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FCVB poster award for Klaus Neef

The poster was presented during the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology (FCVB) congress held in Vienna 19-22 April 2018 https://www.escardio.org/Congresses-%26-Events/Frontiers-in-Cardiovascular-Biology . It is the annual basic cardiovascular science meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and considered a relevant exchange platforms for basic and translational cardiovascular biology. This year around 600 researchers from 40 countries were present.

A Best Poster Award was given to Klaus Neef for research on a protein called FSTL1, which is present in the heart, but apparently regulated in a way not optimally for protecting the heart from damage, for example from a myocardial infarction. The research was performed collaboratively by Experimental Cardiology and Cardiology groups in the Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht (RMCU) and used cardiac cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells to model damaged heart muscle and investigate new ways of treatment using specifically modified (glycosylated) variants of FSTL1 protein.