News & Announcements

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4th Biannual ReVAMP Meeting

The network successfully held its 4th Biannual ReVAMP Meeting in Boston, Michigan, USA. This year we had hybrid sessions helping us integrate international collaborators in different time zones. In the photograph from left to right: Steve Spurgin, Ondine Cleaver, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Li-Kun Phng, Matthew Kutys (behind), Elizabeth Touriner-Lasserve, Salim Seyfried, Ana Mompeon, Dinara Sharipova, Miikka Vikkula.


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ReVAMP scientists at the GRC

An overwhelming presence of ReVAMP members was seen at the GRC in Angiogenesis this summer. The meeting featured talks by Drs. Tournier-Lasserve, Salim Seyfried, Miikka Vikkula, and Luisa Iruela-Arispe. Dr. Ondine Cleaver organized the meeting held at Newport, Rhode Island, to which over 160 scientists attended. In the photograph from left to right: Ana Mompeon, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, and Danielle Pi.



July 1, 2023

ReVAMP welcomes new faculty.

Dr. Li-Kun Phng and Dr. Matthew Kutys were awarded a Junior Faculty Position in the Leducq Funded ReVAMP Network.

Dr. Li-Kun Phng's current research aims to understand endothelial cell mechanobiology and the interplay between haemodynamic forces and endothelial cell mechanoresponse at cellular and subcellular levels.

Dr. Matthew Kutys's current research focuses on understanding vascular morphogenesis by endothelial mechanotransduction at cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interfaces.


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Dr. Angela Queisser visits the Arispe Lab 

Dr. Angela Queisser, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vikkula Lab at the deDuve Institute visits the Arispe Lab in Northwestern Chicago to learn firsthand new orbital flow experimental techniques. Lab hosts Ana Mompeon, Katiannah Moise, and Joceyln Salvador were delighted to welcome the scientific collaborator. In the photograph from left to right: Katiannah Moise, Angela Queisser, Jocelyn Salvador (photographer behind camera).


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Nature Cardiovascular Research features Dr. Luisa Iruela-Arispe

In celebration of International Women's Day, Nature Cardiovascular Research features an interview with Dr. Luisa Iruela-Arispe. The interview delves into Dr. Arispe's journey as a young female scientist, embracing the obstacles of new countries, new languages, and new cultures along the way.

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North American Vascular Biology Organization awards Dr. Miikka Vikkula the 2023 Earl P. Benditt Award

The Earl P. Benditt Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding discoveries or developed concepts that have been seminal to the understanding of vascular biology or pathology. Dr. Vikkula, Professor of Human Genetics at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and ReVAMP European Lead Coordinator was announced recipient on January 26.

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Call-for-applications - Junior faculty funding by the Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence “ReVAMP”

The Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence “ReVAMP”- Recalibrating vascular malformations and mechanotransduction by pharmacological intervention” is reaching out to emerging investigators who can apply for at least two years of funding from our network. Members of the consortium are fully committed to foster the growth of four external emerging investigators at the Assistant Professor/Junior Faculty with $50,000/investigator. Additional travel support will allow these investigators to participate in face-to-face bi-annual network meetings (next scheduled meetings are Vancouver, March 2023 and Rhode Island, August 2023). They will participate in monthly exchanges, online interactions and face-to-face meetings. Our network focuses on biomechanical signaling in the context of vascular malformations. We aim to gain a better understanding of the molecular underpinnings of vascular malformations and generate useful therapies. Tangible therapeutic approaches are being developed based on the novel idea that vascular cell responses to blood flow can be normalized using pharmacological modulation. Applicants are expected to contribute expertise and methodological advances in the fields of biomechanics, biophysics, vascular biology, live cell imaging, pharmacology, bioinformatics, or other relevant technologies.
More details about our network can be found at and in a recent review article (PMID: 35426368: J Clin Invest. 2022;132(8):e160227. Applications should contain a CV and letter of motivation related to working within our consortium. Please address to Luisa Iruela-Arispe ( or Miikka Vikkula ( no later than March 25th, 2023. 


