Cardiac biology: From development to regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a prime example of the interdisciplinary trend in contemporary biomedical research, incorporating developmental and stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, gene and cell therapeutic approaches. The science underpinning recent advances in tissue repair has already provided significant clinical outcomes in many organ systems, yet the challenges facing regeneration of the cardiovascular system are particularly complex. The mature mammalian heart is particularly refractory to recovery after insult, mysteriously losing the robust cardiac regenerative capacity of the embryo, which is retained by other species into adulthood. This conference will cover recent discoveries in cardiac developmental biology, compare cardiac systems across the evolutionary spectrum, and explore the fundamental barriers to cardiac self-renewal in the clinical context. International specialists will share their latest work in this challenging field, focusing on the interface of basic and translational research.

Aims of event

This conference will cover recent discoveries in cardiac developmental biology, compare cardiac systems across the evolutionary spectrum, and explore the fundamental barriers to cardiac self-renewal in the clinical context. International specialists will share their latest work in this challenging field, focusing on the interface of basic and translational research.

Topics

Heart development and evolution, cardiovascular disease, heart regenerative strategies, therapeutic approaches

Who should attend

Developmental Biologists, Cardiac Biologists, Cardiologists, Cardiothoraric Surgeons, Pediatric Cardiologists
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Invited Speakers

Thomas Braun, Max-Planck-Institut for Heart and Lung Research, Germany
Margaret Buckingham, Institut Pasteur, France
Ken Chien, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, USA
Vincent Christoffels, HeartRepair, The Netherlands
Stefanie Dimmeler, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Lior Gepstein, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Bob Graham, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia
Richard Harvey, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia
Ahsan Husain, Emory University, USA
Silviu Itescu, Mesoblast, Australia
Gordon Keller, University of Toronto, Canada
Richard Lee, Partners Research Facility, USA
Cecilia Lo, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Chuck Murry, University of Washington, USA
Eric Olson, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Ken Poss, Duke University Medical Center, USA
Bill Pu, Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
Paul Riley, Oxford Cardiovascular Science, United Kingdom
Nadia Rosenthal, EMBL Australia, Australia
Anthony Rosenzweig, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA
Silke Sperling, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
Didier Stainier, Max-Planck-Institut for Heart and Lung Research, Germany
John Stomatoyannopoulos, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA
Samuel Stupp, Northwestern University, USA
Joe Wu, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Andreas Zeiher, J.W. Goethe University Hospital, Germany

7 Jun - 10 Jun 2013

Heidelberg
Germany
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