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In fond memory of Paul M. Vanhoutte, founder of the MOVD symposia

MOVD 2021

14th International Symposium on Mechanisms of VasoDilatation

Hong Kong
November 26-29, 2021
Venue: 1/F, Board Room, Faculty Administration Wing, Faculty of Medicine Building, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China.
Registration & Abstract submission start, September 1, 2020

Supported by :  

The State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacy, The University of Hong Kong

Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Pharmacology Society

The Conference

14th International Symposium on Mechanisms of VasoDilatation
Three Days of Talks

Since the first meeting [July 10-12, 1977] in Wilrijk, Belgium, the symposia on Mechanisms Of VasoDilatation (MOVD) have been held around the world for over 40 years. Paul M Vanhoutte played a major role in organizing the past symposia and gathering the skilled investigators to discuss the mechanisms by which blood vessel dilate, in particular the various factors involved in the relaxation of vascular smooth muscle. During the 4th MOVD [July 10-12, 1986] held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr Robert F. Furchgott and Dr Louis J. Ignarro independently announced that EDRF (endothelium-derived relaxing factor) was nitric oxide.

The last MOVD meeting [May 20-22, 2019] took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as a joint meeting with the symposia of Endothelium-Dependent Hyperpolarization (MOVD/EDH2019). To continue the long tradition in honour of Paul M Vanhoutte, the next MOVD will be held in Hong Kong, under the name MOVD2021. The organizing committee consists of the local members, Yu Wang (Chair), Susan WS Leung and Yu Huang, and the international steering members, A.H. Jan Danser, Jo G.R. De Mey and Robert Widdop.


We look forward to welcoming you all to Hong Kong in 2021!



Advisory Board:

Anthony Heagerty (UK)
Christian Aalkjaer (Denmark)
Hiroaki Shimokawa (Japan)
Nanping Wang (China)
R. Clinton Webb (USA)
Stefan Chlopicki (Poland)
Thomas Lüscher (Switzerland)
Ulf Simonsen (Denmark)




Scientific Advisory Committee:


Chair: Aimin Xu (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Members: Chao-Yu Miao (China); Chin-Chen Wu (Taiwan); Chris Garland (UK); Chris Triggle (Qatar); Claire Peppiatt-Wildman (UK); Cor de Wit (Germany); Dharmani Devi Murugan (Malaysia); Éric Honore (France); Eric Thorin (Canada); Gregory James Dusting (Australia); Huige Li (Germany); Kim Dora (UK); Kimi Kimori (Japan); Ludovit Paulis (Slovak Republic); Luisa Bendhack (Brazil); Manuel Navedo (USA); Mark W. Chapleau (USA); Ming-Hui Zhou (USA); Morley D. Hollenberg (Canada); Morten Schak Nielsen (Denmark); Nancy Kanagy (USA); Nicholas Flavahan (USA); Pooneh Bagher (USA); Ralf Brandes (Germany); Rhian M. Touyz (UK); Steven S. Segal (USA); Swapnil Sonkusare (USA); Takeshi Adachi (Japan); Ulrich Pohl (Germany); Valerie Shini-Kerth (France); Xiaoliang Wang (China)









With the agreement of previous participants, from now on, MOVD will include EDH and all other mechanisms of vasodilatation. Topics of MOVD2021 include

  • Endothelium

  • Smooth muscle regulation

  • Cell-cell communications

  • Vascular Ageing

  • Perivascular adipose tissue

  • Novel vasodilators

Named lectures

  • Robert F. Furchgott Lecture

  • John T. Shepherd Lecture

  • Björn Folkow Lecture

  • David F. Bohr Lecture

  • Paul M. Vanhoutte Lecture

  • Tudor Griffith Lecture

Programme (Click to view)

The Conference
Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee


Professor Yu Huang

Department of Biomedical Sciences

City University of Hong Kong,

Hong Kong, China

Professor Yu Wang

Professor Yu Wang

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Hong Kong, China


Dr. Susan W.S. Leung

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine 

Hong Kong, China

Robert Widdopfessor

Professor Robert Widdop

Department of Pharmacology
Monash University, Australia


Professor Jo De Mey

Department of Cardiovascular and Renal Research
University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark


Professor Jan Danser

Department of Pharmacology
Erasmus MC
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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