vascular imaging combined with computational techniques enable us to identify biomechanical parameters that play a role in the pathophysiology of athero-sclerosis. Increasing advances of molecular techniques provide knowledge on the link between biomechanics and vascular biology and opens new avenues for therapeutic interventions.

We are happy to announce that the 8th international symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease will be held in Rotterdam. The symposium aims to bridge the gap between biomechanics, vascular biology and clinical research. Visitors from academia and industry from all over Europe and the USA visited the symposium in 2012 which was held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, ATLANTA, USA . The reactions of the speakers and the visitors were very positive, indicating that a symposium of this kind fills an important need.

The scientific program of the symposium will cover many aspects of vascular biology related to biomechanics, including inflammation, arteriogenesis, and mechanobiology. We will also have sessions in which we will discuss the relationship between biomechanics, cardiovascular disease and treatment, covering many topics like vulnerable plaques, aneurysms and plaque rupture.

Sessions will feature two internationally renowned scientists, one with technical and the other with biological/ clinical expertise.

The oral sessions will be complemented with a selection from the submitted abstracts. Furthermore, a poster session will be organized and there will be a Young Investigators Award. Like every year, the symposium on Biomechanics will start off with the ‘How to’ session, discussing the basics of biology and technical issues.

We hope to welcome you to ROTTERDAM in 2013 for an inspiring 8th symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease.

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Thursday April 18th 2013
08:30
Registration and Coffee

09:00
Session: How to
Rod Hose
Richard Lopata
Kim van der Heiden
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL
ErasmusMC, Rotterdam, NL

10:30
Intermission
11:00
Session 1: signalling 1
Brenda Kwak
Hans Vink
presentation from abstract
presentation from abstract
Universtity of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, NL

12:30
Lunch + Poster Session
13:30
Keynote: prof. D Steinman


14:15
Session 2: vulnerable plaque and rupture 1
Mat Daemen
Jonathan Gillard
presentation from abstract
presentation from abstract
Academical Medical Center, Amsterdam, NL
Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

16:00
Intermission + poster Session
16:45
Session 3: aneurysm 1
Thomas Gasser
Ed van Bavel
Hui Meng
presentation from abstract
KTH, Stockholm, DE
Academical Medical Center, Amsterdan, NL
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA

20:00
Conference Dinner

Friday April 19th 2013
09:00
Session 4: Signalling 2

Rob Krams
Hanjoong Jo
presentation from abstract
presentation from abstract
Imperial College, London, UK
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory Universtity, Atlanta, USA

10:30
Intermission
11:00
Session 5: vulnerable plaque and rupture 2
Jolanda Wentzel
Rick Hansen
presentation from abstract
presentation from abstract
ErasmusMC, Rotterdam, NL
Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

12:30
Lunch

13:30
Keynote: Peter Davies (NHS-lecture)

14:15
Intermission
14:30
Session 6: aneurysm 2

Michael Markl
Bram Trachet
presentation from abstract
presentation from abstract
Northwestem University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
University Gent, Gent, BE

16:00 - 17:00
Closing remarks, awards and drinks

18 Apr - 19 Apr 2013

Rotterdam
Netherlands
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