Keynote Speakers

We are honoured to have the following keynote speakers present at our symposium

Prof. Hanjoong Jo

Emory University and Georgia Tech

Prof. Jo is Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor and Associate Chair in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Tech, USA where he directs the Cardiovascular Mechanobiology, Therapeutics, and Nanomedicine Lab. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Emory and the Director of the Cardiovascular Biomechanics T32 Graduate Training Program at Emory and Georgia Tech. His lab studies how blood flow regulates vascular endothelial function, leading to atherosclerosis and aortic valve disease. His lab develops novel therapeutics by targeting flow-sensitive genes/proteins and nanotechnology for targeted therapeutics delivery to treat cardiovascular disease safely and effectively.

Prof. Blanca Rodriquez

University of Oxford

Prof. Rodriguez is Professor of Computational Medicine, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Computational Biology and Health Informatics Theme at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, UK.

Her scientific interest is in innovating in medical therapy development through a focus on human pathophysiology with modelling and simulation augmented by big data, machine learning and non-animal experimental methods. Our work has been featured as pioneering case studies for the ‘Digital Twin’ vision in cardiology, as well as In Silico Trials in drug development.   

Invited Speakers

Meet our invited speakers who will be presenting at the 19th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease:

Ali Akyildiz

Dr. Ali Akyildiz

Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Title lecture: Role of Mechanical Wall Stress in Coronary Atherosclerosis

Abdul Barakat

Prof. Abdul Barakat

Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Title lecture: Role of Endothelial Cell Shape and Orientational Order in Angiogenic Sprouting

Phillipe Bijlenga

Prof. Philippe Bijlenga

Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Germany

Title lecture: Navigating the Mist: Unveiling the Mysteries of Intracranial Aneurysm

Graeme Birdsey

Dr. Graeme Birdsey

Imperial College London, London, UK

Title lecture: Loss of ERG function contributes to lymphatic vessel malformations and primary lymphoedema

Michela Bozzetto

Dr. Michela Bozzetto 

Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy

Title lecture: Do Vascular Wall Vibrations Play a Role in Vascular Disease? The Case of Cerebral Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Fistula

Caroline Cheng

Dr. Caroline Cheng

UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Title lecture: to be announced

Michele Conti

Dr. Michele Conti

University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Title lecture: Bioprinting of 3D vascular models: Biofabrication Procress and Preliminary Results using the FRESH technique

Nele Famaey

Prof. Nele Famaey

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Title lecture: A multi-scale, multi-physics approach to understand and prevent cardiovascular maladaptation in the Ross procedure

Wouter Huberts

Prof. Wouter Huberts

TU Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Title lecture: An Efficient uncertainty and sensitivity analysis approach to direct personalization and assess the credibility of digital human twins

Patrick McGarry

Prof. Patrick McGarry

University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

Title lecture: Microstructually based biomedical odels for human thrombi

Ryan Pedrigi

Dr. Ryan Pedrigi

University of Nebraska, Nebraska, USA

Title lecture: Normal Blood Flow plus Atorvastatin Promotes Regression of Unstable Plaques

Koen Reesink

Dr. Koen Reesink

Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Title lecture: The Maastricht acquisition platform for studying mechanisms of cell-matrix crosstalk (MAPEX): Emerging insights on ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm formation

Arno Roest

Dr. Arno Roest

Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Leiden, the Netherlands

Title lecture: The incremental value of coputational fluid dynaics (CFD) in single ventricle congenital heart disease

Peter Stone

Prof. Peter Stone

Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Title lecture: Widening the Lens for Risk-Stratification of High-Risk Plaques Likely to Cause Future MACE: From Invasive IVUS/OCT to Non-Invasive CCTA

Ellie Tzima

Prof. Ellie Tzima

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Title lecture: Mechanisms of endothelial flow sensing

Suowen Xu

Prof. Suowen Xu

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Title lecture: Endothelial IGFBP6 Suppresses Vascular Inflammation and Atherosclerosis