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Vascular Biomedicine Berlin - From Cellular Networks to Systems Medicine of Vascular Malformations

How vascular cells organize the hierarchical patterns of all our body’s blood and lymph vessels remains one of the most fascinating questions in biology. Failure to balance diameter variations within vessels or prevent aberrant connections between vessels can cause malformations with devastating medical consequences. However, options for clinical diagnosis and treatment are limited. Advances in translational vascular biomedicine are urgently needed to unravel the pathogenesis of such vascular anomalies and identify potential access points for therapeutic intervention.

Organized by the Berlin Center for Translational Vascular Biomedicine and supported by the Leducq Network of Excellence ATTRACT and the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), partner site Berlin, this one-day symposium will provide a scientific forum for researchers and clinicians interested in basic and therapeutic aspects of vascular biomedicine. International experts will present the latest concepts, developments and technologies in vascular biology, covering topics such as cell biology, signaling, metabolism and genetics. Moreover, a poster session and get-together event will offer further opportunities for scientific exchange and collaboration. So if you are a Ph.D. student, postdoc, senior scientist or physician interested in translational vascular biomedicine, please join the symposium.

Please note that registration is free of charge but required.

Abstract deadline: 04 June 2023
Registration deadline: 15 June 2023



Max Delbrück Communication Center (H83), Axon 2
Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
Axon 2
13125 Berlin


Campus Plan


Small changes may occur closer to the event.

09:00    Welcome: Holger Gerhardt & Michael Potente

09:10    talk 1: Metabolic guidance of angiogenesis: principles and mechanisms

              Michael Potente, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, Berlin, Germany

09:55    talk 2: Mechanisms of arterio-venous malformations in mouse models of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

              Anne Eichmann, Yale University, New Haven, USA

10:40    Coffee break     

11:10    DZHK lecture 1: Novel single cell genetics and insights in vascular development

             Rui Benedito, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, Madrid, Spain

12:10    Lunch break

12:50    Poster session 

14:00    talk 3: Mechanisms and potential therapies for brain arteriovenous malformation

              Paul Oh, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, USA

14:45    talk 4: Moyamoya Disease - features of a rare stenoocclusive angiopathy

              Peter Vajkoczy, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

15:30    Coffee break      

15:55    talk 5: Clinical and molecular genetic findings in patients with rare vascular diseases  
             Magdalena Danyel, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

16:40    Break   

16:55    DZHK lecture 2: Impact of PIK3CA mutations in vascular malformations

             Mariona Graupera, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain

17:55    Conclusion of scientific session: Holger Gerhardt & Michael Potente

18:00    walk to the KBH and an open-end reception       

Where to find the venue


Travelling by car

Driving directions and parking

Driving directions

From the city center (Berlin-Mitte)

  • Follow Prenzlauer Promenade outward (which then becomes the A114) in the direction of Autobahn Prenzlau.
  • Take the "Bucher Straße" exit, then turn right at the traffic light onto Hobrechtsfelder Chaussee in the direction of Buch. Continue driving straight for about 4 - 5km.
  • Turn right at the next traffic lights onto Wiltbergstraße. Drive straight for about 2km. Pass under the S-Bahn. After a further 500m Wiltbergstraße bends to the right and merges with Karower Chaussee. Continue along this road for another 500m.
  • Turn left onto Robert-Rössle-Straße, which will take you to Campus Berlin-Buch and the Max Delbrück Center.

From elsewhere

try Google Maps


Weekdays 06:30 - 19:00 max. 3hrs free parking. Additional hours are charged at 1€ per hour.
Evenings, weekends & public holidays: free

Enter by the Gatehouse on Robert-Rössle Strasse and take a ticket at the barrier. Turn right and make your way to the Max Delbrück Center car park (behind building 31). On leaving, if you need to pay for extra hours you can find payment machines (which accept coins, notes, and German EC cards) either by the Gatehouse or by the exit on Lindenberger Weg.

Travelling by public transport

Local connections to the Max Delbrück Center

The Max Delbrück Center can be reached by public transport via the S-Bahn to “Berlin-Buch”, then by bus to the campus.

Getting to Berlin-Buch

S-Bahn: line S2, direction “Bernau” or “Buch”

From S-Bahn station Buch to the Max Delbrück Center

Bus: number 353, "Campus Buch"
On foot: a 15-20min walk
Taxi: costs around 6€. Taxi rank outside S-Bahn station

Map of public transport connections from Berlin-Buch to the Max Delbrück Center


Journey planners by BVG and Deutsche Bahn

For full details of connections to the Max Delbrück Center
BVG journeyplanner (enter your final destination as "Campus Buch (Berlin)")

New to Berlin? New to Germany?

Download our handy guide to the public transport system in Berlin full of very practical advice to get you here (courtesy of the Rajewsky group). N.B. it hasn't been updated in a while - prices may have risen!
How to get to the Max Delbrück Center: a practical guide



Paulina Wakula
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
13125 Berlin

E-Mail: Paulina.Wakula@mdc-berlin.de


Holger Gerhardt                                          &                                  Michael Potente