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Conference Overview

About Weinstein

The Weinstein Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration Meeting is an annual, freestanding meeting that began from a series of annual meetings in which investigators funded by three separate RFAs on Cardiac Development came together in 1986, 1988, and 1990 under the direction of Constance Weinstein and colleagues at the NHLBI. After the final RFA expired in 1993, there was strong motivation to continue these fruitful and informative meetings in a different and extended format. In 1994, Dr. Roger Markwald organized the first independent meeting at MUSC in Charleston, and one year later, when the meeting was held at the University of Rochester, the meeting was formally named the “Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Conference” (or Weinstein Meeting) to honor Dr. Connie Weinstein upon her retirement from the NIH. In 1996, Dr. Clayton Buck and colleagues hosted the meeting at the University of Pennsylvania. During these first independent conferences, the general meeting organization and governance structure was established that continues today.

Since its inception, the Weinstein meeting has been the premier opportunity for researchers in the field of cardiovascular development to meet and share data and ideas. During this 3-day meeting, basic scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists interact and discuss many diverse aspects related to cardiovascular embryology and its impact on congenital heart disease and adult cardiac dysfunction. Our understanding of how the cardiovascular system develops has grown in direct relationship to expansion of the Weinstein Meeting, and thus its key objectives are to continue to promote a collegiate environment for dissemination and discussion of innovative scientific findings, and encourage interactions and collaborations. Additional, innovative scientific objectives for the 2017 meeting include a focus on cardiovascular tissue engineering.

  • Organization of the Conference

    In order to provide a corporate memory and to maintain quality the conference, the participants of the 1998 meeting voted to form an organizing committee called the “Weinstein Committee”. The makeup of the committee is comprised of representatives from each of the three previous local organizing committees, representatives from the next two proposed meeting sites, and two “At Large” members voted upon by the conference participants. The “At Large” members will serve a three-year term. The charge to the Committee is to assist the local organizing committee with meeting arrangements and organization and to help secure funding.

    In addition, the Committee is charged with soliciting nominations for future meeting sites and hosts. Such nominations will then be brought up for a vote by the attendees during the business meeting. Meeting sites will be selected by vote such that the local organizing committee will have a two-year lead-time. In the event that multi-year funding is sought from the National Institutes of Health or other national sources, the Weinstein Committee will participate in this process.

  • Obligations of the Participants

    One of the most important aspects of the Weinstein Meeting has been the willingness of the participants to share new and unpublished information. This has provided opportunities for the participants to devise new experiments and develop new hypotheses in a collaborative manner. It is expected that all participants will participate in a collegial and ethical manner with respect to information obtained at the Weinstein Meeting. Permission should be obtained before disclosure of another investigator’s unpublished data.

    Similarly, investigators pursuing similar experiments should inform a presenter if the divulged information has a bearing on their own work. All participants in the conference should be willing to share their expertise and reagents in the collective advancement of the area of cardiovascular development.

  • Annual Business Meeting

    Each Weinstein Meeting will include time set aside for a business meeting. At this time participants will vote on future host and meeting site selection and may consider changes in the direction of the conference or its organization. At the 1999 meeting in Tucson, Arizona this Charter was distributed to the participants and ratified. Its provisions commenced at the business meeting of the 1999 Tucson, Arizona Conference. The Charter will remain in effect until modified by a vote of participants at an annual business meeting.

Planning Committee

Vidu Garg, MD
Vidu Garg, MDNationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Joy Lincoln, PhD
Joy Lincoln, PhDNationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Organizing Committee

Christopher Breuer, MD
Christopher Breuer, MD Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Ray Hershberger, MD
Ray Hershberger, MD The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Brenda Lilly, PhD
Brenda Lilly, PhD Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Kim McBride, MD
Kim McBride, MD Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Peter Mohler, PhD
Peter Mohler, PhD The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Anne Moon, MD, PhD
Anne Moon, MD, PhD Geisinger University, Danville, Pennsylvania
Michiko Watanabe, PhD
Michiko Watanabe, PhD Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio


10:00 AM | Registration

01:00 PM | Welcome

01:15 PM | Session 1 – Epicardium, Vascular Development and Disease.

