2018 Meeting

The 2018 NVBF will be held at the University of Bradford on Monday 10th December. The conference programme will take place within the Norcroft Auditorium, and poster sessions and exhibitors will be in the Norcroft Lounge.


9:30 Registration, Refreshments, Posters and Exhibitors
10:30 Housekeeping

Welcome from Prof Alastair Goldman, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford

10:45 Session 1

Chairs: Pete Angell (Liverpool Hope University) and Sophie Saxton (University of Manchester) 

10:45-11:15 O01: MT Nasim (University of Bradford) – Therapeutic resolution of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
11:15-11:30 O02: N Edwards (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Stratification of cardiovascular risk in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus using algorithmic tools and novel biomarkers
11:30-11:45 O03: A Andrews (Sheffield Hallam University) – Strain dependent induction of platelet aggregation and activation by Porphyromonas gingivalis
11:45-12:00 O04: HA Davies (University of Liverpool) – Aortic amyloid in thoracic aortic aneurysm
12:00-13:30 Lunch, Posters and Exhibitors
Session 2

Chairs: Angel Armesilla (University of Wolverhampton) and Liliana Shalamanova (Manchester Metropolitan University)

13:30-14:00 O05 S Francis (University of Sheffield) – Back to the future? – inhibition of interleukin-1 in coronary artery disease
14:00-14:15 O06 G Durham (University of Bradford) – Prostanoid-mediated inhibition of IL-6 trans-signalling in pulmonary arterial hypertension: A role for “suppressor of cytokine 3” (SOCS3)?
14:15-14:30 O07 HAT Pritchard (University of Manchester) – Junctophilin-2 supports functional coupling between type 2 ryanodine receptors and BK channels in vascular smooth muscle cells (HAT Pritchard Manchester)
14:30-15:00 O08 AL Armesilla (University of Wolverhampton) – Plasma membrane Calcium ATPase 4 protein as a regulator of intracellular signaling in endothelial cells
Refreshments, Posters and Exhibitors
Session 3

Chairs: Lauren Bateman (Sheffield Hallam University) and Fiona Wilkinson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

15:30-16:00 O09 T Tropea (University of Manchester) – The effect of nitrite on the regulation of the uteroplacental vasculature
16:00-16:15 O10 SD Thomas (Liverpool John Moores University) – Effects of age and exercise on skin microvascular function
16:15-16:30 O11 K Chhabria (University of Sheffield) – Sodium nitroprusside prevents glucose-induced impairment of cerebrovascular development and neurovascular coupling in zebrafish
16:30-17:00 O12 Y Alexander (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Precision medicine: knocking on the door of cardiovascular disease
17:00-17:15 Prize-giving and Closing Remarks



We are very grateful to the British Heart Foundation and the Biochemical Society for supporting this meeting. If you are a student member of the Biochemical Society, please consider applying for a Biochemical Society Student Bursary to support your attendance at this meeting.

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We are very grateful to our commercial sponsors including Fisher Scientific, GeneFlow, Nikon, PCR Biosystems, PromoCell, Starlab and World Precision Instruments.

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Getting here

The Norcroft Centre is on our City Centre campus. It is a 20 minute walk from Bradford Interchange (the main train station servicing Bradford), or can also be accessed by getting the 576 bus from Stand G in the Interchange (for approx. 3 stops).

Route to Norcroft