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Dr. Salim Seyfried was elected the VP of the German Society for Developmental Biology.

Embracing new leadership responsibilities, Dr. Salim Seyfried is elected Vice President of the German Society for Developmental Biology. He is looking forward to working with the newly elected chair of the German Society for Developmental Biology, Dr. Kerstin Bartscherer.

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Evaelle Ferton and Minh Arnould, scientists in the Tournier-Lasserve Lab visit the Arispe Lab to observe ScRNASeq experimental procedures for collaboration. In the photograph from left to right: Ana Mompeon, Evaelle Ferton, Minh Arnould, Jocelyn Salvador, Luisa Iruela-Arispe.


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Annmarie Dominguez, Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University in the Arispe Lab and president of Northwestern's SACNAS Chapter, is acknowledged with the 2022 SACNAS Award for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. This is the first time the Northwestern Chapter has received the award.

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Dr. M. Luisa Iruela-Arispe is elected 2022 AAAS fellow. The organization bestows this award to members whose efforts to advance science or its applications to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.

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Katiannah Moise, Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University in the Arispe Lab, is honored with a travel award for the work she presented at IVBM 202!


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Mitzy Cowdin, Ph.D. Candidate at UT Southwestern in the Cleaver Lab, presents a poster at the 22nd International Vascular Biology Meeting. Her work is titled, "Lats 1/2 are required for endothelial cell remodeling and stability."

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Following Kloster Seeon nothing better than continuing interactions with the Leducq REVAMP consortium! The network hosts their 2nd Biannual ReVAMP meeting at Kloster Seeon. Surrounded by nature and science!

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Fantastic ReVAMP network representation at the 2022 Kloster Seeon Angiogenesis Meeting in Munich, Germany. During the meeting, multiple poster presenters share progress on their research developments, exposing their work to an inquisitive, diverse group of scientific experts.

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Dr. Miikka Vikkula shared his research at the 43rd Annual David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis!


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Gustav Jonsson has been awarded a DOC Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, helping him propel his research project forward in the Penninger Lab!


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Annmarie Dominguez, PhD candidate in the Arispe Lab is accorded honorable mention status in the 2022 Ford Foundation Fellowship.


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Dr. Ondine Cleaver presents findings on "Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cell fate specification during blood vessel development and organogenesis," at the Pan3DP meeting

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Mitzy Cowdin, former Biomedical Engineering Society President and PhD candidate in the Cleaver Lab, is presented with the Excellence in Mentorship Award presented by Dr. Nancy Street! The Excellence in Mentorship award recognizes students for outstanding contributions to the biomedical engineering field by awarding those who demonstrate leadership, commitment, growth, integrity, and ingenuity.

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Dr. Salim A. Seyfried organized the Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Aging Symposium held at the University of Potsdam. Above he is seen sharing the meeting opening remarks.

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Dr. Stephen Spurgin, Pediatric Fellow in the Cleaver Lab introduces Dr. Roman Zantl, CEO of ibidi GmbH on Tuesday, May 10, at a virtual meeting as the network members engage on lively discussion about the ibidi Pump System. 

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ReVAMP Network Coordinators Drs. Luisa Iruela-Arispe and Miikka Vikkula take a selfie at the St. Helena Napa Valley garden. Drs. Arispe and Vikkula attended the Leducq Symposium and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting taking place May 5 through 6, 2022 at the Harvest Inn St. Helena Nappa Valley. They observed network program reviews and discussed strategic efforts necessary for their network's successful review. 


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The group kicks off with introductions of all network members at a virtual meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The group proposes moving forward with bimonthly meetings on Tuesdays connecting labs in Canada, Vienna, Texas, Illinois, France, Belgium, and Germany. This is an exciting group paving the way for international cross-pollination of research!