Special Issue "Highlights of the 2013 Berlin Meeting of the ESC working group on Development, Anatomy and Pathology"
A special issue of Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease (ISSN 2308-3425).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2014) | Viewed by 107576
Interests: molecular mechanisms of cardiac development in mouse and human; genomics of congenital heart disease; cardiac transcription networks; epigenetics of heart development and disease; systems biology approaches
This inaugural issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease (JCDD) is composed of contributions by the presenters at the 2013 Meeting of the Working Group (WG) of Development, Anatomy and Pathology of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). With its first meeting dating back more than 30 years, it can in part be seen as the European counterpart of the Weinstein Meetings, which were primarily initiated by Constance Weinstein for National Institute of Health (NIH) grant holders working on basic cardiovascular science, and where the idea for JCDD was born in spring 2013 at the Tucson Meeting. Over the last years, close collaborations have emerged between both meeting parties and thus the upcoming Weinstein meeting will be held in Europe (Madrid) and joined by the European WG.
The European WG and its meetings are dedicated to advance our understanding of heart development and its pathology from morphogenesis through molecular and cellular biology to genetics. This broad spectrum of knowledge was also presented at the 2013 Meeting and is reflected in the contributions of this inaugural issue. Here, an important aspect is the exchange of knowledge between basic scientists studying a range of model organisms from the fly, through zebrafish and chicken to the mouse and clinicians studying congenital heart defects. This special issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of cardiac growth, progenitor cells, regeneration, developmental biology, cardiovascular evolution, cardiovascular genetics and epigenetics as well as translational research. Moreover, a review paper on the history of the WG is a welcome contribution to this special issue. I am very grateful to the experts who contributed articles or reviews and wish you an interesting and stimulating reading.Prof. Dr. Silke R. Sperling
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