The year in basic vascular biology research: from mechanoreceptors and neutrophil extracellular traps to smartphone data and omics

P. Evans*, J. Wojta*, I.E. Hoefer, J. Waltenberger, T. Guzik, L. Badimon, C. Weber, Council of Basic Cardiovascular Science

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2020 has been an extraordinary year. The emergence of COVID-19 has driven urgent research in pulmonary and cardiovascular science and other fields. It has also shaped the way that we work with many experimental laboratories shutting down for several months, while bioinformatics approaches and other large data projects have gained prominence. Despite these setbacks, vascular biology research is stronger than ever. On behalf of the European Society of Cardiology Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (ESC CBCS), here we review some of the vascular biology research highlights for 2020. This review is not exhaustive and there are many outstanding vascular biology publications that we were unable to cite due to page limits. Notwithstanding this, we have provided a snapshot of vascular biology research excellence in 2020 and identify topics that are in the ascendency and likely to gain prominence in coming years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1814-1822
Number of pages9
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Mechanoreceptors
  • NETs
  • Omics
  • Smartphone data
  • Vascular biology
  • COVID-19

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