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EMBO Workshop

Vascular malformations: From fundamental biology to therapeutic opportunities

01 – 03 April 2020 | Barcelona, Spain

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to November 16-18, 2020 in Barcelona due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 19 October 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 19 October 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 November 2020

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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 still needs to be met. This is partially due to the poor 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 in 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-making 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






  • Registration Deadline
  • 19 October 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 19 October 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 November 2020



Registration includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks and lunch during the conference
  • Gala dinner

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


Participants will pay by credit card with a virtual payment plaform

Selection criteria

The participants will be selected on the basis of nationality eligibility criteria and prioritizing attendees from different laboratories. Taking this into account, attendees will be selected on the basis of registration time. The selection process will promote gender balance considering scientific excellence as the main criteria and will ensure space allocated for young researchers.

Abstract guidelines

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.

When submitting your abstract you can also apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline

Poster specifications

Your poster must be portrait A0 (841 x 1189 mm) in size

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.



Caixa Forum Barcelona

Av. Francesc Ferrer I Guàrdia, 6-8,

08038 Barcelona


There are many hotels near the CaixaForum. Please make your own booking, but bear in mind that April is high season for conventions in Barcelona and hotels will be fully booked soon.

Here we suggest a few options:

Hotel Azul Barcelona, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 327
Bookings via Acta Hotels with the booking code ACTA15 will get a 10-20% discount.

Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Pl. Espanya, 6-8
Contact by email: Rooms from €230.

Onix Fira, C/ Llançà, 30
Contact by email: Rooms from €90.

BCN Montjuïc Apartments, Carrer Sant Fructuós, 64-74
Contact by email: Apartments for 2 or 3 people from €150, breakfast included.

Hotel Brick, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 304
Contact by email:, rooms from €136.


How to get from the Airport to Plaça Espanya by Public Transport

TAXI: The journey from the Airport to Plaça Espanya takes 20-30 minutes. Taxi Fares: 30-35€


Aerobus: Aerobus - Barcelona Airport express bus. Single ticket: €5.90

Urban TMB Line: 46. Barcelona Airport bus options to Barcelona city centre. Single ticket: €2.20

METRO: Take L9 and change to the red line 1 (at Torrassa stop). Stop at Espanya. Open map

Public transport stops near CaixaForum

Metro: Line 1 (red) and 3 (green), stop: Espanya

Bus: bus 13 and 150 stop in front of the CaixaForum, and lines 9, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109 y 165, D20, D40, H12, H16, V7, L72, L80, L81, L86, L87, and L95 stop at Plaça Espanya

Bicing: Gran Via – Pl. d’Espanya (station nº 96); Rius i Taulet (station nº 237)

FGC: lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5 y R6, stop at Espanya

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