The 2015 NIH Lymphatic Symposium “The Third Circulation: Lymphatics as Regulators in Health and Diseases” was a great time for me to catch up with the most important topics in lymphatic biology.
Especially, many lectures and active interactions with other researchers specializing in animal models for lymphatic biology were immensely helpful for me because I could directly apply their knowledge and ideas to my lymphatic vessel-on-chip model system, which could recapitulate some of the important aspects of lymphatic biology in microfluidics platforms in vitro. This on-chip model allows me to test lymphatic vessel permeability, mass transport, interactions with other cell types, such as tumor cells and immune cells. As this model is not restricted in certain organs or conditions, additional discussions for lymphatic vessels in the brain and the heart were mostly inspiring for expanding the application.
I thank the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) for giving me the opportunity to receive the LE&RN Travel Award 2015, facilitating my attendance of this wonderful conference.