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BAS/BSCR Spring Meeting 2019

Start date: June 3, 2019 - End date: June 4, 2019

Location: Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester, M2 3GX



Sessions include

  • Basic Science Hot Topics Session
  • Young Investigator Prize
  • Poster sessions
  • John French Lecture
  • Spotlight on BHF Fellows
  • Bioengineering strategies for cardiovascular applications
  • Endothelial dysfunction in heart failure
  • Molecular imaging of cardiovascular inflammation
  • BHF Bench-to-Bedside: Towards new treatments and biomarkers

For more details on the conference programme please click here


Travel Grants

The BSCR will consider awarding travel grants of up to £200 to bona fide students who are BSCR members and are presenting an abstract at the meeting.



Registration is free for BSCR members who should ensure that they register using the “BAS/BSCR Joint Meeting” tab.

Please click here to open the Meeting registration page.

The conference dinner will be held on Monday evening at Dukes 92, with a reduced rate for student delegates.



Will be available for booking as part of the registration process.


Abstract Submission

Poster abstract sessions - the top 10 abstracts will be selected for presentation as moderated posters on Monday afternoon whilst other accepted abstracts will be presented and judged on Tuesday afternoon

Young Investigator Prize

Combined BCS/BAS/BSCR competition with the top 5 applications being selected for oral presentation on Tuesday lunchtime with a first prize of £1,000. Open to basic scientists who are no more than 5 years post-PhD and clinicians who have not attained consultant status. Application requires submission of a brief communication (1,000 words with up to 5 tables/figures). Please note that if your submission for the Young Investigator Prize is not shortlisted for presentation, it is not automatically entered as a standard poster abstract submission. To do this you will need to separately submit your abstract following the normal submission process and you are encouraged to do this – if your application for the Young Investigator Prize is subsequently shortlisted then you will have the option of withdrawing your standard poster abstract

Abstract deadline has closed (deadline March 1st 2019)


Meeting Organisers

Endre Kiss-Toth, Claudia Monaco, Melanie Madhani, David Grieve

The 14th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular biology and Cardiovascular Disease

Start date: April 11, 2019 - End date: April 12, 2019

Location: Imperial College London, UK

Shear stress symposium banner

We are delighted to announce the 14th international symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease, which will be held in London, UK, on April 11-12 2019.

Over the years, the symposium was successful in bridging the gap between biomechanics, vascular biology and clinical research.

This year, the scientific program of the symposium will not only cover aspects of vascular biology and clinical research related to biomechanics, but will be structured around Controversies in Science. Scientific discussions are the best way to generate new ideas, and we would like to focus on this aspect more strongly. To meet our goal, each session will bring together at least two internationally renowned scientists, each with controversial ideas around the topic. The oral sessions will be complemented with a selection from submitted abstracts. Furthermore, a poster session will be organised and there will be a Young Investigators Award.

We hope to welcome you to London in 2019 for an inspiring 14th symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease.

Please do put the dates in your diary and come to London:

Summer School on Basic Cardiovascular Science

Start date: June 16, 2019 - End date: June 20, 2019

Location: Sophia Antipolis, France


The Summer School on Basic Cardiovascular Science will be held from 16-20 June 2019 at the European Heart House in Sophia Antipolis, France.

You can find the programme and the objectives of the course announced here.

Pre-inscriptions will be open from 14 January - 11 February 2019.

Irish Association of Pharmacologists annual meeting

Date: November 30, 2018

Time: 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

Location: Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast


The Irish Association of Pharmacologists annual meeting will take place this year on Friday 30 November at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (  This is a large purpose-built centre for research located on the Queen’s University campus at the Belfast City Hospital site, opened for use in 2015. WWIEM sits adjacent to the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology and, as such, the venue is right in the hub of health sciences research in Belfast.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for presentation of state-of-the-art lectures in areas considered of great relevance to healthcare.  Join us for a fantastic programme.  Highlights will include keynote presentations from:

  • Jochen Prehn (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) on apoptosis sensitisers
  • Amrita Ahluwalia (William Harvey Research Institute, London) on sodium nitrite in cardioprotection
  • Danny McAuley (Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen's University of Belfast) on acute respiratory distress syndrome

Delegates can enjoy these talks and also abstract presentations, plus networking opportunities. There are prizes available for early career researchers giving oral or poster presentations.

