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February 2024

2024 Folkman Award Recipient

Ben Hogan -  2024 Judah Folkman Award Recipient

NAVBO announces with pleasure the selection of Benjamin Hogan, PhD, as the recipient of the 2024 Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology, which recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists at mid-career. Dr. Hogan is currently Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Co-Head of the Program in Organogenesis and Cancer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His research, taking great creative advantage of the zebrafish system, has significantly advanced our understanding of VEGF-C and VEGF-R3 as key regulators of lymphangiogenesis in development, cancer, and lymphatic disease. Dr. Hogan will present the Folkman Award Lecture and receive the award at Vascular Biology 2024 in Pacific Grove, California this October. Congratulations Ben! 


Dr. Ben Hogan

In This Issue . . .

Be sure to scroll through the whole Newsletter!


  • Developmental Vascular Biology Workshop
  • IVBM 2024
  • Vasculata 
  • Special Symposium on Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Awards and Opportunities

  • Sabin Award
  • Schwartz Award
  • Travel Awards to the GRC and the IVBM
  • Calls for Papers
  • Call for VBPA Editor
  • Job Postings


  • Lessons Learned
  • Celebrating International Day for Women in Science
  • Thanks to member contributors and our podcaster
  • Did You Know?

Plus our regular articles!

Developmental Vascular Biology Workshop


Did You Miss It?! 
The NAVBO 20th Anniversary Virtual DVB Workshop was a huge success!

Register now and you will gain access to all of the recordings.


It has been twenty years since the first NAVBO Developmental Vascular Biology (DVB) Workshop, a meeting that brought together many of the leaders of what was at the time a still-emerging and exciting new discipline.  We invited many of these leaders back to take stock of where we were then, what has happened in the twenty years since, where we are now, and the questions and challenges that lie ahead. The invited speakers presented  workshop participants with insightful perspectives on the history and evolution of their

research topics over the last two decades.  The invited speakers’ presentations were complemented by shorter presentations from rising stars highlighting the latest cutting-edge research.  Each session was an immersive experience showcasing the remarkable strides made in this dynamic field.


The workshop program and list of speakers are available HERE


This workshop, even as a recording, is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone currently studying or working in developmental vascular biology to learn about the origins of this exciting field.  It will be perhaps especially useful for trainees, who in one short meeting will receive a highly informative overview of the history and twenty-year evolution of the developmental vascular biology field.

Lessons Learned

Jennifer S. Fang, Tulane University

Too often as junior scientists and trainees, we focus our attention forwards; towards the next step in our career progression, the next experiment to plan, the next grant to write, the next presentation to pull together. Thus, I value this opportunity to pause, take a breath, and look backwards to reflect on how far I have come in my scientific career.

I am an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Prior to starting my lab at Tulane two years ago, I completed two postdoctoral positions  – with the second juggled alongside the equally daunting 

Dr. Asrar Malik

challenges of the COVID shutdown and becoming a new parent. Here are a few of the lessons I have learned in my professional journey thus far.


Lab of the Month

Month - February 2024

The Lab of Dr. Jennifer S. Fang

This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Jennifer Fang, Assistant Professor at Tulane University. Find out more about her lab by visiting her page in our Lab of the Month listing.

Did You Know?

"Did You Know?" is provided by the NAVBO Membership Committee

Vascular Crosstalk Podcast

Dr. Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD is stepping down as the Host of Vascular Crosstalk.  We would like to thank her for initiating this idea while serving on the NAVBO Education Committee and for successfully launching it in January 2023.  Dr. Vila Ellis is now an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL and serves as the Co-Chair of NAVBO's Online Program Committee. Former Education Committee Chair, Kishore Wary, remarked, “Lisandra did a fantastic job with the production of Vascular Crosstalk; it is a timeless contribution to the Vascular Biology community.“ 

We wish her all the best in these new positions and owe her a debt of gratitude for creating such a wonderful addition to the NAVBO line up of online offerings.  


