The ISACB Pre-Meeting Workshop for early stage researchers
The International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB) organizes, within the context of its 16th biannual meeting, a one day event for PhD candidates, PostDocs, early-stage Researchers and MD students in the field of applied cardiovascular biology.
The event will be held on the 16th of September 2018, at the Palais de la Bourse in the historic city of Bordeaux. The pre-meeting will feature world-renowned speakers and mentors providing multi-disciplinary perspectives on challenges in the field of applied cardiovascular biology.
The pre-meeting aims at promoting personal development and networking opportunities for early stage researchers and enthusiastic graduate students in a familiar and convivial atmosphere. The ultimate goal of the pre-meeting is to create a scientific community of young talented researchers and stimulate vivid and long term European collaborations within the ISACB community.
The morning session of the pre-meeting will host two plenary lectures, titled:
- « The heart is central: the interplay between heart diseases and other organs’ functionality ».
Inter-organ communication is required to maintain homeostasis in multi-organ organisms. The heart, with its vascular network, is central for life-supporting function. Cardiovascular disease causes changes in e.g. hemodynamics that may impact the function of other body organs. These changes may cause stress and failure of adapting organs, such as liver and kidney. Fully understanding the effects and consequences of heart/vessel dysfunctions on other organs is crucial to prevent and treat cardiovascular-mediated multi-organ diseases.
In this lecture, evidence that diseases should be studied and treated in an integrated manner will be presented. Also, recently proposed approaches for multi-organ diagnosis and treatment will be summarized, analyzing their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, the main challenges for the future success of multi-organ approaches will be discussed, highlighting the need for extensive collaboration between disciplines.
- » Personalized cardiovascular medicine: sense or nonsense? »
The relatively small differences that exist between individuals can result in huge differences in responses to drugs and medical care in general. Accounting for these differences by personalizing medical treatments might improve the efficacy of medications and therapies, thereby increasing the life-quality of patients. However, such personalization requires a considerable investment of time and money.
In this lecture, the current approaches towards a personalized cardiovascular medicine will be summarized, highlighting lab-on-chip and modelling techniques aimed at enabling personalized treatments. The potential advantages of these techniques, compared to current approaches, will be evaluated against their associated requirements, challenges, and inherent limitations. This will trigger a discussion towards the level of personalization necessary in today’s medicine: is accounting for age and gender differences between patients sufficient, or an even higher level of personalization is advantageous?
Following the two plenary lectures, a round table session will take place, where the attendees will be divided in small groups and have the unique opportunity to brainstorm on unmet challenges guided by the invited speakers (Prof. dr. Rafael Kramann, Prof. dr. Marie José Goumans, Prof. dr. Caitríona Lally and Prof. dr. Robert Passier) and the designated mentors (Dr. Josh Hutcheson, Dr. Cindy St Hilare and Dr. Claudia Goettsch). Lastly, the attendees will be asked to pitch their innovative ideas in front of a selected jury, who will select the winners of free ISACB memberships and a selection of Bordeaux wines.
At the end of the day, a Wine & Cheese Tasting will be offered by the organizers of the ISACB conference. In this occasion, the attenders of the Pre-meeting will have the opportunity to meet all the speakers and mentors of the day, talk about their own research interests and aspirations, and ask useful advice for a successful career in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
More info about the program schedule can be found below:
Welcome and Introduction to pre-meeting
Brainstorming: great ideas development
Evaluation, feedback, prizes
ISACB Keynote lecture
Wine & Cheese tasting and Meet the Mentor
Participants to the pre-meeting workshop need to register for this extra activity at the time of registration to the main meeting.
The city of Bordeaux
The port city of Bordeaux, the Port of the Moon, in south-west France, is a world UNESCO heritage site, which has retained its authenticity in the historic buildings and spaces created in the 18th century. With more than three hundred « monuments historiques » (only Paris has more in France), parks, and museums, Bordeaux is one of the most sought-after destinations of the country.
The ISACB membership
Are you interested in the ISACB society and its related events? If so, consider joining our Society (http://isacb.org/general-membership). ISACB is constantly looking for clinicians, engineers, and scientists from academia and industry, with a mix of junior and senior investigators, all driven by the common goal of pushing scientific innovation towards the clinic.