Presentation FCVB 12 Aprile 2024


The ULEI team participated at the European Society of Cardiology:  Frontiers in CardioVascular Biomedicine 2024 Congress held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 12th– 14th of April 2024.

The ULEI team includes Assoc. Prof. Amanda Foks, Prof. Ilze Bot and the PhD candidate Jill de Mol (photo on the right).

Amanda Foks invited talk was entitled “Age-associated B cell immunity in atherosclerosis”

European symposium on controlled drug delivery


B-specific PI, Assoc. Prof. Bram Slütter was invited to the European Symposium of Controlled Drug Delivery, held between 10th  to 12th April at Egmond aan Zee, Netherland. His talk was entitled ‘Platforms for Induction of Antigen Specific Tolerance in Cardiovascular Disease’.

"A crown per heartbeat" in Sweden


On March 14th, Samuel Andersson from the ULUND team spoke at an event called “en krona per hjärtslag” (“a crown per heartbeat”) in Helsingborg, Sweden. The public event organized by high school students from Johannes Hedberggymnasiet, aimed to raise funds for cardiovascular research by collecting as many Swedish crowns as there are heartbeats in 2 hours (duration of the event).

In his talk entitled “Hjärt-kärlsjukdomar och forskning – en kort historia” (“Cardiovascular diseases and research – a short story”), Samuel discussed the history of cardiovascular research and immunology introducing his PhD research, focusing on studying B cells and their role in atherosclerosis.

Samuel emphasized how the activities at ULUND have contributed to cardiovascular research through SCAPIS, FIMCOD, and other studies that have led to compounds being tested in clinical trials. Overall, the event was a great success, surpassing the original fundraising goal by almost three times.

Photo by Rickard Lindblom

B-specific Coordinator was invited to three important scientific events


B-specific coordinator Assoc. Prof. Amanda Foks was invited to three important scientific events during February and March 2024, in which she presented data on age-associated immunity, particularly ABCs, in atherosclerosis, including pathophysiology and potential targets for therapy.

She gave talks at

Vascular Medicine and Atherosclerosis Congress 2024, Augsburg, Germany on the 23rd of February;

Danish Academy Winter Meeting 2024, Norefjell, Norway on 29th of February;

Dutch German Joint Meeting of the Molecular Cardiology Working Groups, UMC Groningen, Netherlands on the 15th if March.

Presentation Young PI meeting


The Young Cardiovascular PI meeting took place on the 24th of January 2024 at Bergeijk, Netherlands. The meeting was attended by B-specific coordinator Assoc. Prof. Amanda Foks (invited) and PhD candidate Jill de Mol. Amanda and Jill presented research on single-cell profiling of age-associated B-cell immunity in atherosclerosis.

News about the B-specific project at the ULEI website

News about the B-specific project at the ULEI website

Preventing heart attacks by earlier detection of cardiovascular disease

Visit from Harteraad


On the 30th of November 2023 Prof. Ilze Bot organized an event at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) (Leiden University, The Netherlands) inviting the representatives of Harteraad (Dutch patient organization) which represents the interests of about 1.7 million people with cardiovascular disease.

The event included a site visit, presentations, and lab tour. Besides Prof. Ilze Bot, Assoc. Profs. Amanda Foks and Bram Slütter actively participated in the meeting and presented their research.

The title of the presentation introducing the B-specific project was ‘Het verouderde afweersysteem in slagaderverkalking: een nieuwe biomarker of behandeling?’ (English translation: The aged immune system in atherosclerosis: a new biomarker or treatment?)

Kick Off Meeting 2023

23rd October 2023

Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73

Leiden - Netherlands