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The RAAS: Emerging Interactions with the Microbiome, Immune and Nervous System


February 18-23, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Toshiro Fujita

Vice Chair:
Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 21, 2018. 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 2018 Angiotensin GRC main theme will focus on "The RAAS: Emerging interactions with the microbiome, immune and nervous system".

While maintaining a solid basic science approach we are placing particular emphasis on the clinical applications that have resulted from research innovations on the RAAS. New advances on the immune system, microbiome, cell regeneration and aldosterone related to cardiovascular and renal diseases will be addressed. Other sessions will focus on the regulation of prorenin (a potential therapeutic target) and the role of the central nervous system in regulation of RAAS.

We plan to have 12 slots for oral presentations from abstracts. At least 6 will be from young investigators. These presentations will be equally distributed within the 9 sessions to promote integration instead of being separated at the end of a given session. We will also have 4 poster sessions. Our program will also push beyond the barriers of our current understanding of the RAAS by inviting speakers who have not previously attended the Angiotensin GRC. Some of these speakers come from other fields to stimulate creativity and potential application of new discoveries from other scientific fields to the RAAS area.

Following the tradition of GRC, preliminary results not only from Basic Research Studies, but also from Clinical Studies and Trials will be presented. And finally this is a main goal of the GRC to flourish interactions between trainees and senior scientists not only through formal presentations but also informal daily communications during and thereafter our conference.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Angiotensin" 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.


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The Japanese Society of Hypertension
Chugai Pharmaceutical Co.
NIppon Boehringer Ingelheim Co., Ltd.

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 October 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Paradigm Shifts in the RAAS
    (Toshiro Fujita / Ariel Gomez / David Harrison)
  • Additional RAS Signaling Mechanisms / Cross-Talk with Angiotensin Receptors
    (Dulce Elena Casarini, Satoru Eguchi, Thomas Coffman, Dominik Muller, Akira Nishiyama / Ines Armando / Motohiro Nishida / Michal Schwartzman / Peng Shi / Tianxin Yang / Zhiming Zhu)
  • Novel Functions of Renin Cells
    (Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez, Lisa Cassis / Brian Belyea / Christian Hugo)
  • Novel Neural Control Mechanisms: Does the Brain Dominate the Circulation?
    (Eric Lazartigues / Thomas Cunningham / Annette De Kloet / Lisete Michelini)
  • Bench Comes to the Real World: MR and Its Antagonist
    (Miki Nagase, Minolfa Prieto-Carrasquero / Frederic Jaisser / Morag Young)
  • Angiotensin - Possible Key for Immune Response
    (Johannes Stegbauer, Ulrich Wenzel / Giuseppe Lembo / Ralf Linker / Philp Wenzel)
  • Novel Approaches Open New Windows into RAS Function
    (Curt Sigmund / Celine Gales / Catherine Llorens-Cortes)
  • Gut Microbiome, Immunity and the RAAS
    (Barbara Alexander, Steven Crowley / Francine Marques / Mohan Raizada)
  • Sex, Aging and Death in the RAAS
    (Rhian Touyz / Rasna Sabharwal / Jane Reckelhoff)
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