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MEC 2022

Cardiac Mechano-Electric Coupling and Arrhythmias
21-24th September

It has been a great pleasure to welcome you to the 9th International Workshop on Cardiac Mechano-Electric Coupling and Arrhythmias (MEC2022), held from 21-24 September 2022 in Freiburg.

The workshop again attracted over 90 participants and trainees from 13 countries and 4 continents.
In 29 lectures and 6 abstract-selected talks we learned more about new developments, with a focus on the rapidly improving understanding of molecular mechanisms, and their integration at cell, tissue and organ levels, and the latest clinical observations, as well as major technical developments, including time-resolved 3D electron microscopy, super-resolution structure-function mapping in contracting cardiac muscle, and novel high throughput single cell mechanics measurements.
Around 8.5h of discussion time and a dedicated poster session with 52 posters provided ample time for scientific interaction. After a comprehensive review, a poster jury selected 7 trainees for their poster presentations:

Proxime Accessit Awards:
Ana Simon Chica - Stretch-Activated Channels in Cardiac Macrophages –What we Know and What we Don't Know yet
Fazeelat Mazhar - Modelling of Electromechanical Coupling and Mechano-Electric Feedback Effect in Human Atrial Cells
Austin Wellette-Hunsucker - Prior Freezing has Minimal Impact on the Contractile Properties of PermeabilizedHuman Myocardium

First Prize Awards:
Teresa Schiatti - Atrial Tissue Slices: a Biomimetic Model to Investigate Time-Dependent Processes
Ross Bretherton - A p38-MAPK FibroproliferativeResponse is a Central Determinant of Cardiac Remodellingin Inherited Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Joachim Greiner - Reconstruction of Contracting Cardiomyocytes With Nanometer Resolution
Ahmed Ramadan - OptogeneticSuppression of Drug-Induced Early Afterdepolarisationsin the Zebrafish Heart

Congratulations again to the award winners and many thanks to the judges.

We very much look forward to the next edition of MEC in 2025 and hope to welcome you back then.

With my best wishes,
Peter Kohl

Important Dates

Registration & Abstract submission start: 11.05.2022
Registration & Abstract submission end: 01.08.2022
Conference start: 21.09.2022
Conference end: 24.09.2022                                                                  


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Focussed Issue - The Journal of Physiology

We intend to publish a Focussed Issue on the topic of Cardiac Mechano-Electric Cross-Talk in The Journal of Physiology. This will be open to submissions of original research and reviews, and to all investigators within the field, regardless of whether or not they have particpated in the MEC2022 Workshop in Freiburg.

We anticipate a submission deadline by early spring 2023, and publication by the end of 2023.