Volume 43, Number 5

Message From the President

The MCS Annual meeting in San Diego is less than two months away!   This year’s meeting will include three thematic hybrid symposia on Saturday April 2.  They will combine presentations by recognized experts in the field and early career scientists, on blood cell-microvessel interactions, blood flow control, and microvascular permeability.   Other key MCS presentations include the Landis Award lecture by Dr. Steven Segal on Sunday, April 3 and the Joint APS/MCS Kaley Award Lecture and Symposium led by Dr. Sussan Nourshargh on Tuesday, April 5.

Please mark you calendars for the MCS Poster Discussion/Reception on Saturday April 2 at 6:00 pm!  Based on a survey of last year’s meeting and attendance numbers, MCS Council decided to focus on the Poster Discussion/Reception as the primary social event for MCS at the meeting.  Admission will be FREE for MCS members and potential new members!  (NOTE: there will be no MCS luncheon this year).   This event will be a wonderful opportunity to promote interactions among MCS members with the feel of a smaller meeting and allow early career scientists to showcase their research in advance of the general poster sessions.

The MCS Trainee Committee has been very active; this group will implement a “meeting mentor” program in which established MCS investigators will be aligned with trainees to foster interactions and enhance the overall meeting experience of the trainees (and the mentors).   Please contact me directly if you are interested in participating in this excellent initiative.

In addition to containing important information about the meeting, this newsletter introduces a new section, “Talking Science.”  In the spirit of what we value about our society, researchers share their opinions and perspectives on a specific scientific question. This newsletter’s question is – “Are pericytes stem cells?” I invite you to read the intriguing discussion about pericytes and to think of future topics we can discuss in our newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Rolando Rumbaut, M.D., Ph.D.
MCS President

Microcirculatory Society Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016

Join us April 2-6 in San Diego for our Annual Meeting which will feature the Landis Award Lecture by Steve Segal; the Gabor Kaley Lecture by Sussan Nourshargh; the Poster Discussion/Reception and three symposia:
  • President's Symposium: Blood Cell-Microvessel Interactions
  • Signal Integration and Microcirculatory Blood Flow Control: Making Parts Whole Using a Network Approach
  • Advances in Microvascular Permeability/Glycocalyx
The full program including speakers and their presentations is on our web site at:
Talking Science - Are Pericytes Stem Cells?
"As a pericyte purist, I would have previously said 'Pericytes are absolutely NOT stem cells." But recently seeing some live imaging of pericyte migration, I was surprised to see a subset of presumptive pericytes migrate off capillaries into the interstitium.  Do they assume a 'stem cell' phenotype?  We don't have concrete evidence, but I am not as resolute as I was before." - John C. Chappell, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

"Pericytes are a jack of all trades, master of none. In the sense that, these cells are capable of mimicking the action of others cells within the vasculature without the need to differentiate." - Albert Gonzales, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Vermont

"I have yet to see evidence that pericytes can become any cell in the body – a pre-requisite for being classified as stem cells. That said, I believe they can acquire a new phenotype with different functions in special circumstances (such as when activated or in pathological conditions); which may make them be perceived as a different cell type altogether." - Sara S. Nunes de Vasconcelos, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Read More . . .

From the Laboratories of MCS Members: Recent Studies in Microcirculation
This month we feature an article by David Ellinsworth (University of Bristol), Shaun Sandow (University of New South Wales), and David Gutterman (Medical College of Wisconsin) entitled, "Endothelium-Derived Hyperpolarization and Coronary Vasodilation: Diverse and Integrated Roles of Epoxyeicosatrienoic Acids, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Gap Junctions ."  Read the synopsis of the paper on our web site.  The full article is included in Volume 23, Issue 1 of Microcirculation

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Meet Some of Our Newest Members
Brandon Lucke-Wold is a 5th year MD/PhD student who is completing a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research and the Global Health Track at West Virginia University School of Medicine.   Read more . . .

Anand Sunny Narayanan is currently a doctoral student working in Dr. David Zawieja’s Lymphatic Biology group in the Medical Physiology Department at TAMU-HSC.  Read more . . .
2016 Travel Award for Outstanding Young Investigator
Congratulations to W. Lee Murfee of Tulane University.  Dr. Murfee is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. During the upcoming summer, Dr. Murfee plans to visit the Walter Brendel Centre of Experimental Medicine (WBex) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. WBex is a premier cardiovascular research center and an ideal choice because his research interests overlap with multiple laboratories.  Read more . . .
Congratulations our 2016 August Krogh Young Investigator Travel Award
Travis M Doggett, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida will receive the 2016 Krogh Award at the annual meeting.  His current research interest focuses on microvascular permeability following hemorrhagic shock/trauma combined with acute alcohol intoxication.  Read more . . .
Congratulations to the 2016 Pappenheimer Travel Award Recipients
Erika M. Boerman, Ph.D.
University of Missouri


Kazuki Hotta, Ph.D.
Florida State University College of Medicine

Charles Norton, Ph.D.
University of Missouri

Maria Sancho Gonzalez, Ph.D.
University of Western  Ontario
Zhichao Fan, Ph.D.
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Vishal Mali, Ph.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School


Nicole M. Novielli, Ph.D.
University of Guelph

Marta Noa Valcarcel Ares, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma

Mi Zhou, Ph.D.
Penn State College of Medicine

See presentation titles and bios of the award winners on our web site
Congratulations to the 2016 Zweifach Student Travel Award Recipients
Mohammed Al Tarhuni
University of Western Ontario

Randa S. Eshaq
LSU Health-Shreveport

Margaret Kelly-Goss
University of Virginia

Anand Narayanan
Texas A&M Health Science Center

Francisco I. Ramirez-Perez
University of Missouri
Natascha Alves
University of South Florida
(no photo available)

Ahmed Hashad
University of Calgary

Iain Lamb
University of Guelph

Amanda Pellowe
Yale University

Shuai Yuan
Louisiana Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
See presentation titles and bios of the award winners on our web site
Meeting of Interest: APS Conference on Inflammation, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
Connect with peers at this exciting conference and discuss atherosclerosis, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and other new discoveries that affect the cardiovascular system.
The conference will take place August 24-27, 2016 in Westminster, Colorado.  Abstract deadline is May 13; advanced registration deadline is July 15; travel award applications due May 20.  Register by June 15 and be entered to win an iPad Pro!
Go to for more meeting details.
MCS President Rolando Rumbaut
Talking Science
What are people saying about pericytes?
Annual Meeting
April 2-6, 2016
San Diego
Click Here for Program
Come to the Poster Discussion
& Reception

at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego, April 2 at 6:00pm
Room 27 of the Convention Center

If you are a trainee and would like to present - contact Ms. Englert by February 22
Still a few spots available - hurry!

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