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New Frontiers of Angiogenesis in Health, Regeneration and Disease: Building Durable and Adaptable Vascular Networks


August 6-11, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Shahin Rafii

Vice Chair:
Hellmut G. Augustin

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 9, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Angiogenesis Gordon Conference will explore the very latest innovative and translational research on the cellular principles and molecular regulation of vasculogenesis and angiogenesis in development, adulthood, aging, disease processes, and tumorigenesis. Recent studies have uncovered the pathways dictating vascular heterogeneity, plasticity and adaptability of the tissue-specific endothelial cell populations to respond to injury, including chemical and radiation insults. This meeting will aim to integrate newly identified angiogenic pathways that enable endothelial cells to coordinate signaling and adaptive behavior to establish functional, stable and durable organotypic capillary networks for therapeutic regeneration of injured organs without provoking fibrosis. The instructive contribution of the endothelial cells to hematopoiesis, immune cell regulation as well as regeneration of heart, lung, liver and other organs will also be discussed. Presentations from fields of developmental, computational, bioengineering, biophysical, Imaging and regenerative medicine will be employed to bring together the multipronged approaches for repairing, microfabricating and engineering long-lasting blood vessels. We will also seek to highlight new insights and approaches towards translation of angiogenic concepts into the clinic, including regenerative medicine and cancer therapy. This conference is organized to stimulate rich and constructive interactions among, trainees, experts, senior and junior faculty, industry, National Institutes of Health experts, funding resources, clinicians and basic scientists and importantly provide educational opportunity for students in training, graduate students and post-doctoral and clinical fellows.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Angiogenesis" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 6, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: New Frontiers in Angiogenesis and Endothelial Cell Physiology
    (Shahin Rafii / Gregg Semenza)
  • Transcriptional Regulation of Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis
    (Anne Eichmann / Didier Stainier / Elisabetta Dejana / Anna Randi)
  • Building and Remodeling Stable Endothelial Cell Tubular Networks
    (Donald McDonald / Christer Betsholtz / Holger Gerhardt)
  • Integration of Signaling Pathways in Angiogenesis
    (Victoria Bautch / Napoleone Ferrara / Lena Claesson-Welsh / Jan Kitajewski)
  • Homeostasis and Metabolism in Angiogenesis
    (Michael Potente / Peter Carmeliet / Kari Alitalo)
  • Tissue-Specific Endothelial Instructive Function in Regeneration
    (Hellmut Augustin / Eli Keshet)
  • Endothelial Plasticity and Adapative Response to Mechanotransduction and Patterning
    (Timothy Hla / Martin Schwartz / David Cheresh)
  • Maladaptive Angiogenesis in Tumor Growth and Inflammation
    (Laura Benjamin / Gabriele Bergers / Robert Kerbel / Gavin Thurston / Masataka Majima)
  • Translational Vascular Medicine: Organ Repair and Tumor Targeting
    (David Cheresh / Douglas Hanahan / Rakesh Jain / Raghu Kalluri / Weilan Ye)
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