02:55 PM | Coffee Break

03:15 PM | Session 2 – Gene Regulation in Cardiovascular Development

04:55 PM | Coffee Break

05:15 PM | Introduction

05:20 PM | Keynote Lecture I: Dr. Christine Seidman

06:30 PM | Poster Session I – Odd Numbers to Present






07:00 AM | Breakfast

09:00 AM | Session 3 – Cardiovascular Progenitor Cells

10:40 AMCoffee Break

11:00 AM | Session 4 – Second Heart Field and Outflow Tract

12:40 PM | Lunch

01:15 PMTraining Workshop I: “Navigating K99 Awards”

02:30 PM | Session 5 – Cardiovascular Regeneration

04:10 PMCoffee Break

04:30 PM | Session 6 – Conduction System

06:15 PM | Poster Session II – Even Numbers to Present

07:00 AM | Breakfast

08:00 AMBusiness Meeting

09:00 AM | Session 7 – Myocardial Development & Cardiomyopathies

10:40 AMCoffee Break

11:00 AM | Session 8 – Heart Valve Development & Disease

12:40 PM | Lunch

01:15 PMTraining Workshop II: “Lunch and Learn”

02:30 PM | Session 9 – Cardiovascular Genetics

04:10 PMCoffee Break

04:30 PM | Introduction

04:35 PM | Keynote Lecture II: Dr. Simon Hoerstrop

05:35 PM | 2017 Weinstein Meeting

05:45 PMClosing Remarks

06:30 PMFarewell Banquet

Farewell Banquet Dinner – Ivory Room

Saturday, May 6, 2017; 6:30PM

The Ivory Room | 2 Miranova Pl, Columbus, OH 43215

The Farewell Banquet Dinner is free to all registered participants of the Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Meeting.

The cost for guest – $125.00 USD 

Located on the sixth floor of the Miranova Building in Downtown Columbus, The Ivory Room is an urban space with spectacular views of the city and the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers.



Early Registration until Monday, April 3rd

Faculty and Staff: $375.00

Nationwide Children’s Employees, Trainees and Students: $250.00


Late Registration, Tuesday, April 4th

Faculty and Staff: $475.00

Nationwide Children’s Employees, Trainees and Students: $350.00

Your poster size must be no greater than 36″ (H) by 48″ (W)

Keynote Speakers

Christine Seidman, MD
Christine Seidman, MD
Christine Seidman, MD is the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was an undergraduate at Harvard College and received a M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine. After clinical training in Internal Medicine at John Hopkins Hospital she received subspecialty training in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Seidman is a faculty member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she serves as Director of the Brigham Research Institute. She is the founding Director of the BWH Cardiovascular Genetics Center. Dr. Seidman’s laboratory uses genomic strategies to define causes of human cardiovascular disease, including congenital heart malformations and cardiomyopathies. By exploiting model systems to identify pathways impacted by mutations, these studies have enabled gene-based diagnostics and novel strategies to limit the deleterious consequences of human mutations. Dr. Seidman also leads multi-institution consortium that assess rare and common variants involved in cardiovascular phenotypes and that explore the clinical utility of genomic variation in early diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease. The recipient of many honors, Dr. Seidman is a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the Institutes of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.
Simon Hoerstrup, MD
Simon Hoerstrup, MD
Simon P. Hoerstrup, MD, PhD, is a physician and leader in the field tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He is Chair and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Co-Director of the recently founded Wyss Translational Center Zurich in Switzerland. Hoerstrup is also Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Associate Member of the Department of Health Science Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and associate faculty of the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Boston (USA).

His work at the interface of basic science and translational research has resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications and a unique patent portfolio in the field of regenerative medicine. Hoerstrup leads several major scientific international consortia projects funded by the European Commission, the Swiss National Science Foundation, Commission for Technology and Innovation, etc.

