Leiden University Medical Center
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.
The cardiovascular system is a multicellular and disseminated organ consisting of the heart, a network of vessels and circulating blood, thereby forming an intricately interdependent system, whose dysfunction is the leading cause of human mortality. Despite translational progress with impactful new interventional and pharmacological therapies, cardiovascular dysfunction continues to plague mankind.
The current therapeutic approaches are either organ-centric or tackle the consequences of end-stage cardiovascular disease (CVD). New basic research approaches are focused on a deeper understanding of the causes and early development of CVD to identify mechanisms close to the root of the disease, providing the promise to prevent, halt, and reverse the disease process. In parallel, new tissue engineering and mechanobiology approaches are revolutionizing cardiovascular discovery research and disease modeling by more closely mimicking the human situation. However, these are largely separated research communities, with yet little crosstalk or exchange between the two. This new EMBO Workshop aims to transform the established organ-centric view on single cardiovascular organs into a systems biomedicine approach by tearing down the walls between disciplines and moving on to discussion of the cardiovascular system with an inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary approach.
Leiden University Medical Center
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Heidelberg University & DKFZ Heidelberg
University of Turin
University of Washington Seattle
Max Delbrück Center
University of Sao Paulo Medical School
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Vienna
Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Åbo Akademi University and Eindhoven University of Technology
|11:30 – 13:15||Registration and lunch|
|13:15 – 13:30||Opening remarks|
|13:30 – 14:30||Keynote: Cardiovascular models based on human pluripotent stem cell “come of age”|
Christine Mummery – Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
|14:30 – 17:00||Session 1: Where developmental biology meets cardiovascular engineering |
(Chair Kristina Haase)
|14:30 – 15:00||Genome editing to understand and engineer heart development|
Alessandro Bertero – University of Turin, Italy
|16:00 – 16:15||Selected #1|
|16:15 – 16:30||Selected #2|
|15:00 – 15:30||Cellular trajectories and regulatory control of human heart development|
Eileen Furlong – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break|
|16:30 – 16:45||Selected #3|
|16:45 – 17:00||Selected #4|
|17:00 – 17:30||Self organization and functional maturation of the heart|
Sasha Mendjan – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Vienna, Austria
|17:00 – 18:30||Speed networking|
|18:30 – 20:00||Dinner in Canteen|
|20:00 – 21:30||After dinner drinks in ATC Rooftop Lounge|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 2: Where engineering meets cardiovascular regeneration |
(Chair Jennifer Davis)
|09:00 – 09:30||Vascularization strategies for regenerative medicine|
Sara Nunes Vasconcelos – Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Canada
|09:30 – 10:00||Targeting arrhythmia in hiPSC-CMs and fibrosis in cardiac tissue culture|
Jose E. Krieger – University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil
|10:00 – 10:15||Selected #5|
|10:15 – 10:30||Selected #6|
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break|
|11:00 – 11:30||Bioprinting cardiac tissue in vitro and in vivo: Where are we at?|
Daniela Duarte Campos – Heidelberg University, Germany
|11:30 – 12:00||Cardiac maturation and regeneration: two sides of the same coin|
Enzo Porrello – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Melbourne, Australia
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch and meet the speakers|
|13:30-16:00||Session 3: Where cardiomyocyte biology meets immunology (Chair Johannes Backs)|
|13:30 – 14:00||Genetic engineering for cardiac fibrosis|
Jennifer Davis – University of Washington Seattle, US
|14:00 – 14:15||Selected #7|
|14:15 – 14:30||Selected #8|
|14:30 – 15:00||Adaptive immunity in heart disease|
Pilar Alcaide – Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA
|15:00 – 15:30||Coffee Break|
|15:30 – 15:45||Selected #9|
|15:45 – 16:00||Selected #10|
|16:00 – 16:30||Epigenetic therapies for diastolic dysfunction|
Timothy McKinsey – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
|16:30 – 17:00||Flash talks|
|17:00 – 18:30||Poster Session 1 (odd numbers) with beer and snacks|
|09:00 – 11:30||Session 4: Where cardiomyocyte biology meets vascular biology |
(Chair Pilar Alcaide)
|09:00 – 09:30||How blood flow regulates vascular networks|
Holger Gerhardt – Max Delbrück Center, Germany
|09:30 – 09:45||Selected #11|
|09:45 – 10:00||Selected #12|
|10:00 – 10:30||3D vascularised in vitro tissues for disease modelling|
Kristina Haase – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break|
|11:00 – 11:15||Selected #13|
|11:15 – 11:30||Selected #14|
|11:30 – 12:00||Vascular control of short and long distance communication|
Hellmut Augustin – Heidelberg University & DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch and meet the speakers|
|13:30-16:30||Session 5: Where cardiovascular biology meets mechanobiology |
(Chair Enzo Porrello)
|13:30 – 14:00||Notch signaling in mechanotransduction|
Cecilia Sahlgren – Åbo Akademi University and Eindhoven University of Technology, Finland
|14:00 – 14:15||Selected #15|
|14:15 – 14:30||Selected #16|
|14:30 – 15:00||Cell-cell junctions as sensors and transducers of mechanical forces|
Stephan Huveneers- Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
|15:00 – 15:15||Selected #17|
|15:15 – 15:30||Selected #18|
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break|
|16:00 – 16:30||Perfusable on-chip vascular network for mechanobiology and developmental biology|
