Volume 43, Number 6

Message From the President

I am honored to be the President of the MCS and be among many esteemed scientists who have served in this capacity.  Although my term is for only one year, I plan on working with membership and Council to improve the financial status of the Society, increase our visibility, and improve programming.  All three goals are interconnected as programming brings visibility, and visibility will hopefully translate into more members, which will improve our financial status.  It was rewarding to see the MCS sessions at Experimental Biology so well attended, as well as listen to exciting, new information. I still judge a meeting as being successful when I learn something new and also when I see presentations that catalyze new ideas.  In this case I found the meeting a resounding success.  I was also gratified to see a large number of trainees presenting their work.  Clearly we as a society must foster the growth of our trainees and demonstrate the value of being a member of the MCS.  I am receptive to ideas and thoughts from trainees, regular members and emeritus members, and will welcome any and all suggestions of how we can continue the growth of our society.

William M. Chilian, Ph.D.
MCS President

Microcirculatory Society 2016 Annual Meeting: Reflections

This year’s MCS meeting helped stimulate great enthusiasm in our Society.   The symposia presentations were elegant and extremely well attended.  The interactions among trainees and established investigators at the poster discussion/reception were most engaging.  I was thrilled to see countless MCS members proudly displaying our logo.   Overall, the meeting was outstanding!  - Rolando Rumbaut (MCS Past President, Baylor College of Medicine)

Awardees and mentors pose for a selfie.  Selfie photographer is Iain Lamb, Trainee Committee Chair and recipient of an MCS Travel Award.

Having missed the last couple of MCS meetings, it was wonderful to not only see old friends but also meet some amazing new scientists. I'd heard the poster session was well-received the year before, and now I can see why - there was great energy in the room and the constant hum of dialogue reminded me that microcirculation research is alive and well. And the Landis Award by Dr. Segal was a great and inspiring way to round it off. Thank you all. - Karen Stokes (MCS Councilor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center)

The moderated poster session was a highlight of the meeting for me. I was able to discuss my research and receive invaluable feedback, and also meet and network with a variety of senior scientists and fellow trainees who study the microcirculation. This was the second year I attended this event, and I definitely plan on attending again in the future. - Steven Brooks (MCS Member, West Virginia University)

I can honestly say that I was energized by this year’s MCS meeting. From the lively, engaging, and discussion prompting sessions, to the interactions with trainees during our poster reception, I felt the value of our society and its future. - Lee Murfee (MCS Secretary, Tulane University)

After two years away from Experimental Biology, the MCS program in San Diego was a great way to meet new faces in the field and reconnect with old friends. I presented in the evening session/mixer and enjoyed hearing about exciting new findings there, in the symposia and at the posters. This was also my first EB as a voting member of MCS, and I look forward to becoming more involved in the society and encouraging other young scientists to do the same. - Erika Boerman (MCS Member, University of Missouri)

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2016 Kaley Lecturer:
Dr. Sussan Nourshargh

Dr. Sussan Nourshargh, 3rd Annual Kaley Lecturer, with Dr. Merry Lindsey, APS Cardiovascular Section Chair, and Dr. Rolando Rumbaut, President, The Microcirculatory Society.

The 3rd annual Kaley Lecturer was Dr. Sussan Nourshargh, Head of the Centre for Microvascular Research & Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology, Barts and The London Medical School, London, UK. This lectureship is made possible by a generous donation by the Family of Professor Gabor Kaley, who was Professor and Chair of Physiology at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Dr. Kaley is remembered by his longstanding excellence in research, and in mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, whether they worked directly with him, or interacted with him at scientific meetings. Dr. Nourshargh’s excellence in research and mentoring follows this path closely.  Dr. Nourshargh’s lecture, entitled “Neutrophil-Microvessel Interactions: Novel Concepts and Pathophysiological Implications” was followed by a thematic symposium with presentations by four talented early career researchers.  The American Physiological Society and The Microcirculatory Society were honored to recognize Dr. Nourshargh as the 2016 Kaley Lecturer.
The four young Kaley symposium speakers with Dr. Sussan Nourshargh (in the middle): Amanda Pellowe, PhD candidate, Zhichao Fan, PhD,  Fong Lam, MD, Christoph Scheiermann, PhD

Find out more about Dr. Gabor Kaley, go to

Talking Science - Does every arteriole constrict the same?

"Not entirely – constriction is an endpoint, which is reached not only by interaction of the contractile proteins but through accessory mechanisms that include cytoskeletal remodeling, modulation of Ca2+ sensitivity and negative feedback. Evidence exists for variation in the expression of the signaling molecules underlying these processes.  Further, structural differences (cell-cell and cell-matrix) likely impact and are known to vary between vasculatures.” – Michael Hill, University of Missouri

“Absolutely not! Context is key. Arterioles are equipped to respond to the huge range of stimuli that are specific to their local environment, be that brain or bladder, and will thus behave differently depending on where they are. Even within the same organ, regional variations can confer different properties on the local arterioles.” – Thomas Longden, University of Vermont

”I would say No to that. If a vascular network is, by design structurally heterogeneous, then arterioles must retain different levels of tone to ensure that blood flow is similar among all the distal capillaries.” – Donald Welsh, University of Western Ontario
Read More . . .
From the Laboratories of MCS Members: Highlights from the April Microcirculation Issue
This month we are highlighting the papers of MCS members - 
Obesity and Cancer: An Angiogenic and Inflammatory Link” by Dai Fukumura, Joao Incio, Ram C. Shankaraiah and Rakesh K. Jain.

"Adiponectin Receptor Agonist, AdipoRon, Causes Vasorelaxation Predominantly Via a Direct Smooth Muscle Action” by Kwangseok Hong, Sewon Lee, Rong Li, Yan Yang, Miles A. Tanner, Jianbo Wu and Michael A. Hill.
"Hyperglycemia-Mediated Oxidative Stress Increases Pulmonary Vascular Permeability” by John S. Clemmer, Lusha Xiang, Silu Lu, Peter N. Mittwede and Robert L. Hester.

Read the abstracts of the papers on our web site.  The full article is included in Volume 23, Issue 3 of Microcirculation

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Meet One of Our Newest Members
WIlliam A. Cupples, Ph.D. is a Professor in Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology at the Simon Fraser University.  He has a long standing interest in blood flow autoregulation, largely in the kidney. Currently he is working on issues related to synchronization of the dynamics of autoregulatory mechanisms.  He is pictured here at  Pond Inlet in Nunavut.  
MCS President William Chilian presents Dr. Rumbaut with the Past President's plaque in appreciation for his service.
Talking Science
Does every arteriole constrict the same?
Annual Meeting
April 2-6, 2016
San Diego
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Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco
For meetings of interest to MCS Members, see the Calendar of Events
Business Meeting Minutes and Committee Reports are available in the Documents section of the Member Center.  Log in to access the documents.
Officers and Coucilors:
President:  William Chilian
President-elect:  Shayn Peirce-Cottler*
Past President:  Rolando Rumbaut
Secretary: Walter L. Murfee
Treasurer: Luis Martinez-Lemus*
Jerome Breslin
Kim Dora
Anjelica Gonzalez*
Mariappan Muthuchamy
Karen Stokes
Donald G. Welsh*
Terms and contact information are available on our web site - Click Here

*Indicates recently elected
Seeking nominations - Landis Award
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