Details of the programme are available here (

Cardiac non-myocytes; emerging therapeutic targets

Date: December 19, 2018

Time: 9.00 am

Location: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London


Cardiac non-myocytes; emerging therapeutic targets

A BSCR-organised embedded symposium at Pharmacology 2018

Wednesday 19th December, 9.00 am, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre


‘Endogenous sources of neovascularization’ – Nicola Smart, University of Oxford

‘Targeting non-myocytes to alter cardiac electrophysiology: emerging concepts’ – Peter Kohl, University of Freiburg, Germany

‘The vascular smooth muscle cell as a therapeutic target’ – Karen Porter, University of Leeds

‘IL-11: the fibrosis cytokine’ – Stuart Cook, Duke-National University of Singapore


Session Chairs: Patrizia Camelliti (University of Surrey), Daniel Stuckey (University College London)


Submit an abstract – deadline Friday 14th September
Abstracts selected for both oral and poster presentation will be published in the British Journal of Pharmacology or the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.



Symposia include – Clinical ED50: improving the evidence basis of dose; Medicines optimisation - how could clinical pharmacologists contribute? New psychoactive substances: pharmacology influencing practice, policy and the law; Targeting calcium ion channels in disease.



Open soon with reduced affiliate rate for BSCR members.

ESC conference – Eurothrombosis 2018

Start date: October 4, 2018 - End date: October 6, 2018

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia


Abstract submission deadline: 20 July

1st Early Career Research Meeting

Date: July 13, 2018

Time: 10.00 - 18.00

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University


We are pleased to announce The Platelet Society’s First Early Career Research Meeting will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on the 13th July 2018. Please mark your calendar!

The one-day event is comprised of two sessions of selected talks from Early Career Researchers, and a poster session. The event will also provide you with the exclusive opportunity to explore future career options with experts both within and outside of academia. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and networking throughout the conference and at the post-conference drinks reception.

Graduate students (MSc and PhD), postdoctoral researchers, clinical researchers and other scientists with comparable levels of experience are welcome to submit abstracts and register to attend.


Abstracts should be between 150 – 400 words and should outline the questions investigated, the design, essential findings and main conclusions of the study.

Abstract submission will close on 5th May 2018.

To submit your abstract, click here


Registration is free for Platelet Society members and £50 for non-members. You can join here.

Attendees can register for the meeting as a Platelet Society member, prior to becoming a member.

Membership status will be checked prior to the meeting taking place.

To register, click here

Programme (subject to change)

10.00 Registration and coffee
10.45 Welcome
11.00 Oral Communication Session One
12.30 Lunch and Career breakout session
2.00 Oral Communication Session Two
3.30 Poster session and coffee
4.15 Career panel session
4.45 Close of meeting and awards
5.00 Drinks reception

Confirmed career experts

  • Professor Mark Kearney, BHF Professor of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research and Institute Director at Leeds University
  • Dr Sarah Jones, Senior Lecturer in the School of Healthcare at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Charlotte Murphy, Cluster Lead/Senior Research Development Manager at University of Exeter
  • Dr Benjamin Atkinson, Applications Scientist and Imaging Consultant at Intelligent Imaging Innovations, Ltd.
  • Dr Carmen Coxon, Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

Organising committee

  • Sarah Daniels, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Daniel Moreno Martinez, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Samantha Moore, University of Bristol
  • Dina Vara, University of Exeter

10th International Conference on the Biology, Chemistry and Therapeutic Applications of Nitric Oxide

Start date: September 16, 2018 - End date: September 20, 2018

Location: Oxford, UK


Update and network at NO2018 at the 10th International Conference on the Biology, Chemistry and Therapeutic Applications of Nitric Oxide.

Taking place in the historic city of Oxford within the Maths Institute, with accommodation available within walking distance at Keble College.

Programme features:

View the programme

  • Plenary lectures from international speakers
  • Hot topics
  • Oral communications
  • Poster abstracts
  • Ample of time to network and make new connections
  • Young Investigator awards
  • Industry exhibition
  • Welcome reception
  • Gala dinner
  • Local excursions

Programme themes:

Translational sGC | NOS Biochemistry - Regulation and Signaling Physiology | Clinical/Translational NO | NOS Biochemistry - Structural and Functional Biochemistry | Infection and Inflammation | Species Interaction and Persulfides | Immunology / Metabolism / Immunometabolism | New Methodologies | Ischemia / Hypoxia | Diabetes and Obesity | Mitochondria | Redox-pathway Control | BHF Cardiovascular Session | Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology | Vascular Disease | R-SNO R-NNO and other PTMS | Cancer | Microbiome | SFRR session | Exercise | Hot Topics | H2S and Species Interaction | Arginine, Arginase and the Future of Arginase Inhibition | Mechanisms of Nitrate-Nitrite Reduction and Bioactivity | Biochemistry / Structural Biology of sGC

Keynote lecturers confirmed:
Prof Louis IGNARRO  Prof Ferid MURAD  Prof Sir Salvador MONCADA  Prof Elisabeth MURPHY

Who should attend:

Next years conference in Oxford will be one of celebration. It has been 20 years since the Nobel prize was awarded jointly to Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad "for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system”, and it will also be the 10th International meeting of the Nitric Oxide Society.

