This announcement is to tell you about a FASEB Summer Conference entitled Neural Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Regulation to be held July 18-23, 2010 in Saxton’s River, Vermont. The topic is one that should be of great interest to cardiovascular and neuroscience researchers, and to physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease remains the #1 cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, accounting for 1 death every 38 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Highly regulated neural inputs are critical to maintaining normal cardiovascular system operation. It is widely accepted that dysfunction of the neural control system is a major contributor to the etiology of many cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, neural cardiovascular control mechanisms are often adversely affected by drugs, environmental chemicals, disease, and aging in ways that have very significant consequences for human health. Drugs that specifically target different components of the neural cardiovascular control system have long been a mainstay in the treatment of many cardiovascular (and other) diseases. In recent times exciting new gene- and device-based approaches also are being explored with the goal of modifying the actions of the neural cardiovascular control system for therapeutic ends. This conference will allow leading experts in neural regulation of the cardiovascular system to come together to present their latest research findings; and to hold focused discussions on key progress, knowledge gaps and barriers to understanding that confront the field.

Topics that will be covered at this meeting include:

1. New insights into central cardiorespiratory control using viral vector-mediated gene transfer.

2. Sex differences in autonomic pathways

3. Pregnancy-induced neuronal plasticity

4. Inflammation and cytokines in autonomic regulation

5. Neural organization of autonomic responses to thermal stress

6. Neural mechanisms in obesity and metabolic disease

7. Impact of salt intake and osmolality on autonomic regulation

8. Neural cardiovascular dysfunction and mood disorders

9. Cardiovascular consequences of air pollution from epidemiological, clinical and basic mechanistic perspectives

Poster presentations are scheduled to include additional new information on related topics from meeting attendees. A copy of the full preliminary program can be viewed at:


Please consider attending this important meeting. You can find out additional information and register for the meeting at:


Gregory Fink, Ph.D.
Conference Organizer