Lisandra's last podcast will air this month with guest Robert Hegele from the Robarts Research Institute.  Mitzy Cowdin, UT Southwestern, will take on the role of interviewer for Vascular Crosstalk with her first episode airing in the spring.

Calll for Nominations

We are seeking nominations from the membership for the 2024 Stephen Schwartz and Florence Sabin Awards, which will be presented at Vascular Biology 2024 in October. Nominations are due March 15, 2024,   See the web site for more details. Click on appropriate tab.

Special Thanks to Vascular Biology 2023 Sponsors

The Center for Cardiovascular
Immunology Research

at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

Thank You for Your Contribution!

We'd like to thank our members for their generous contributions to our 2023 Giving Tuesday Campaign:
Sophie Astrof, Rutgers University
Misuk Bae, Duquesne University
Elisa Boscolo, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Linda Demer, UCLA School of Medicine
David Dichek, University of Washington
Anca Dana Dobrian, Eastern Virginia Med School
Maria Febbraio, University of Alberta
Nicholas Gale, Retired    
Mallika Ghosh, University of Connecticut Health Center
Michael Gimbrone, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital
Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Lian Guo, University of Virginia
YenChun Ho, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Mascha Koenen, Rockefeller University
Tsutomu Kume, Northwestern University School of Medicine
Patty Lee, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Aldons Lusis, University of California, Los Angeles Sch. of Med.
David Milstone, Brigham & Women's Hosp/Harvard Medical School
Bill Muller, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Carrie J.  Shawber, Columbia University Medical Center
Plus other generous members who wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you!!


These funds, nearly $5,000 will be used to support the NAVBO Education Committee's High School Video Program.  The first module, Introduction to Vascular Physiology and Function, is complete and we hope to release it to the public soon.  This program will be freely available to high school students, their teachers and anyone interested in vascular biology including undergraduate students to round out their basic biology studies.

IVBM 2024 -  Abstract Deadline Extended

Special Symposium

Join us on February 27 at 1:00pmET for a special symposium on  Capillary malformations driven by somatic mutations: Deciphering endothelial Gαq signaling in Sturge Weber Syndrome.  Proposed and organized by Dr. Joyce Bischoff, Boston Children's Hospital with speakers:  Anna Pinto MD PhD, Director of Sturge-Weber Clinic, Department of Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Osama Harraz PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of Vermont,  J. Silvio Gutkind PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego, and  Nathan Lawson PhD, Dept. of Molecular, Cell, and Cancer Biology, UMass Chan Medical School and co-organizers, Mandy Turner PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the NAVBO Online Programming Committee, and Sana Nasim PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital . 

This symposium is being co-sponsored by The Sturge-Weber Foundation. 

Interested in proposing a symposium?  Current regular members of NAVBO can submit their proposals here.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  Several NAVBO members are honoring the women that have inspired them throughout their careers.  Read about these remarkable women: Josephine Adams, Patricia D'Amore, Jeanette Erdmann, Kathy Griendling, Brigid L.M. Hogan, Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä, Rosalind Kornfeld, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Joann Murphy-Ullrich, and Laura Niklason  (pictured above) and Rachel E. Forman-Rubinsky and  Margaret Perkins (not pictured) on our web site:

Call for Editors

We are currently seeking a new editor to join one of our editing teams for NAVBO's Vascular Biology Publications Alert (VBPA).


How it works - The VBPA has 21 editors, three teams of seven, that share the work of selecting relevant papers from a predetermined list of journals.  Each team works every third month and works under 

one of our senior editors, Radu Stan (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth), Somanath Shenoy (University of Georgia) and Juan Melero-Martin (Boston Children's Hospital).


Established in 2007, this publication is still quite popular among our members and the work of the editors is very much appreciated.


If you are interested, let us know by completing this form by February 26, you’ll be asked to upload your CV.  Our senior editors will review the applicants and make their selection.


