2019 Thick Tissue Vascularization
Road-Mapping Workshop

NASA Ames Research Center


The Vascularization Road-Mapping Workshop gathers leaders from diverse fields to discuss specific challenges and potential solutions related to solving the hurdle of thick-tissue vascularization. The workshop is part of the New Organ Alliance’s series of events defining a Bio-engineering Road-map to Ending the Organ Shortage. It is hosted in partnership with NASA's Ames Research Center, NASA's Centennial Challenges Program, and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

The Summit is a participatory program with presentations on state-of-the-art research. We will hear from Vascular Tissue Challenge teams who are leading the way in specifically tackling this hurdle, as well as from potential enabling technologies that may help accelerate the research. 

We will also host a series of round-table discussion sessions specifically addressing each of the sub-challenge topics in vascularization that have been identified in the road-map. All participants will be engaged in detailed conversations to identify and refine the sub-challenges, enabling technologies, and potential solutions towards solving thick-tissue vascularization and helping accelerate an end to the organ shortage.

Due to the government shutdown, this workshop has had to be rescheduled for a later date. Registration will be coming soon.


Day 1

The workshop will open with an evening reception and welcoming panel discussion.

Day 2

A full day program will involve informative presentations on state of the art research related to solving thick-tissue vascularization. It will also have a series of round-table discussions to refine the road-map items related to this topic.

Day 3

The final day of the program will host a morning session on future collaborations, opportunities, and enabling technologies. The program will conclude by noon to accommodate return travel schedules.