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EMBO Workshop

Vascular malformations: From fundamental biology to therapeutic opportunities

06 – 08 October 2021 | Badalona, Spain

  • Hybrid event icon
    Hybrid event
  • Registration Deadline
  • 29 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 September 2021
  • Chosen participants will be notified by
  • 15 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 4 October 2021

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About the Workshop

Vascular malformations are a group of diseases that affect a large population world-wide, most of them children, with no effective curative therapy. Vascular malformations are localized collections of vessels that are abnormal in structure or number, and lead to perturbed blood flow. They are classified as capillary, venous, lymphatic, and arteriovenous malformations. Most are present from birth (congenital) and develop throughout the lifetime of affected individuals, worsening throughout life. Vascular malformations can appear as isolated vascular lesions or as part of complex genetic syndromes (PROS, Sturge-Weber, or PHTS, among others). The majority of patients are currently treated by invasive procedures to debulk or thrombose the vascular lesions. These procedures carry major risks of severe complications, including bleeding, infection and thrombosis; they are not fully effective, and usually allow or even encourage the VMs to recur. With the advent of next generation sequencing, the genetic causes of VMs are emerging. However, the applicability of this knowledge into targeted therapies for these patients stills needs to be met. This is partially due to the little understanding of the pathogenic biology behind these lesions. The aim of this workshop is to bring together established and junior fundamental scientists and clinicians interested on vascular malformations. We aim to create breakthroughs and critical discussion in defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms of vascular malformations towards the understanding and modelling of their pathogenesis. This will impact the way patients are managed, from diagnose to treatment, thanks to the participation of decision-maker clinicians. The program includes renowned experts from different types of vascular malformations (capillary, venous, arteriovenous and lymphatic vascular malformations) and from different life science areas (genetics, cellular biology, cellular transduction, life-imaging, and mouse and zebrafish modelling, among others) as well as clinical experts.

Session topics

  • New Genetic Events in Vascular Malformations
  • Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms in the Pathogenesis of Vascular Malformations
  • Modelling Vascular Malformations
  • Targeted Therapies for Vascular Malformations

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 29 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 September 2021
  • Chosen participants will be notified by
  • 15 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 4 October 2021


  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 100
  • INDUSTRY (virtual) EUR 500

Registration for in-person participation includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks and lunch during the conference
  • Two dinners
  • A sociocultural activity
  • Shuttle buses to and from Badalona to the venue

Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Registration for virtual participation includes:

  • Access to all conferences and poster sessions


Payment can be made through bank transfer or credit card.

Selected participants will be notified by e-mail by 15th September and redirected to a website dedicated for the payment. Payment is required by 22th September.

Selection criteria

Due to current circumstances, we can accept only a limited number of participants to join us in person and the large majority of participants will be asked to choose the virtual option.

Participants will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts. The selection criteria will consider research excellence, and novelty science as the main criteria and will ensure slots for young researchers. The selection process will promote gender balance.

Abstract guidelines

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. Please limit your abstract text to a maximum of 200 words.

Some abstracts will be selected for the online poster session and some for short talks. Please indicate on the abstract submission form if you wish to be considered for one of the short talks by choosing "oral presentation".

Poster specifications

Two type of poster sessions have been planned:

Sessions of pre-recorded poster presentations:
All participants will provide a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation that will be broadcast during the recorded poster sessions. Poster videos will also be available for viewing by registrants during the entire time of the meeting through the on-line platform. Pre-recorded poster presentations should be maximum 5 minutes long.
Online poster session:
Selected poster presenters will be asked to prepare a maximum of 5 slides for a 3-minute short presentation, and attendants to the virtual session will have time for questions. Abstracts selected for the virtual poster session will be nominated on the basis of their scientific relevance and quality. Results will be announced on 28 September.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Institut de Recerca contra la Leucèmia Josep Carreras

Ctra de Can Ruti, Camí de les Escoles s/n

08916 Badalona, Barcelona


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Organizers and invited speakers attending the workshop in person will be lodged at the Hotel Miramar. Transportation to and from the venue will be organised daily from Hotel Miramar.

For participants we recommend these two options in Badalona or any accommodation in Barcelona or Badalona close to Metro line L2.

Hotel Miramar Badalona
Carrer Santa Madrona, 60
Badalona, Barcelona (Spain)

A few additional rooms will be pre-reserved for participants (mention the Carreras Institute when booking). Rooms between €90-€150.

Be Dream Hostel
Ave. Alfonso XIII – 28 B
08912 Badalona, Barcelona (Spain)
Tel:(+34) 93 399 14 20

Individual rooms €39, double rooms €64.


How to get from the Airport to Badalona by Public Transport

  • TAXI: The journey from the Airport to Badalona takes 30-40 minutes. Taxi Fares: maximum €50
  • TRAIN: Take R2 direction Barcelona and stop at Clot-Aragó and change to R1 direction Blanes or Mataró, stop at Badalona station
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