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News and Resources from FCVB 2012, London - England

FCVB 2012 congress content, news,  and resources

News and Press Showcase sessions Keynote lectures Young investigators, research, posters, oral abstracts Weekend lunch time symposia Photos Slides

Our Congratulations to Judge's Choice and daily Poster Winners!  See the winners here.

This section brings you congress news, details of key sessions, abstracts, photos, daily showcase sessions and slide resources before, during and after the congress.

Whether you're attending or not, make sure to bookmark and check back here for all the content from FCVB 2012.

Opening Ceremony & Reception  Friday sessions  Saturday sessions  Sunday sessions  Closing & Awards Ceremony

 FCVB 2012 & Imperial College practical info  

Practical information about FCVB and London's Imperial College venue

Building plans, opening hours, access, lunch, and more. Information here »


 Photos from FCVB in London

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News & Press

ESC News and PressProjecting a strong ethos of the working scientist
“Delegates will find themselves right at the cutting edge, with opportunities to learn about innovations before they’ve even started along the translational science trajectory. There’ll be lots of valuable networking possibilities for people at all stages of their careers.” Read full report »

» Starvation: linked to greatest risk of cardiac complications
“Together, these innovative studies demonstrate the impact that basic research can have on the development of new approaches to heart treatments,” said Sian Harding, FCVB 2012 chairperson of the Core Scientific Committee. “New treatments preventing heart changes associated with poor nutrition would benefit those exposed to IUGR and also children who’ve experienced reduced calorie intakes, either due to food shortages or extreme dieting.”  Read full report »

  • Telomere length provides CVD insights in survivors of Leningrad Siege
    Russians born during the Leningrad Siege in World War II, which was responsible for some of the greatest losses of civilian life in history, are giving scientists new strategies to identify people who experienced intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and starvation during childhood at greatest risk of developing long term heart complications.  Read
  • Spanish team documents IUGR changes to heart muscle architecture
    The cellular changes identified, investigators suggested, might be used to target treatments to children at greatest risk of developing heart complications. In a second study, Spanish investigators elucidated structural changes occurring in the heart as a direct consequence of IUGR.  Monitoring reversal of these changes, suggested the authors, might offer a “fast track” approach for testing effectiveness of new therapies. Read

» Immune therapies: the next frontier in battle against atherosclerosis
New strategies injecting cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients with vaccines and monoclonal antibodies to combat atherosclerosis could soon change the treatment landscape of heart disease. Both approaches, Professor Jan Nilsson told delegates, can be considered truly ground breaking since for the first time they target the underlying cause of CVD.  Read full report »

» Transforming scar tissue into beating hearts: the next installment
The latest research developments to  reprogram scar tissue resulting from  myocardial infarction (MI) into viable heart muscle cells, were presented In a keynote lecture where Dr Deepak Srivastava outlined his approach that has been described as a “game changer” with the potential to revolutionise treatment of MI.  For the first time at the FCVB meeting, Srivastava presented the results of his latest studies using viral vectors to deliver genes directly into the hearts of adult mice that had experienced an MI. Read full report »


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Daily Showcase Sessions 

Showcase sessionsEach ESC Working Group or Sister Society has selected one session which they have identified as their showcase.
Find here the showcase session for your community, all showcase sessions by day.

Sessions by day: Friday  l  Saturday  l  Sunday

Other recommended sessions

In addition to these main showcase sessions, each organising Working Group or Society has made additional session selections that they recommended for members and peers of their group as they may be of special interest. Each organisation has made their selections based on relevance to their field of greatest interest or focus.
upSee other recommended sessions »

Keynote Lectures

Keynote lecturesFive high profile keynote lectures delivered by world class leaders in their fields.

Salvador Moncada Peter Carmeliet Peter F. Davies Ron Heeren Deepak Srivastava

» Lessons in Science: competition in scientific research.  Salvador Moncada (London, GB) - Friday 30 March, 10:15-11:00, Read more »

» Endothelial metabolism: a target in angiogenesis. Peter Carmeliet (Leuven, BE) - Saturday 31 March, 10:45-11:30, Read more »

» Gene regulation and blood flow. Peter F. Davies (Philadelphia, USA) - Saturday 31 March, 17:15-18:00, Read more »

» Molecular imaging of the heart. Ron Heeren (Amsterdam, NL) - Sunday 1 April, 10:45-11:30, Read more »

» Transdifferentiation of somatic cells into cardiomyocytes. Deepak Srivastava (San Francisco, USA) - upSunday 1 April, 16:45-17:30, Read more »


Young Investigator Presentations & Awards

Young InvestigatorsWe take great interest in our young members and recognise and reward talented young investigators. Special session focused on young investigators under the age of 35.
Saturday 31st March, 15:30 - 17:00
Winner of the competition will be awarded at the closing ceremony, Sunday 1 April, 17:30

Maxie Meiser  Blanche Schroen Ida Gjervold Lunde Britta Stapel Jere Paavola Paul Robinson

»  WINNER - Mitofusin 2 controls calcium transmission between the SR and mitochondria and regulates the bioenergetic feedback response in cardiac myocytes. Maxie Meiser (Homburg, DE) - 15:30, Read more »

» RUNNER-UP - Absence of microRNA-155 protects against adverse cardiac inflammation and hypertrophy during pressure overload and prevents heart failure. Blanche Schroen (Maastricht, NL) -16:00, Read more »

» RUNNER-UP - Syndecan-4, a z-disc proteoglycan, regulates mechanical stress-induced, pro-hypertrophic NFAT signaling in cardiomyocytes through a direct interaction with calcineurin. Ida Gjervold Lunde (Oslo, NO) - 16:15, Read more »

» FINALIST - Cardiac STAT3 deficiency is a pre-disposition for heart failure in response to beta-adrenergic stimulation. Britta Stapel (Hannover, DE) - 15:45, Read more »

» FINALIST - PKD2 mutations lead to impaired calcium cycling in the heart and predispose to heart failure. Jere Paavola (Espoo, FI) - 16:30, Read more »

» FINALIST - Cardiomyopathy-causing mutations in cardiac thin filament regulatory proteins acutely affect Ca2+ buffering and Ca2+ dependant signalling in situ. Paul Robinson (Oxford, GB) - 16:45, Read more »


Our Congratulations to Judge's Choice and daily Poster Winners! 
See the winners here.
 CBCS Posters Oral Abstracts and Posters

Also, don't miss the oral abstract session -abstracts available here

- and daily poster sessions - abstracts available here by day - The best presentations will also receive awards at the closing ceremony.

CBCSOutstanding Achievement Award

Honouring basic researchers in the early stage of their career
With this award the ESC Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (CBCS) honours two basic researchers with outstanding accomplishments in the early stage of their career. The award will be given at the Basic Science Poster Reception during the ESC Congress 2012 in Munich, Germany. Each awardee receives a monetary prize of 3,000 EUR and an honorary plaque. Find out more information about the award and other CBCS grants. 



Weekend lunch time symposia

Two new sessions designed for clinicians / scientists interested in a deep understanding of thrombosis and antithrombotic therapy. Basic researchers in the area of thrombosis and hemostasis.

Saturday 31 March - Great Hall - 11:45-13:15

Open hot issues on antiplatelet treatment in acute coronary syndromes
The most advanced topics on antiplatelet treatment in acute coronary syndromes...Read more »

Sunday 1 April - Great Hall - 11:45-13:15

Coagulation and anticoagulation 2012 – Basic and translational aspects
upCurrent speculations on the different consequences in targeting various coagulation factors as antithrombotic strategies...Read more »

Slides from the congress 

Presentation Authors
Lessons in Science: Competion in Scientific Research S. Moncada
SERCA2a over-expression as a Treatment for the Failing Heart R. Hajjar
Mitofusin 2 controls calcium transmission between the SR and mitochondria and regulates the bioenergetic feedback response in cardiac myocytes M. Meiser
Immune Mechanisms in Heart Failure E. Hirsch
Proarrhythmicmodeling in pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes P. Sartipy
Chemotherapeutic Cardiotoxicity: a stem cell disease F. Quaini 
Molecular Imaging of the Atherosclerotic Plaque R. Botnar 
The ubiquitin-proteasome system in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy L. Carrier