3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium

Below is a message from Neil Eves and Phil Ainslie, regarding the 3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium. Make sure to attend !

Dear friends and colleagues

We are happy to announce the 3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium being held by the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at the Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada (15-17th March 2018).

The Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium is a small conference, held biennially, with the content covering a range of research in human cardio-respiratory and vascular physiology.  The initial two meetings were a considerable success with a lot of very high calibre presentations from renowned physiologists as well as emerging scientists and trainees.

The primary focus of the conference is on student development and the promotion of excellence in integrative physiology.  We have again invited some of the world’s most eminent cardiovascular and respiratory physiologists to give keynotes (Keynote speakers: Prof. Michael Joyner, Prof. Benjamin Levine and Prof. Susan Hopkins), to lead symposiums (Prof. Kevin Shoemaker, Prof. Maureen MacDonald, Prof. Rob Shave, Prof. Bill Sheel and Dr. Chris West) but also encourage trainees and scientists of all levels to submit their work to initiate discussion and get feedback in what we hope is a relatively informal scientific environment.

The preliminary program and information on registration, abstract submission and hotel bookings will be released in the near future but we ask you keep the dates available if you are interested in attending.

Please pass this email on to your trainees and any other individuals who may be interested in attending. We hope that you can join us in British Columbia in March next year.


Neil, Phil, Nia and Audrey (Organizing Committee) 




Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #92

Nitric oxide and the brain

483. Nitrite and S-nitrosohemoglobin exchange across the human cerebral and femoral circulation; relationship to basal and exercise blood flow responses to hypoxia – Bailey et al.

Sympathetic nervous activity and the brain

484. Interruption of perivascular sympathetic nerves of cerebral arteries offers neuroprotection against schema – Lee et al.

Heart failure and the brain

485. Dynamics of cerebral blood flow in patients with mild non-ischaemic heart failure – Erkelens et al. 

Methodological issues

486. Middle cerebral artery diameter changes during rhythmic handgrip exercise in humans – Verbree et al. 

Cerebral blood flow measurements

487. Thermodilution-determined internal jugular venous flow – Rasmussen et al.

Experimental Biology 2017 – Exercise Intolerance in Metabolic, Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Diseases: Did We Forget the Brain?

Are you interested in cerebral blood flow regulation during exercise in clinical populations? Are your attending Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago?

Make sure to mark our Symposium in your calendar !

Below are the details !

Exercise Intolerance in Metabolic, Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Diseases: Did We Forget the Brain?

Hope to see you there !


39th International Symposium of the GRSNC Dementia and cognition: A vascular perspective

You will find some information regarding a Symposium that we have organized.

Looking forward to seeing you there !

39th International Symposium of the GRSNCDementia and cognition: A vascular perspective

May 8-9, 2017
Université de Montréal



WEBSITE: http://www.grsnc.umontreal.ca/39s/
PROGRAM: http://www.grsnc.umontreal.ca/39s/prog_e.html
REGISTRATION: https://appl.grsnc.umontreal.ca/en/symposium/39s/registration.cfm
POSTER: http://www.grsnc.umontreal.ca/39s/39s_poster.pdf

We are pleased to announce the 39th symposium of the Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (GRSNC) which is entitled “Dementia and cognition: A vascular perspective”.

This symposium will be held on May 8-9, 2017 at the Université de Montréal, Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant, room B-2245 and the organizers are Drs Patrice Brassard (Laval), Claudine Gauthier (Concordia), Hélène Girouard (UdeM), Florencia Iulita (UdeM) and Lisa Marie Munter (McGill).

Research on dementia and cognition has experienced a rapid growth in the last 20 years. It addresses a great diversity of questions and scientific approaches, ranging from animals to humans. In this symposium, we will discuss cutting-edge research on dementia and cognition from a vascular point of view, reviewing the progress that has been made and addressing the central open questions facing this rapidly developing field. In planning the sessions, we have paid particular attention to issues that stretch from the most basic neuroscience all the way to clinical applications. We will highlight converging evidence from the full range of neuroscientific methods applied in this field, considered within a diversity of conceptual frameworks. There will be four sessions of presentations by invited speakers from around the world as well as two contributed poster sessions.

