Members of The Heart Research Institute attended the recent Meeting of the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS) held in Kiama from November 19th – 22nd 2015.
The AVBS is an organisation active throughout Australia and New Zealand which aims to foster research communication by scientists and clinicians from a broad range of disciplines but with a unifying interest in biology of the cardiovascular system.
The Society holds annual scientific meetings and members contribute to a series of international vascular biology meetings as part of a group of similar organisations in Europe, Japan and North America.
The main areas of interest include atherosclerosis, inflammation, thrombosis, angiogenesis, endothelial function, hypertension and diabetes.
The conference was organised by Immunobiology Group Leader Dr Christina Bursill and the Immunobiology Group.
‘I would like to sincerely thank my Group for an outstanding effort in helping to organise the AVBS Annual Scientific Meeting this year,’ she said.
‘This was a mammoth task and it would not have gone so well without all the individual efforts of the Group that went above and beyond my direction. The meeting was a great success and I am very proud of them all for this.’
According to HRI Scientific Director Clare Hawkins, Christina also received personal notes from eminent scientists in the field based nationally and internationally (including Alex Bobik, Mathew Vadas, Jaye Chin Dusting and John Cooke) to thank her and her team for putting on a great conference.
Highlights of the conference include:
- Joanne Tan invited to chair the conference as well as being an invited speaker in the Diabetes session
- Lining Ju was invited to speak in the Platelets and Thrombosis session
- Stuart Grieve was invited to speak in the Clinical Applications session
- Ben Rayner invited to speak in the Oxidative Stress session
- Both Mary Kavurma and Simone Schoenwaelder chaired sessions and gave excellent oral presentations
- Aaron Adonopulos (Lipids session) and Sian Cartland (Macrophage session) gave excellent oral presentations, selected from their abstracts.
- Anisyah Ridiandries abstract was selected to present in the student oral finals
- Dhanya Ravindran (PhD student in Immunobiology) received a 3rd place prize in the student poster competition
The HRI is very supportive of its scientists attending conferences. This conference provided the opportunity to learn from other top quality national and international researchers in vascular biology in a diverse, professional environment as well as the opportunity to network face to face.