NAVBO would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Lorin Olson, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, for his years of service as a VBPA Editor.  Thank you, Lorin!!

Spotlight on Trainees

Presentation Skills Toolkit available from AAMC

Experts in undergraduate medical education affiliated with the American Association of Medical Colleges have made available resources for trainees in the health professions to help them gain effective command of presentation skills for classroom, conference, or clinic. Resources include strategies for developing and delivering formal lectures, poster and oral abstract chats, communication with patients, and more. Links are provided to a host of additional resources for developing and implementing solid presentation skills. Plenty of value here for the seasoned lecturer as well!

Travel Award Opportunities

Travel Awards to GRCs for NAVBO Trainee Members
NAVBO is once again offering our trainee members a travel award to the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on  Endothelial Cell Heterogeneity in Vascular Development, Disease and Homeostasis (June 30 - July 5, 2024  - award applications are due June 2).  For more information click on the "Travel Award - Other" tab on our Trainee Awards web page.


Travel Awards to the IVBM2024

NAVBO is sponsoring up to eight $1,000USD Travel Awards for its trainee members (students or postdocs). You must submit an abstract to the IVBM by February 20 (abstract deadline) and your application for the travel award must be submitted by April 1, 2024.  The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee will review the applications and select up to eight recipients.  To apply, complete this form. Be sure to have all necessary documents in pdf format - see our web site for more details.

Member News

Welcome to our New Members:

Ruhul Abid, Brown University Alpert Medical School

Vivienne Fang, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Camilla Ferreira Wenceslau, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Irma Gryniuk, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation/University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Mary-Jo Hatem, University of Toronto 

Rebecca Levit, Emory University

 Erica Nguyen, University of Pennsylvania

Jesse Pace, University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Rodriguez-Amaro, University Autonomous of San Luis Potosi

Jeremia Saari, University of Helsinki

Ayla Shahid, University of Toronto

Eric Small, University of Rochester

Andrea Usseglio Gaudi, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Cong Xu, Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University

NAVBO Meetings and Events

Keep up to date on NAVBO happenings through the Calendar of Events

Click on the image to go to the web page.

Vasculata 2024 - Registration Open!!

Vasculata 2024 - July 22-25, 2024 at Stanford University

Registration for Vasculata 2024 is now open.  You can also submit at abstract and/or apply for a need-based scholarship.  Each day will cover a main theme - 


Monday, July 22: Basic Vascular Biology and Recent Innovations
Tuesday, July 23: Vascular Diseases and Disease Models
Wednesday, July 24: From Biology to Therapy (Translational Research)

Thursday, July 25: Turning Promising Research Ideas into Clinical Applications

Recent Member Publications

Cellular Heterogeneity of Activated Primary Human Macrophages and Associated Drug–Gene Networks: From Biology to Precision Therapeutics


Interferon-γ (IFNγ) signaling plays a complex role in atherogenesis. IFNγ stimulation of macrophages permits in vitro exploration of proinflammatory mechanisms and the development of novel immune therapies. We hypothesized that the study of macrophage subpopulations could lead to anti-inflammatory interventions. Read More


Shear stress control of vascular leaks and atheromas through Tie2 activation by VE-PTP sequestration

EMBO Molecular Medicine

Vascular endothelial protein tyrosine phosphatase (VE-PTP) influences endothelial barrier function by regulating the activation of tyrosine kinase receptor Tie2. We determined whether this action is linked to the development of atherosclerosis by examining the influence of arterial shear stress on VE-PTP, Tie2 activation, plasma leakage, and atherogenesis. Read More


Heterogeneity of endothelial VE-PTP downstream polarization, Tie2 activation, junctional claudin-5, and permeability in the aorta and vena cava

Cell and Tissue Research

Endothelial cells of mammalian blood vessels have multiple levels of heterogeneity along the vascular tree and among different organs. Further heterogeneity results from blood flow turbulence and variations in shear stress. Read More


The Implant-Induced Foreign Body Response Is Limited by CD13-Dependent Regulation of Ubiquitination of Fusogenic Proteins