The presentations are regrouped in for sessions:
Biomarkers and vascular risk factors in dementia (Chairperson: Lisa Marie Munter)
· Cerebrovascular functions and dementia: back to basics (Modérateur: Patrice Brassard)
· The continuum from stroke to Alzheimer’s disease (Modératrice: Florencia Iulita)
Prevention, rehabilitation and traitement of vascular dementia (Modératrice: Hélène Girouard)

Lecturers: Philip Ainslie, Philip A. Barber, Steffany Bennett, Patrice Brassard, Philip B. Gorelick, Vladimir Hachinski, Edith Hamel, Richard Hoge, Florencia Iulita, Rajesh N. Kalaria, Amanda J. Kiliaan, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, JoAnne McLaurin, Joel Ramirez, Gary A. Rosenberg, Eric Edward Smith, Bojana Stefanovic, Takashi Tarumi and Donna M. Wilcock.

Submissions are invited for poster presentations. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

Upcoming CARNet meeting

The sixth international meeting on Cerebral Haemodynamic Regulation (CARNet meeting), will be held between June 28th and July 2nd, 2016 in Boston, USA, in association with the 16th International Symposium on Intracranial Pressure and Neuromonitoring.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it this year. Still, this meeting should be an amazing one for those interested in the blood pressure-cerebral blood flow relationship and more generally to cerebrovascular physiology.

Make sure to attend if you can !

Hello again !

Hey guys ! It has been a REALLY long time ! But I think that it is now the right moment to reactivate this blog, now that I know a lot more people online who are interested in cerebrovascular physiology. I will take the next few weeks to adjust but come say hello !

chat soon !


2nd Cardiovascular Ultrasound Summer School – UBC-Okanagan

Below is a message from Phil Ainslie regarding an amazing opportunity to learn about cardiovascular ultrasound. A link to the program appears at the end of this post:

Dear Colleagues

We still have a few places remaining on our Cardiovascular Ultrasound Summer School being held by the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus, Canada (July 13 – 17, 2015) and have extended the registration deadline to May 31st 2015.

This course is aimed at students, researchers and academics wishing to develop vascular, cardiac and/or cerebrovascular ultrasound skills in the context of health and exercise sciences research.

UBC-Okanagan is set in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley which is a diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful lakes, vineyards, orchards and golf courses. Each day concludes with a social event including golf, climbing and wine tasting. There will also be a dinner reception on lake Okanagan for all participants at the end of the course. We hope these social gatherings will create a vibrant and collegial environment for workshop participants to interact with international experts and to encourage informal scientific discourse and long-lasting international collaborations. Please consider attending or sending some of your trainees / fellows.

Please see attached program inclusive of important information and online payment details.  For more information, please also visit our website:  http://chlvh.ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further details.

Yours sincerely

Phil Ainslie

Link to the program: 2nd Cardiovascaulr Ultrasound Summer School 2015

Updated Cerebrovascular Physiology Links – 17/12/2014

I have updated the Cerebrovascular Physiology Links. You will now see a link to the lab of Dr Hélène Girouard from Université de Montréal. Her research interests are related to cerebrovascular pharmacology, neurovascular coupling and interactions between astrocytes and blood vessels.

In addition, I have added a new section entitled “Theses”, where you will find MSc/PhD theses discussing cerebrovacular physiology related issues. If you would like to have your thesis added to this new section, just let me know !

Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #91

Migraine and brain blood flow

472- Migraine and cerebral blood flow in the general population – Loehrer et al.

Orthostatic hypotension and the brain

473- Influence of nocturnal and daytime sleep on initial orthostatic hypotension – Lewis et al.

Cerebrovascular regulation

474- Rapid pressure-to-flow dynamics of cerebral autoregulation induced by instantaneous changes of arterial CO2 – Liu et al.

475- Relationship Between Cerebral Blood Flow and Blood Pressure in Long-Term Heart Transplant Recipients – Smirl et al.

476- Cerebral autoregulation is minimally influenced by the superior cervical ganglion in two- week-old lambs, and absent in preterm lambs immediately following delivery – Czynski et al.

Exercise/fitness and the brain

477- Effects of interval training on cognitive functioning and cerebral oxygenation in obese patients: A pilot study – Drigny et al.

478- Improved cerebral oxygenation response and executive performance as a function of cardiorespiratory fitness in older women: a fNIRS study – Albinet et al.

LVAD and the brain

479- Effect of pulsatile and nonpulsatile flow on cerebral perfusion in patients with left ventricular assist devices – Cornwell et al.

Diabetes and the brain

480- Cerebral perfusion in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes – Rusinek et al.

Nitrate and the brain

481- Dietary nitrate facilitates an acetazolamide-induced increase in cerebral blood flow during visual stimulation – Aamand et al.

Cerebrovascular reactivity

482- Factors affecting the determination of cerebrovascular reactivity – Regan et al.