The aim of this exciting conference is to promote the advancement of basic and applied scientific research in all aspects of nitric oxide research, as well as to develop and enhance the education and training of students and researchers in this field. This conference truly has something for all…

  • Students
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Group leaders and Professors
  • Clinicians
  • The Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
  • Exhibitors

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration is OPEN:

On line registration is open adopting an “all in” Gordon Conference style registration. Review the conference registration options here:

Register on line

Abstract submission is OPEN:

Submit an abstract

Deadline: Wednesday 2 May

  **Travel awards and poster prizes**

A number of travel awards will be available to students and early career researchers. Poster prizes will be selected from those presented during the conference and awards announced at the conference dinner.



Got any questions?

Please email and let us know - we would be happy to help.

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Email: [email protected]


We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford in September.


Hosted by: Mark CRABTREE (Oxford), Keith CHANNON (Oxford), Philip JAMES (Cardiff) and Amrita AHLUWALIA (London)

3rd ESM-EVBO Conference April 2019

Start date: April 15, 2019 - End date: April 18, 2019

Location: Maastricht, Netherlands


Improving vascular health is an important goal to pursue, as cardio-vascular diseases account for almost half of all deaths in Europe. Disturbances in normal (micro)vascular biology are at the basis of many diseases. From classical cardiovascular diseases, like myocardial infarction and stroke, to cardiometabolic diseases, like dementia, cognitive decline, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, and to cancer, post-surgical tissue regeneration, and wound healing. This broad range of diseases clearly underlines the need to expand our knowledge on the basic mechanisms underlying the disturbances in normal (micro)vascular biology. With this conference we aim to address many aspects of these mechanisms through state-of-the-art symposia and workshops.

From April 15 to 18, 2019 we welcome you to Maastricht, one of the oldest and certainly most beautiful cities of the Netherlands. Maastricht has for many years a strong basis in cardiovascular research in the CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases, which is one of the largest cardiovascular research institutes in Europe. This, together with the warm and hospitable atmosphere of Maastricht will ensure an exciting and fruitful stay. On behalf of the national organizers: Jaap van Buul, Ed Eringa, Stephan Huveneers, and Guido Krenning.

Registration and abstract submission is now open!



20th International Vascular Biology Meeting 2018

Start date: June 3, 2018 - End date: June 7, 2018

Location: Helsinki, Finland


The Organizing Committee is delighted to announce the International Vascular Biology Meeting 2018 (IVBM2018), to be held in Helsinki, Finland on June 3-7, 2018.

The IVBM2018 will bring together investigators from all fields of vascular biology for the exchange of new ideas and discussions of burning issues. Presentations of the latest concepts and discoveries will be provided by internationally recognized scientists and young stars of the future from all around the globe. The program consists of plenary sessions, parallel symposia, and poster sessions, located adjacent to the symposium exhibition.

The Organizing Committee together with the Scientific Program Committee has put together a truly exciting program with nearly 90 invited speakers (see the Program). Follow us at Twitter and Facebook, where the scientific program of the IVBM2018 is soon available.

The IVBM2018 creates an outstanding showcase of top-of-the level vascular biology research, and an opportunity to experience the Scandinavian culture, nature and cuisine. The meeting will be held in the Finlandia Hall, a masterpiece of Finnish architecture, located right in the Helsinki city centre. In the beginning of June, Helsinki, one of Scandinavia’s major capitals, is buzzing with light and life – the Nordic white night when the sun sets only for a moment brings out the magic in the city and its people. Summer is also the best time for tasting of local and Nordic cuisine’s seasonal ingredients fresh from the nature.

We would like to thank our partnering societies for their generosity in the form of Travel and Poster Awards available for the IVBM2018 participants.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2018 in Helsinki!

Kari Alitalo, Christer Betsholtz, Lena Claesson-Welsh, Jozef Dulak, Pipsa Saharinen & Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
University of Helsinki and Wihuri Research Institute