The Special Interest Group (SIG) within Vascular Physiology integrates more than 30 individual participating laboratories from 12 Universities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. This network involves both clinical and experimental research laboratories in the area of Vascular Physiology. Vascular Physiology historically belongs to one of the most significant specialties within physiological sciences in Scandinavian countries and is nowadays a topic for intense high-profile research in a number of Scandinavian research laboratories and universities. The research area spans from studies of the role of membrane transport in vascular cell function to involvement for vascular structure and function in different pathologies. The major focuses are:
1) membrane transport in endothelial and smooth muscle cells
2) the regulation of contractile function of smooth muscle
3) endothelial control of vascular tone
4) structure and function of small and large arteries
5) vascular structural changes in association with different pathologies and aging
6) genetic and molecular background for vascular abnormalities
The purpose of a SIG within Vascular Physiology is to stimulate the scientific interaction between different research groups and promote vascular research in Scandinavia.
The steering committee of the SIG includes
- Vladimir V. Matchkov, Aarhus University
- Charlotte Mehlin Sørensen, University of Copenhagen
- Thomas Andrew Jepps, University of Copenhagen
- Karl Swärd, Lund University
- Holger Nilsson, University of Gothenburg
The activity of the suggested SIG is dedicated to organizing symposia and satellite meetings in association with the Scandinavian Physiological Society meeting. The SIG attempts to attract maximal attention to these scientific events within and outside the society.
The SIG holds annual one-day symposiums every year since year 2015 and organizes vascular pre-meetings in connection with Europhysiology meetings, a successful series of meetings organized by the Physiological Society, the Scandinavian Physiological Society, the German Physiological Society and the Federation of European Physiological Societies.