Ryuji Yokokowa – Kyoto University, Japan
|16:30 – 17:00||Flash talks|
|17:00 – 18:30||Poster Session 2 (even numbers) with beer and snacks|
|18:30 – 19:00||Networking pre-dinner drinks|
|19:00 – 21:00||Conference dinner|
|21:00 – 00:30||Party – ATC Foyer|
|09:00 – 13:00||Session 6: Molecular Circuits of Heart Disease |
(Chair Norbert Frey)
|09:00 – 09:30||Spatial transcriptomics guides new concepts to treat arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy|
Eva van Rooij – Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
|09:30 – 10:00||Epitrancriptomic targets in heart disease|
Federica Accornero – Brown University, USA
|10:00 – 10:15||Selected #19|
|10:15 – 10:30||Selected #20|
|10:30 – 10:45||Selected #21|
|10:45 – 11:15||Coffee Break|
|11:15 – 11:45||Regulation of splicing in cardiomyopathies|
Lars Steinmetz – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|11:45 – 12:45||Keynote: From cardiac biology to new cardiac therapies|
Eric N. Olson – UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA
|12:45 – 13:00||Closing Remarks and Poster Prize Announcements|
|13:00 – 13:15||Packed Lunch and departure|
On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.
Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.
|On-site PhD Student||€250|
|On-site Journal Editors*||€200|
|Virtual PhD Student||€100|
* Editors from scientific journals are allowed to attend at a reduced rate, but asked to contribute to the conference in return by taking part in ‘meet the editors’ sessions or other planned activities within the programme.
A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.
Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Catherine Casas-Saavedra for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.
Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.
On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.
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Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.
After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.
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Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.
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Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme, EMBO, and DFG in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. These are available for on-site participants at EMBL Conferences and EMBO|EMBL Symposia, and for on-site and virtual participants at EMBO Workshops. We are currently working on securing funding for all virtual participants, and ask that you please apply for financial assistance for both on-site and virtual participation.
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The travel grant will cover the cost of travel to an on-site event (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:
–up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.
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*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Workshops
For DFG Grants, participants must travel in economy class, no business’ travel will be covered, and the hotel accommodation should not exceed 95 EUR per night.
The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel.
For EMBO Workshop participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at a conference. Eligible costs include fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. A maximum amount of €500 can be awarded per participant applying for an EMBO childcare grant. In order to apply for this grant for EMBO Workshops, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.
You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.
If you are attending virtually, you can apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by the abstract deadline. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance. Only submissions for financial assistance will be accepted. Presentation abstracts cannot be submitted here and will be declined.
In your application you will be asked to summarise your current work, answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance, and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6 – 8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection is based on scientific merit, your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support, and the impact this event will have on your career.
Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
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|Goodbye||Auf Wiedersehen (formal)|
|Good morning||Guten Morgen|
|Good afternoon||Guten Tag|
|Good evening||Guten Abend|
|Good night||Gute Nacht|
|I’m sorry||Es tut mir leid|
|Excuse me…||Entschuldigen Sie|
|How are you?||Wie gehts?|
|I’m fine thanks. And you?||Mir geht es gut , danke. Und Dir/Ihnen?|
|What is your name||Wie heißen Sie? (formal)|
Wie heißt du? (informal)
|My name is..||Ich heiße..|
|Do you speak English||Sprechen Sie englisch?|
|I don’t understand||Ich verstehe nicht|
|Please speak more slowly||Können Sie bitte langsamer sprechen|
|Where is the toilet?||Wo ist die Toilette?|
|Please call me a taxi||Bitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi|
|How do I get to….?||Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?|
|A beer/two beers please||Ein Bier/zwei Bier bitte|
|A glass of red/white wine please||Ein Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte|
|The menu, please||Die Speisekarte, bitte|
|Is there a local speciality?||Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?|
|I’m vegetarian||Ich bin Vegetarier|
|It was delicious||Es war hervorragend|
|The bill, please||Die Rechnung, bitte|
|I have a headache||Ich habe Kopfschmerzen|
|I have a sore throat||Ich habe Halsschmerzen|
|My stomach hurts||Ich habe Magenschmerzen|
|I’m allergic to||Ich bin allergisch gegen|
|I need a doctor who speaks English||Ich brauche einen Arzt, der englisch spricht.|
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