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Third meeting in the series
Following the first two meetings in this series - The Leukocyte in Cardiovascular Disease in Geneva 2011 and Inflammation and Atherosclerosis in Munich, 2012 (chaired by Christian Weber), this was the 3rd meeting in the series.
Original chairs Beat Imhof and François Mach (University of Geneva) were joined by Brenda Kwak (University of Geneva) for this two day meeting.
The official language of the conference is English.
Angiogenesis, immune cells, oxidative stress and biomechanical shear forces have a large influence on cardiovascular pathologies. This conference will highlight the molecular roles of these cells and mechanisms in atherogenesis; talks will be given by leading specialists in the field. Atheromas are dynamic lesions of dysfunctional endothelial and smooth muscle cells driven by infiltrating inflammatory monocyte/macrophages, lymphocytes and angiogenic endothelial cells. Furthermore, biomechanical and oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in rendering atherosclerotic plaques vulnerable. Potential therapeutic interventions will be discussed.