U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lymphatics Investigators Meeting

11/10/2014 7:30 AM
11/10/2014 3:30 PM

Event Details

In an effort to facilitate development of research into lymphatic function and organ function, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institution (NHLBI) will be having a joint meeting of investigators under their joint initiative on lymphatics research. The meeting will be held on November 10, 2014, at the NIDDK in Bethesda, MD.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring investigators funded under the initiative to meet with each other, and other invited speakers in the area of research, in order to facilitate formation of collaborations and accelerate research.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Lymphatics Initiative Investigators Meeting
7:30-8:00 a.m.        Coffee
8:00-8:10 a.m.        Welcome and Introductions
                             Jill Carrington (NIDDK), Eser Tolunay (NHLBI) and Deborah Hoshizaki (NIDDK)
Session 1: Research Project Discussions
8:10-8:35 a.m.        Kathleen M. Caron, Ph.D., University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill 
                             Causes and consequences of digestive track lymphangiectasia
8:35-9:00 a.m.        Michael J. Davis, Ph.D., University of Missouri                                 
                             Mechanisms of lymphatic valve and pump dysfunction in lymphedema
9:00-9:25 a.m.        Natasza A. Kurpios, Ph.D., Cornell University
                             The Left-Right Pitx2 Pathway Drives Mesenteric Lymphangiogenesis in the Vertebrate Intestine
9:25-9:50 a.m.        Young-Kwon Hong, Ph.D., University of Southern California
                             Retinoic acid signaling in lymphangiogensis   
9:50-10:05 a.m.              BREAK
10:05-10:30 a.m.     Mariappan Muthuchamy, Ph.D., Texas A&M University System
                             Mechanisms of Lymphatic Dysfunction in Metabolic Syndrome and Inflammation
10:30-10:55a.m.     Brandon J. Dixon, Ph.D., Georgia Tech Research Corporation
                             Lymphatic remodeling: Implications for lipid transport and obesity
10:55-11:20 a.m      Gwendalyn J. Randolph, Ph.D., Washington University
                             VEGF-C/VEGFR3 and lymphatic transport of cholesterol from atherosclerotic plaque
11:20-11:45a.m.      Jens Marc Titze, M.D., Vanderbilt University
                             Lymphatic regulation of skin electrolyte metabolism and blood pressure
11:45a.m.-12:45 p.m.      LUNCH
Session 1: Research Project Discussions, cont.
12:45-1:10 p.m.      Mark L. Kahn, M.D., University of Pennsylvania
                             Genetic investigation of pulmonary lymphatic development and function
1:10-1:35 p.m.        Souheil El-Chemaly, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital
                             Stimulation of lymphangiogenesis alleviates acute lung allograft rejection
1:35-2:00 p.m.        Young-Kwon Hong, Ph.D., University of Southern California
                             Early detection and intervention of surgery-induced lymphatic insufficiency
2:00 – 2:25 p.m.     Anatoliy Gashev, M.D., Ph.D., Texas A&M University System
                             Bidirectional Regulatory Interactions Between Lymph Vessel and Adjacent Tissues
Session 2: Scientific Areas of Common Interest and Future Directions:   
2:25-3:30 pm.         Investigators and Program Staff
What are areas of common interest and potential collaborations across projects?
What are important needed areas of research to understand the role of lymphatics in health and disease of tissues, organs and organ systems?
NOTE:   Presentations are to be 15 minute presentations plus 10 minutes of question and answer.  They should include a description of the research and, as well, highlight any special tools or techniques that may be useful for potential collaborators.


For additional information please contact:

Jill Carrington, Ph.D.
Program Director, NIDDK
E-mail: carringj@mail.nih.gov
Telephone: 301-402-0671





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