Research image credit: Graeme Birdsey

The Vascular Science, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and Organ-on-a-chip Networks are organising an afternoon symposium. By discussing overlapping topics involving vascular biology, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and organoids we aim to enable the development of transformative ideas and interdisciplinary collaborations.

There will be three talks from exciting speakers Dr Graeme Birdsey and Dr Jeniffer Fratollin (Imperial College London) and the international guest speaker Professor David Smadja (University of Paris). All participants will be able to further discuss these topics in three breakout sessions. PhD students (pre-selected into teams) will attend one of the breakout sessions and work closely to create a powerpoint presentation summarising the discussions of each topic in the final session. Prizes will be awarded to the best presentation! 

Presentations

Chairs: Prof Jane Mitchell, Prof Beata Wojciak-Stothard, Prof Anna Randi

14:00  Dr Michaela Noseda and Dr Blerina Ahmetaj-Shala  – Welcome and Opening Remarks

14:05  Dr Graeme Birdsey, NHLI, Imperial College London – “Regulation of lymphatic endothelial cell gene expression and lymphangiogenesis by the transcription factor ERG”

14:25  Dr Jeniffer Fratollin, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London – “A microfluidic platform to study chemokine-mediated leukocyte migration” 

14:45 GUEST SPEAKER Prof David Smadja, Université de Paris – “Aortic valve disease: innovative strategies to propose new therapeutic approaches”

15:10- 16:10  PARALLEL BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Group 1: “Vascular stem cells”  – Moderators: Dr Michela Noseda, Dr Graeme Birdsey

Group 2: “Vascularization of regenerating tissue”Moderators: Dr Blerina Ahmetaj-Shala, Dr Jeniffer Fratollin

Group 3: “Vascular niches for stem cells” Moderators: Prof Cristina Lo Celso, Prof David Smadja

16:10 – 16:40   TEA/COFFEE

16:40 – 17:30  STUDENT FEEDBACK OF BREAK-OUT SESSION

17:30 – 18:00  GENERAL DISCUSSION

Getting here