Spring Meeting 2016 – Programme

13-14 May 2016 | London, UK

The ESVS invites you to its fourth Spring Meeting that will be held on 13-14 May 2016, at the Institute of Child Health University College in London, UK.

Join us for 2 days of lively discussions on leading research in vascular biology, novel materials, and innovative devices covering all aspects of vascular disease.

Please find an overview of the Programme below:

Friday, May 13

Friday, May 13


10:45 – Opening Comments
Miss Janice Tsui, Local Organising Committee
Prof Mark Emberton, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UCL

11:00 – Keynote lecture: Vascular Aging: The role of non-coding RNA
Dr Reinier Boon, Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany

11:25 – 12:55 – Oral Session 1: Molecular and Cellular Biology of Vascular Diseases
Chairs: Dr Reinier Boon, Frankfurt, Germany & Dr Markella Ponticos, London, UK

  • 11:25 – Taisiya Bezhaeva, The Netherlands
    Opposing effects of TLR4 homologue RP105 on VSMC proliferation and macrophage polarization in a murine model of arteriovenous fistula failure
  • 11:35 – Luke Brewster, USA
    Impact of Aging on Murine Elastic and Muscular Arteries
  • 11:45 – Charlotte Lawson, UK
    Effect of diabetes on wound healing and circulating microvesicles in an in vivo ischaemic wound model
  • 11:55 – Alexander Götze, Germany
    Higher concentrations of IL10 improve hind limb reperfusion recovery in mice after femoral artery ligation
  • 12:05 – Rob de Jong, The Netherlands
    Inhibition of the 14q32 microRNA-495 reduces lesion formation, intimal hyperplasia and plasma cholesterol levels in mouse models for post-interventional restenosis and atherosclerosis
  • 12:15 – Kerstin Troidl, Germany
    Contribution of smooth muscle cell-derived and endothelial cell-derived miRNAs during vascular remodeling
  • 12:25 – Muholan Kanapathy, UK
    Connexin as a biomarker for venous ulceration
  • 12:35  Nina Mzhavanadze, Russia
    Long-term effects and pharmacokinetic studies of naked plasmid DNA encoding vascular endothelial growth factor isoform VEGF165 transfer in patients with atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease

12:55 – 13:45 – Lunch Break

13:45 – Keynote lecture
Multi-scale modelling to understand atherosclerosis and calcification locations: comparison with in-vivo data

Dr Vanessa Diaz, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, UK

14:10 -15:10 –  Oral Session 2: Vascular Imaging
Chairs: Prof. Sebastian Debus, Hamburg, Germany & Prof. Sebastien Ourselin, London, UK

  • 14:10 Ulrich Rother, Germany
    Immediate changes of tissue perfusion during tibial angioplasty – measurements with respect to angiosomes
  • 14:20 Craig Goergen, USA
    Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Murine Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • 14:30 Alexander Rolls, UK
    A Comparison of Image- versus Hardware-based Tracking Technologies in 2D-3D Fusion in Aortic Endografting
  • 14:40 Wojciech Derwich, Germany
    Kinematic evaluation of infrarenal aortic aneurysm instability using 4D ultrasound
  • 14:50 Inez Torres, Brazil
    Simulator for training in endovascular infra-renal aneurysm repair: the use of 3D printers
  • 15:00 Steve Greenwald, UK
    Non-contact measurement of carotid artery wall movement for diagnosis of vascular disease

15:10 – 15:40 –  Coffee Break

15:40 – 15:55 – Invited talk: Challenges of cross-disciplinary research
Prof Tom Schmitz-Rixen, Department of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Goethe-University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany

15:55 – 17:15 – Oral Session 3: Vascular Modelling
Chair: Dr Vanessa Diaz, London, UK & Mr Daryll Baker, London, UK 

  • 15:55 Jacob Salmon, UK
    Physiological vortices in the sinuses of Valsalva: an in vitro approach for bio-prosthetic valves
  • 16:05 Bahaa Nasr, France
    Characterization of the physiological motion of the aortic arch and the supra-aortic vessels
  • 16:15 Obiekezie Agu, UK
    Patient-specific Computational modelling of Wall Motion in Aortic Dissection using Fluid-Structural Interaction
  • 16:25 Benjamin Obukofe, UK
    Prognostic Risk Factors Underlying Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Growth
  • 16:35 Andreas Wittek, Germany
    A Method for Virtual Hypertonic Stress Tests of AAA Using Patient-Individual Finite Element-Analyses
  • 16:45 Benjamin Obukofe, UK
    A Genetic Risk Score-Based Nomogram to Predict Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) in the Caucasian European Population
  • 16:55 Smiljana Djorovic, Serbia
    A three-dimensional computational analysis of blood flow in patient-specific aortic stent graft
  • 17:05 Cunnane Connor, Ireland
    A Preliminary Study to Determine If Arteriovenous Fistula Configuration Generates Helical Flow

17:15 – 19:00 – Poster Session

1. Gary Bowlin, USA
A New Perspective on the Neutrophil and Its Expanding Role in the Innate Immune Response to Bioresorbable Vascular Graft

2. Debra Chong, UK
Engineering Vascular Graft Nanopit Surface Topography: Effects on Endothelial Cell Adherence

3. Hendrik Van Damme, Belgium
Late Fate of cryopreserved arterial Allografts

4. Timothy Pennel, South Africa
Transmural capillary ingrowth is essential for mid-graft healing

5. Felix Ruben, Argentina
Autologus Dermo epidermal device (ADED) produced by tissue engineering

6. Florian Stefanov, Ireland
Primary versus secondary intervention evaluation for twelve aortic type B dissections managed with the streamliner multilayer flow modulator

