Vascular Physiology

Special Interest

Vascular Physiology integrates research all within the vascular wall, from cellular to organ level and the physiological integration of the vascular network within the cardiovascular system.

Objectives and Vision

Just like the vascular network of the body, this special interest group strives to connect and build networks of vascular research groups, thereby allowing us to promote vascular research.

The vasculature connects all the organs in the body to a continuous supply of oxygen and nutrients, as well as acting as the waste removal service for these organs. With changing metabolic demands of different organs, the vasculature needs to be able to adapt and respond to a huge plethora of signals whilst contributing to the overall maintenance of haemodynamic stability in the body. As such, Vascular Physiology strives to understand how the different cells in the vascular wall communicate with each other and regulate the dynamic contractile activity of blood vessels under different physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Furthermore, different organs have different demands and the vasculature within these organs is adapted to meet these demands. As such, Vascular Physiology is particularly interested in unravelling how different vascular beds compare to one another in order to meet the specific demands of the organ they are supplying; for example how does the autoregulation of the cerebral circulation compare to that of the skeletal muscle and renal circulation.

Position in Nordic 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.

Steering Group

The steering committee of the SIG includes

  • Thomas Andrew Jepps, University of Copenhagen
  • Charlotte Mehlin Sørensen, University of Copenhagen
  • Karl Swärd, Lund University


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