Journal of Immunology

Implanted medical devices, from artificial heart valves and arthroscopic joints to implantable sensors, often induce a foreign body response (FBR), a form of chronic inflammation resulting from the inflammatory reaction to a persistent foreign stimulus.  Read More


If you recently published a paper and would like to have it included in a future issue of the NAVBO NewsBEAT and/or on our web site.  Please send the citation to

Industry News

Imitation as the sincerest form of flattery? Not when it comes to grant applications 

Mike Lauer describes in a recent NIH Extramural NEXUS a case study exemplifying how plagiarism in the grant application process is handled at the NIH and reinforcing the importance of peer review confidentiality. The anonymized exemplar case involved a peer reviewer who recognized, in a grant assigned to them for review, their own text and ideas from a grant they previously submitted. Investigations by NIH’s Office of Extramural Research and the “flattering” submitter’s institution uncovered research misconduct in a variety of forms. The consequences? Prohibition of the plagiarizer from serving on NIH committees or being PI on applications for three years. And for the plagiarizer’s colleague at another institution who passed along the previous submission, thus violating confidentiality? Termination of their employment.


Science & PINS Prize for early-career researchers in neuromodulation

 The Science & PINS Prize, awarded for innovative research involving the modulation of neural activity through physical stimulation of targeted sites, is accepting applications from junior investigators (advanced degree received in the last 10 years and 45 years or younger as of 1/1/24). Application materials include a 1000-word essay describing work done by the applicant within the past 3 years and implications of the work for neuromodulation. Deadline for entry of applications for the $25,000 prize is March 15, 2024.


 NIH workshop on marginalized identities, clinical care, and research impact

 The NIDDK will offer a publicly-accessible workshop, “Understanding the Biological Mechanisms Underlying the Health Consequences of Racism, Marginalization, and Discrimination” on April 17-18, 2024, as an opportunity for patients, clinicians and researchers to better understand both the state of the science and the consequences of racism, marginalization, and discrimination on disease impact. A focus on interdisciplinarity will seek to foster an unimpeded exchange of ideas and shared learning, as well as to promote consideration of intersectionality across marginalized identities and the multidimensional research framework. The deadline for workshop registration is April 16, 2024.

Welcome MNPharm to NAVBO

NAVBO extends a warm welcome to our newest Corporate Member - MNPharm.  

MNPHARM SBC is a manufacturer of recombinant regenerative proteins using a proprietary method called molecular farming. They supply these proteins to researchers working on therapeutic development and are working with the B-to-B marketplace.  Their mission is to advance plant-based production of Human Proteins, to lower the cost for commercialization of products related to human health, animal health, and food safety.

NAVBO Corporate Partners

NAVBO Corporate Members

Summer Programs

Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology

June 21-27, 2024 (Virtual 10am - 3pm CT)
July 7 -13, 2024 (In Person)
7/22, 7/24, 7/26, 8/5, 8/7, & 8/9 (Virtual 10am - 2pm CT)
Dates and Times subject to change


“PRIDE mentorship provided the foundation to build my work, allowed me to think outside the box, and provided an opportunity to build lasting collaborations with PRIDE cohorts and mentors, and to jointly publish and write grants. PRIDE provides an amazingly enriching experience and I strongly recommend it.”  –  PRIDE Mentee, 2008


This NHLBI-funded “Programs for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research” support junior faculty underrepresented in biomedical research. 


Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

MPI’s:  Victor Davila-Roman, MD, Lisa de las Fuentes, MD, MS and DC Rao, PhD

Program Administrator:  Linda Schreier, BS (


Space is limited for the mentored program starting summer 2024.  Apply early!

Calls for Papers/Proposals

Special Issue
JournalEditors Submission Deadline
Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine Masanori AikawaMarch 18, 2024
JOVEElisa Boscolo and Sandra Schrenk March 31, 2024

Calendar of Events

Job Postings


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