7. Ihara Tsutomu, Japan
Postoperative changes in the diameter of the distal landing zone after EVAR introduction and objectives

8. Gagandeep Grover, UK
Cerebral Embolic Protection to in Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) – A Pilot Study

9. Harri Hakovirta, Finland
Cardiovascular Risk Factors Differ in Inflammation Pathology in Patients with Clinically Symptomatic Lower Limb Atherosclerosis

10. Eoghan Cunnane, Ireland
The Mechanical, Compositional and Morphological Characterisation of Femoral Atherosclerotic Plaque for the Continued Improvement of Endovascular Treatment

11. Florian Simon, Germany
Time dependency of H2S-induced organ protection during long-term resuscitated porcine haemorrhage

12. Konstantinos Papoutsis, Greece
The role of relaxin in vascular diseases : early results

13. Bodnar Petro, Ukraine
Assessment of indicators endothelial dysfunction in pathogenesis post-thrombotic syndrome

14. Zuzanna Rowinska, Germany
The role of MMP2 in development of aneurysm in combination with the transplantation model

15. Danila Kozhevnikov, Russia
Comparative image of pig aorta and human ruptured abodminal aorta by new high resolution x-ray microtomography

16. Benjamin Obukofe, UK
Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase C677T (MTHFR C667T) Genetic Polymorphism is a Prognostic Risk Factor for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

17. Benjamin Obukofe, UK
Mechanism of interaction of angiotensin converting enzyme insertion-deletion polymorphism with methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase C677T genetic polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms

18. Christian Gasser, Sweden
Local parameters that influence the local growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms

19. Stephanie Tomee, The Netherlands
How does it feel to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm – a patient-centered view

20. Meritxell Davins, Spain
Use of telemedicine to help control of peripheral arterial disease

21. Ike Okonji, UK
The use of CT imaging to identify the high risk carotid plaque

22. Pragash Kamalathevan, UK
Plaque ulceration is associated with symptomatic carotid artery disease

23. Susanne Regus, Germany
Timing of first AVFs cannulation in children on hemodialysis

24. Susanne Regus, Germany
MRI to investigate iliac artery wall thickness in triathletes

20:00 – Networking Dinner

Saturday, May 14

Saturday, May 14


08:30 – Keynote lecture
Venous Stents – Design Optimization for the Clinical Challenge

Dr Stephen Kao, Vice President of R&D, Veniti, Inc.

08:55 – 10:05 – Oral session 4: Biomaterials
Chairs: Dr Stephen Kao, Veniti & Dr Wenhui Song, London, UK

  • 08:55 Jun Hong Pang, UK
    Development of Pre-polymer Coatings with Pro-endothelialisation Potential for Cardiovascular Devices
  • 09:05 Lazarenko Gleb, Ukraine
    Modification of the stents surface by treatment with autoalbumin for prevention of the body reaction
  • 09:15 Junjie Zhao, UK
    Nano-surface Patterned Coating Promotes in-situ Endothelization for Stents
  • 09:25 Debra Chong, UK
    Nanotopographical graft surface modulation to promote endothelialisation may promote calcification by directing mesenchymal stem cells to an osteogenic lineage
  • 09:35 Yasmin Farhatnia, UK
    Development of Pediatric covered stent using nanocomposite material
  • 09:45 Allison Fetz, USA
    Electrospun Vascular Graft Architecture and Composition Regulates Neutrophil NETosis In Vitro: A Potential Predictor of Success or Failure
  • 09:55 Popov Gury, Russia
    Is it possible to create readily available tissue-engineered vascular grafts without using cells?

10:05 – 10:20 – Coffee break

10:20 – Keynote lecture
Molecular Aspects of Vascular Remodelling

Prof Paul Quax, Einthoven Laboratory for Experimental Vascular Medicine, LUMC, the Netherlands

10:45 – 11:25 – Poster prize session
Chairs: Prof Paul Quax, Netherlands & Dr Brian Cousins, UK

11:25 – 11:35 Coffee break

11:40 – Keynote lecture and Introduction to ISACB
Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts

Prof David A. Vorp, University of Pittsburgh, USA

12:00 – 13:20 – Oral Session 5: Cardiovascular Devices
Chairs: Prof David Vorp, President of ISACB, USA & Prof Luke Brewster, USA

  • 12:00 Michael Gawenda, Germany
    From the work bench to the human body – Influence of 3-Dimensional Aortic model on Case Planning for FEVAR
  • 12:10 Marco Horn, Germany
    3-D Modeling of the Abdominal Aorta for Experimental Endovascular Navigation
  • 12:20 Pierre-Jean Cottinet, France
    Inkjet printing based electroactive polymer for steerable and haptic feedback of guide wire
  • 12:30 Georgia Preston-Maher, UK
    Development and Hydrodynamic Assessment of a Novel Transcatheter Mitral Valve
  • 12:40 Mital Desai, UK
    Mechanical profile of a thoracic endograft developed using POSS-PCU and shape memory alloy
  • 12:50 Sebastian Debus, Hamburg, Germany
    The Hamburg Hybrid Graft – a technical feasibility study for thoracoabdominal repair in pigs
  • 13:00 Sabine Wipper, Germany
    Complete percutaneous transapical instrumentation for single-sidebranch arch endograft using a percutaneous closure device in pigs
  • 13:10 Rob Krams, UK
    Mechanosensitive signalling pathways adapt during TCFA formation


13:20 – Closing Remarks

Prof Thomas Schmitz-Rixen