SmArt 2016
University of Fribourg  *  Switzerland  *  7 - 9 November 2016
Dear Participants,

Welcome to the Small Artery Remodelling (SmArteR) 2016 Symposium on Vascular remodelling.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the European population and represent a great burden of suffering and costs. When subjected to physiological and pathophysiological forces the blood vessels undergo transformations in wall shape caused by alterations in extracellular matrix and cellular composition. This vascular remodelling occurs specifically in small arteries and arterioles, resulting in extreme changes in size and function. Especially in hypertensive or diabetic patients this results in organ dysfunction and progression of vascular disease.

The goal of the symposium is to provide multidisciplinary training for young researchers in the field of vascular remodelling. Leading scientists will present background information and state of the art knowledge in their field of expertise and present the last results of their research. Give the small size of the conference and the informal atmosphere, students will have the opportunity to meet the experts and discuss their work.

This symposium is part of the training objectives of the Small Artery Remodelling Initial Training Program funded by the European Commission (FP7). It is open to students, junior and senior scientists and clinicians interested in vascular biology and arterial remodelling. It is a unique opportunity in Switzerland and Europe, to meet leading experts in the field to learn the latest on vascular progenitors in biology and medicine.

We look forward to welcoming you in Fribourg!

The organizers,

Curzio Rüegg,
University of Fribourg, Fribourg

Qingbo Xu,
Kings College, London
SmArteR Symposium  *  Vascular Remodeling in Biology and Medicine
University of Fribourg  *  Switzerland  *  7 - 9 November 2016