Vasculata 2011 to be held at Georgia Tech
With the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) serving as the lead host institution in conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the 2011 annual workshop will take place on the Georgia Tech campus. This meeting aims to inspire young investigators from a variety of disciplines to enter the field of vascular biology by providing trainees with a robust introductory learning experience, facilitate the rapid integration of new research trainees into vascular biology research programs by enhancing their exposure and understanding of the latest experimental approaches employed in the field and finally to orient new investigators to the breadth and depth of the frontiers of knowledge of vascular biology through state-of-the-art presentations and scientific interchange with leading investigators.
Vasculata® is a summer course/workshop that promotes the study of vascular biology. It is designed to present an overview of the field and future areas of active research. Individuals with little or no background in vascular biology are encouraged to attend, and current trainees in the field and all interested individuals are invited to participate. This includes students (undergraduates, graduate students, medical students), trainees (postdocs, research fellows, residents) and others (junior and senior faculty).
This meeting builds upon the legacy of research training provided by previous Vasculata conferences by leveraging the superb critical mass of vascular biology investigators at the three partner institutions in Atlanta. The Vasculata 2011 conference will be a distinctive addition that will incorporate several new programmatic elements to enrich the training experience and develop a special thematic emphasis on preparing a new generation of vascular biologists to extend the frontiers of discovery science as well as engage in translational science that bridges from ‘bench-to-bedside.” The proposed meeting builds upon the complementary strengths of the tri-institutional partnership such that the program reflects the inter-disciplinary nature of vascular biology. The conference will capture the breadth of the field in its inclusion of investigators from a wide variety of disciplines such as: bioengineering, systems biology, developmental biology, clinical science, regenerative medicine and genetic epidemiology.
Moreover, Vasculata 2011 will be a novel addition to the series by incorporating new programmatic elements that emphasize the mentorship of trainees as well as major initiatives to expand the gender and racial/ethnic diversity of biomedical scientists in the field. Overall, the Vasculata 2011 conference promises to be an exciting and uniquely rich research training experience.
Gary Gibbons, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine
Kathy Griendling, PhD, Emory University
Hanjoong Jo PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Arshed Quyyumi MD, Emory University