CVS Symposium 2018

CVS Symposium 2018


On June 14th, the UoE/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science (CVS) held its annual symposium. CVS members came together for an engaging day filled with exciting conversations, lectures, and student research posters.

Attendees enjoyed presentations of current research from Professor Jamie Davies, Professor Rebecca Reynolds, Professor John Mullins, Dr Tijana Mitic, Dr Morag Mansley, Dr Ruth Morgan, Dr Cass Li, Dr Katharina Schraut, Dr Mark MacAskill, Dr Carmel Moran, Dr Mark Miller, and Dr Cecile Benezech. The topics, focussed on grand challenges, encompassed the major research themes in CVS: Cardio-metabolic Imaging (CINEMA), Cardiovascular Injury, Repair & Regeneration (CaIRRe), Hypertension & Renal Theme (HART), and Metabolism, Obesity, and Diabetes (MOD).

The day concluded with an inspiring keynote lecture given by Professor Eric Olson, of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. His talk, entitled "New Insights into Muscle Development, Disease and Regeneration,” highlighted the power of gene-editing technology, offering a real hope to those suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic condition that causes progressive muscular degeneration.

Link to video of Professor Olson’s Lecture: coming soon



Poster Session and Awards

55 students and early career researchers submitted posters to present at this year’s symposium, to be assessed and awarded prizes by a panel of judges. 20 early career researchers submitted abstracts for the Early Career Researcher Oral Presentation prize category, with the top three presenting at the symposium. The symposium saw a great number of high-quality submissions this year that spanned a wide range of research topics.

Prizes were awarded at the symposium for achievements within CVS, rewarding researchers of various levels for their posters, innovation, imaging, presentations, and public engagement.

  • CVS Post Doc Prize: Phil Coan
  • CVS PhD: Andrew Chapman - (runner up John Hung)
  • CMVM Innovation Prize: David Mellis
  • Edinburgh Imaging Prize: Ayran Baghbadrani
  • ECR Oral Presentation Winner: Cass Li - (runners up Kate Schraut and Mark MacAskill)
  • Public Engagement Achievement Award: ASCUS Workshop Collaborators Rebecca Wafer, Teodora Aldea and Emmanouil Solomonidis

Grand Challenges Word Cloud

Throughout the symposium, CVS members were asked to contribute to a live word cloud of thoughts on research and scientific challenges facing them in their efforts to improve the rate and outcome of cardiovascular disease. Major challenges that stood out from the word cloud were diabetes, obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, and experimental medicine.



0900 – 0910 Introduction: Professor Andrew Baker, Head of Centre
09:10 SESSION 1: Grand Challenges 

Chair: Professor Robert Semple          

09:15 - 09:35 Professor Jamie Davies

"Building Kidneys from Stem Cells"

09:35 - 09:55 Professor Rebecca Reynolds

"Diabetes Challenges: from preclinical to people, populaton and policy"

09:55 - 10:15 Professor John Mullins

"A tale of two cells"

10:15 - 10:35 Coffee/Tea
10:35 SESSION 2: New Fellows, New Research Directions
Chair: Dr Laura Denby              
10:40 - 11:00 Dr Tijana Mitic, BHF Re-Entry Fellow

 "Epigenetics and IncRNA in angiogenesis"

11:00 - 11:20 Dr Morag Mansley

"Regulating our circulating volume: steroid control of sodium balance in the distal nephron"

11:20 - 11:40 Dr Ruth Morgan, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow

"20beta-dihydrocortisol; a novel endogenous agonsit of the mineralocorticoid receptor"

12:00 SESSION 3: Early Career Researcher Competition
Dr Jess Ivy & Ms Francesca Vacante
12:00 - 12:45 12:00 Dr Cass Li "scRNA-sep analyses reveal cardiac endothelial heterogeneity

and provide targets for augmenting angiogenesis in ischaemic adult hearts"                        

1215 Dr Katharina Schraut "Rare variants implicate ENPP6 as a regulator of visceral adiposity"                 

1230 Dr Mark MacAskill  "Novel TSPO radiotracer for non-invasive detection and quantification of

inflammation using PET imaging"                  

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch & Poster Session*
PM SESSION 4: Grand Challenges
Chair: Professor Nik Morton          
13:50 - 14:10 Dr Carmel Moran (Professor Elect)

"Bubble therapy - ultrasonic contrast agents to break down the blood brain barrier"

14:10 - 14:30 Dr Mark Miller

"From car to coronary: The cardiovascular effects of air pollution"

14:30 - 14:50 Dr Cecile Benezech

"Macrophages: When metabolism intersects with immunity (and vice versa)"

14:50 - 15:15 Coffee/Tea and Poster Judging
15:15 - 16:00 SESSION 5: Introduction by Prof Ruth Andrew                        
Keynote Lecture: KW Donald Memorial Lecture
  Professor Eric Olson, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

“New Insights into Muscle Development, Disease and Regeneration”

16:00 - 16:15 Concluding Remarks: Professor Andy Baker
Presentation of Prizes
16:15 - 17:00 Wine and nibbles mixer


Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to hosting another stimulating symposium next year, on 13 June 2019, with Keynote speaker Ton Rabelink.

For further information on last years symposium and programme please see the link below: