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Cardiovascular Development Meeting 2019

The Official Meeting of the ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy and Pathology

14/10/2019 09:00 16/10/2019 12:00 Europe/Paris Cardiovascular Development Meeting 2019

This official meeting of the ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy & Pathology.


ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy & Pathology DD/MM/YYYY
Cardiovascular Development and Anatomy


The goal of this annual meeting is to provide a highly interactive forum for researchers in the field of cardiovascular development, anatomy and pathology.

Meeting organising and scientific committee

Organiser: Prof. José M. Perez-Pomares, Faculty of Sciences, University of Málaga, Spain, and Chairperson of the ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy & Pathology.

Scientific committee: Nucleus Members of the ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy & Pathology.

Meeting venue

Hands on session

Andalusian Center for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND)

Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, c/Severo Ochoa, 35

29590 Campanillas, Málaga, Spain


University of Malaga's Rectory

Avenida Cervantes, 2

29016 Málaga, Spain

Scientific programme

Monday 14 October

Hands on session at BIONAND: Morphology of Congenital Heart Disease: Di George syndrome and associated cardiovascular malformations

Organisation: Lucile Houyel, Israel Valverde, Monique Jongbloed, Deborah Henderson, José-Maria Perez-Pomares

  • 09.00-09.05: introduction [José-Maria Perez-Pomares - Malaga, SP]
  • 09.05-10.00: from embryology to anatomy: Di George syndrome and cardiac neural crest/second heart field outflow tract defects [Lucile Houyel - Paris, FR & Deborah Henderson - Newcastle, UK]
  • 10.00:11.00: video demonstration of CNC/SHF outflow tract malformations: common arterial trunk, tetralogy of Fallot vs outlet VSD with malaligned outlet septum,  aortic arch anomalies [Lucile Houyel - Paris, FR (movies), Monique Jongbloed - Leiden, NL (specimens)]
  • 11.00-11.45: hands-on session [Israel Valverde (3D prints), Monique Jongbloed - Leiden, NL & Lucile Houyel - Paris, FR (specimens)]
  • 11:45-12.15: Quiz
Conference at University of Malaga's Rectory

13:00-14:00: registration

14:00-14:15: welcome address [Jose Maria Pérez Pomares - Malaga, SP]

14:15-15:30: abstract based oral session I: Cardiac progenitor cells and the patterning of the embryonic myocardium

  • 14.15-14.45 Cell dynamics of secondary heart field cells [Robert Kelly - Marseille, FR]
  • 14.45-15.00 Role of the cAMP signaling pathway in the regulation of cardiac progenitor cell fate [Fabien Hubert - Marseille, FR]
  • 15.00-15.15 Transient Nodal signalling in left precursors coordinates opposite asymmetries to shape the heart loop [Audrey Desgrange - Paris, FR]
  • 15.15-15.30 Wnt11 regulates L-Type Calcium Channel by AKAP2-PKA compartmentalization in patterning the developing myocardium [Mai Phan - Berlin, GE]

15:30-16:45: abstract based oral session II: Single cell heart transcriptomics: from embryo to adult

  • 15.30-16.00 Transcriptomics of cardiac progenitor cells [Thomas Braun - Bad Nauheim, DE]
  • 16.00-16.15 Hoxb1 establishes the fate of cardiac progenitor cells [Sonia Stefanovic - Marseille, FR]
  • 16.15-16.30 Anatomical localization of progenitors in the cardiac crescent delineated by single-cell approaches [Richard Tyser - Oxford, UK]
  • 16.30-16.45 Conserved epigenetic regulatory logic establishes a repressive index for inferring genes governing cell identity [Nathan Palpant - St Lucia Qld, AU]

16:45-17:30: coffee break

17:30-18:30: keynote lecture I: Biology of skeletal muscle stem cells [Pura Muñoz-Cànoves - Barcelona, SP]

Free evening

Tuesday 15 October

09:00-10:15: abstract based oral session III: Insights in vascular biology

  • 09.00-09.30 Using multispectral and genetic barcoding to study cardiovascular biology [Rui Benedito - Madrid, SP]
  • 09.30-09.45 Tissue-resident macrophages pattern the developing cardiac lymphatic system [Joaquim Vieira - Oxford, UK]
  • 09.45-10.00 Pax9 interacts with Tbx1 in the pharyngeal endoderm to control pharyngeal arch artery development [Catherine Stothard - Newcastle, UK]
  • 10.00-10.15 NADPH oxidases promote developmental programming of pulmonary arterial hypertension by transient fetal hypoxia [Katharina Hochkogler - München, GE]

10:15-10:45: coffee break

10:45-11:45: abstract based oral session IV: Connective tissues in cardiac development and disease

  • 10.45-11.15 Fibrosis in cardiac disease [Cristina Basso - Padova, IT]
  • 11.15-11.30 Single-cell RNA-seq analysis reveals the crucial role of Collagen Triple Helix Repeat Containing 1 (CTHRC1) cardiac fibroblasts for ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction [Adrián Ruiz-Villalba - Pamplona, SP]
  • 11.30-11.45 Postnatal cardiac fibroblast characterization and regulation of ECM remodeling and cardiomyocyte proliferation [Luis Hortells-Garcia - Cincinnati, OH, USA]

11:45-12:45: lunch

12:45-13:45: keynote lecture II: Hippo signaling in heart homeostasis and regeneration [Jim Martin - Houston, US]

13:45-15:30: abstract based oral session V: Cilia, laterality & CHD

  • 13.45-14.15 Regulators of cilia function in laterality development [Melanie Philipp - Ulm, DE]
  • 14.15-14.45 Laterality in Congenital Heart Disease [Monique Jongbloed - Leiden, NL]
  • 14.45-15.15 Fetal heterotaxy: should we still categorize? [Lucile Houyel - Paris, FR]
  • 15.15-15.30 The Controversial Anatomy of Holes between Ventricles [Laura Edgar - Birmingham, UK]

15:30-16:00: coffee break

16:00-16:45: abstract based oral session VI: Cellular mechanisms in cardiac disease

  • 16.00-16.15 Disruption of sodium-dependent vitamin transport: a potential novel cause of cardiomyopathy [Lauren Phillips - Newcastle, UK]
  • 16.15-16.30 Low incidence of left ventricular noncompaction in a pathology archive [Bjarke Jensen - Amsterdam, NL]
  • 16.30-16.45 Modelling Mybpc3-related HCM and LVNC [Alejandro Salguero - Madrid, SP]

16:45-17:00: WG General Assembly

17:00-18:30: poster session (all posters): posters viewing and guided discussion (WG Young Community)

20:30-23:30: conference dinner

Wednesday 16 October

09:00-10:15: abstract based oral session VII: Remodeling of the AV canal: from valves to conduction system

  • 09.00-09.30 Cell diversity in AV valve morphogenesis and maturation [Andy Wessels - Charleston, SC, USA]
  • 09.30-09.45 Gpr126 (ADGRG6) contributes to valve development by regulating EMT of endocardial cells [Gentian Musa - Nürnberg, GE]
  • 09.45-10.00 Newly mutation found in mitral valve prolapse dysregulates Wnt signaling through interacting with β-catenin antagonist [Lilong Guo - Charleston, SC, USA]
  • 10.00-10.15 Temporal requirement of Nkx2-5 defines distinct scaffold and lineage restriction phases of ventricular conduction system development [Caroline Choquet - Marseille, FR]

10:15-10:30: coffee break

10:30-12:00: abstract based oral session VIII: Animal models in cardiac development and regeneration

  • 10.30-11.00 Zebrafish ventricle morphogenesis [Didier Stainier - Bad Nauheim, DE]
  • 11.00-11.15 A novel approach to understanding how pre-gestational diabetes induces embryonic birth defects [Nikita Ved - Oxford, UK]
  • 11.15-11.30 In vivo regeneration of cardiac valves – lessons from zebrafish [Anabela Bensimon-Brito - Bad-Nauheim, GE]
  • 11.30-11.45 Ephrin-B1 links the morphology of the adult cardiomyocyte to its inability to proliferate [Céline Galés - Toulousse, FR]
  • 11.45-12.00 SHROOM3 is a novel component of the planar cell polarity pathway whose disruption causes congenital heart disease [Matthew Durbin - Indianapolis, IN, USA]

12:00-12:30: prize and closing remarks


Abstract submission is now closed. Please access general guidelines and do not hesitate to contact the Technical Secretariat by email or by phone (+34 938 823 878)

General information for oral presentations

  1. Please check the date, time and meeting room assigned to your oral presentation in the e-mail sent to you.
  2. The list of oral presentations will be available in the Final Programme.
  3. The official language of the congress is English. Please bear in mind that the majority of the delegates are not native English speakers.
  4. The Presenting authors should arrive at the meeting room 15 minutes before the beginning of the session and introduce themselves to the chairpersons.
  5. The time allotted to each oral presentation is 15 minutes including discussion. Please note that it is very important that for a smooth development of the congress all authors respect the presentation time.

General information for posters

  1. There will be 1 poster session for interaction and discussion with the rest of the attendees: Tuesday, 15 October (17.00-18.30h)
  2. The list of oral presentations will be available in the Final Programme.
  3. The final reference number of the poster identifies the Paper Number (For example, P001 means poster 1 and P032 means poster 32).
  4. Material to fix the posters on the panels will be available in the poster area.
  5. Each poster will be displayed the day of the poster session only. Posters should be installed in the morning (9:00 am) and removed before 19.00. Left over posters will be thrown away.
  6. The maximum size of the poster must be 80cm width x 100cm length, portrait format, and must include the title, authors, affiliations and contact address and email. It is recommended to use font size 24 point to ensure it is legible. The official language of the congress is English.

Young Investigator Awards

Pexieder Award

The Working Group will award the Pexieder prize for the best oral presentation during the meeting.

This award had been named in tribute to Tomas Pexieder, founder and first Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Development Anatomy and Pathology, formerly named "Embryology and Teratology".

Poster Awards

All submitted abstracts will be automatically entered for these prizes.

Travel Awards

The Meeting will award travelling expenses up to four PhD-students and/or Junior Post-Docs (within 3 years after their PhD).

Applicant must be registered member of the Working Group (if not a member yet, you can still join for free now) and submit an abstract online (see above), indicating that they wish to apply for a travel grant.

Reimbursement is processed after the meeting and awardees may claim travel expenses via the ESC website with a maximum cash prize of 400 Euro. In the case of a no-show or lack of data presented at the meeting, the travel expense claim will not be processed. Also, in case travel awardees are also awarded for poster presentation, they will only receive the award certificate without any financial prize.


Full Meeting Fees Early fee until 31 July Late fee until 14 October
Standard €330 €380
Young (Student, Post-docs) €230 €330
Working Group on Development, Anatomy & Pathology Member* €300 €300

*Reduced fee for WG members only applies if membership is settled before the date of registration. The reduced fee for delegates who became Working Group members after registering will not apply.


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