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Tulane School of Medicine to host national vascular biology summer conference

June 25, 2023 4:30 PM
Carolyn Scofield scofield@tulane.edu

Amitabh C. Pandey, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane, is organizing Vasculata 2023 and bringing the conference to Tulane this year. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)


Tulane University School of Medicine has a long and distinguished history in the research of vascular biology, including one former professor who went on to win a Nobel Prize for his work. That research continues today, and the School of Medicine will host Vasculata 2023, the North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO) summer conference and workshop for vascular biology researchers this summer.

Amitabh C. Pandey, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane, is a physician-scientist engaged in vascular biology research investigating the role of genetics and epigenetics in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. He is organizing Vasculata 2023 and bringing the conference to Tulane this year. 

Vascular biology is the study of blood vessels in the body and understanding how those blood vessels react to different stimuli and stressors. Researchers look at the many factors that could affect those vessels; sex, age, environmental stressors, and more. Conference presenters include Jorge Castorena-Gonzalez, PhD, who recently received a $2.4 million grant to study the link between obesity and lymphatic dysfunction.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the faculty we have here,” said Pandey. “Many of our own researchers here at Tulane will be speaking at the conference, and the closing keynote will be given by Dr. Victor Thannickal, Chair of the Deming Department of Medicine.”

Vasculata 2023 will be held July 17 – 20 in the Tidewater Building at 1440 Canal Street. There will be scientific session, discussion panels, and hands-on wet/dry lab sessions to help early career investigators, trainees and students engage in vascular biology research.  See the full agenda here.

The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, postdocs, and faculty along with NAVBO members and non-members. Click here to register.