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The program is taking shape and registration is now open for an important SVS research-oriented event, the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference. It will be held May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

The one-day conference emphasizes emerging vascular science and encourages interactive participation. Four abstract sessions will center on stem cells and wound healing, peripheral arterial disease, vascular thrombosis, and vascular biology.

Other VRIC highlights include the Translational Panel and the Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished Lecture, being presented at the 2018 VRIC for only the second time. This year’s Translational Panel will discuss "The Road to Entrepreneurship." Speakers include Colleen M. Brophy, M.D.; Mary Albertson and Geoffrey C. Gurtner, M.D.

Alan Daugherty, PhD, will present the Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished Lecture, named for the late Dr. Clowes, an outstanding surgeon-scientist and frequent presenter at VRIC. Dr. Daugherty’s lecture will focus on "Angiotensin II and Cellular Complexity of the Aorta: A Recipe for Aneurysmal Location."

Dr. Daugherty has been principal investigator on a wide range of research studies and is currently PI for two National Institutes of Health projects, "Mechanisms of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms" and "Adventitial-medial Interactions in Thoracic Aortic Diseases."

To maximize attendees’ time and travel dollars, VRIC is held the day before and in the same location as the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Scientific Sessions. Those sessions take place May 10-12.

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