Simon Hoerstrup obtained his medical and scientific education in Germany, USA, and Switzerland. He was postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, both Harvard Medical School.
His main research expertise lies in the fields of tissue engineering, cell based therapies and disease modeling.

Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor

Nationwide Children's Hospital - Heart Center
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Heart Center
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Center of Cardiovascular Research
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Center of Cardiovascular Research
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Genomics Institute
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Genomics Institute

Submission of Abstracts


  • Registration is required to submit an abstract.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via this Website only. Abstracts submitted via fax, e-mail or CD-R will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Committee.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published and distributed at the Meeting.
  • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline may not be considered.

Online Submission

Registration is Required to Submit an Abstract

Deadline for Submission is Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.



  • Make abstract title in all upper case
    The title should be brief, indicating the nature of the investigation.
  • Omit degrees, titles, and appointments of authors
    The first author listed should be the presenter at the Meeting.
  • Select the Scientific Category that best fits your abstract: 

    • Environmental Influences on Cardiovascular Development and Disease
    • Vascular Development and Disease
    • Cardiovascular Progenitor Cells
    • Conduction System and Arrhythmias
    • Cardiovascular Regeneration and Tissue Engineering
    • Myocardial Development and Cardiomyopathies
    • Gene Regulation in Cardiovascular Development
    • Heart Valve Development and Disease
    • Cardiovascular Genetics
    • Epicardium and coronary vessel development
    • Other
  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

    • A brief statement of the purpose of the study;
    • A statement of the method(s) of investigation;
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions;
    • The conclusions reached.
      (It is not acceptable to state “The results will be discussed.”)
  • Use standard abbreviations
    Place unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word for the first time it appears. Please keep abbreviated terms to a minimum.
  • Use non-proprietary (Generic) names for drugs
  • Make your abstract concise – it is limited to 300 words, spell out greek letters

Travel & Accomodations

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Hilton Downtown Columbus

The conference will be held the entire three days at the Hilton Downtown Columbus Hotel. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $169 USD + tax for Single or Double Occupancy. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made no later than 5:00 pm EST, April 4, 2017.

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Hilton Columbus Downtown offers a contemporary presence in the eclectic hub of Columbus. Explore our $1 million art collection featuring original works from more than 100 area artists. Our Columbus, OH hotel is within walking distance to over 300 dining and entertainment venues. Take our unique spiral staircase for dining and fitness options. Unwind over dinner and drinks at our Gallerie Bar.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus, you’ll be centrally located in Columbus, steps from Greater Columbus Convention Center and North Market. This hotel is within close proximity of Columbus Children’s Theater and Goodale Park.

Hyatt Regency Columbus

Hyatt Regency Columbus is located near the trendy Short North Arts and Arena District, our downtown Columbus Hotel is the ideal home base for exciting adventures in the capital city of Ohio. You’ll find plenty of interesting things to do in the area around our hotel. Visit the Ohio State University Campus or tour the State of Ohio Capital Building. If you’re traveling for business or an event, we are directly connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and within minutes to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Getting to Columbus

John Glenn Columbus International Airport, located just 15 minutes from the Hilton Downtown Columbus, is served by 10 airlines and their regional affiliates, providing 350 daily arrivals and departures serving 35 destinations on a non-stop basis and hundreds of additional cities on a direct or connecting basis. Major carriers include AirTran, Air Canada Express, American, American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. All ground transportation may be accessed via the terminal walkway or baggage claim levels.

From John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the best mode of transportation is via taxi readily available 24-hours a day at the cab stand outside baggage claim. The 15-minute ride should run around $25 inclusive. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

John Glenn International is served by COTA, Columbus’ public transportation system. COTA AirConnect provides direct bus service between John Glenn International and Downtown Columbus, serving downtown hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. AirConnect is $2.75 each way, and ride passes can be purchased with credit/debit cards at the bus stop just to the right of the taxi station. For more information log on to: http://flycolumbus.com/to-from-port-columbus/public-bus-service/

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