Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Angiogenesis Network (ANGIONET)
Funded by the EPSRC

The Interdisciplinary Angiogenesis Network aims:

Summary: A capillary plexus within skeletal muscle muscle of a mouseAngiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels are formed, and it plays a major role in normal development and a number of medical conditions such as cancer, vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and impaired wound healing. However, our understanding of angiogenesis is critically retarded by its inherent complexity and consequent recalcitrance to the application of standard biological methodologies. An Angiogenesis Network will bring together a number of internationally renowned researchers from multiple disciplines within biology, medicine, engineering, and the physical sciences. This group activity will enhance the development of innovative techniques that could not be achieved in isolation. A truly interdisciplinary network devoted to the study of angiogenesis will engage life scientists, clinicians, engineers and physical scientists in developing new approaches and methodologies to improve our understanding of angiogenesis in a variety of contexts, including normal development, wound healing, tumour growth, and tissue engineering.

The Network will establish and maintain a multi-disciplinary research consortium interested in determining the mechanisms controlling new blood vessel formation. A series of workshops will allow for the presentation of frontier research, encourage extensive discussion, generate important new projects and techniques, and promote a sense of community. In addition, the Network will embody an openness to new ideas and concepts, and to input from less established participants. This will enable them to develop personal contacts with more senior researchers, and contribute to the development of a new generation of scientists that transcend the traditional barriers between disciplines. An important target is to involve the full range of engineering and the physical sciences, including experimental and computational chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, information science and materials science. This very broad range of expertise is a particularly exciting feature of the Network, and should lead to a number of novel, unexpected, and adventurous collaborations.


Inaugural meeting, Nottingham, 27/28 March 2006 | Photos

2nd ANGIONET Meeting, Sheffield, 8/9 January 2007

3rd ANGIONET Meeting, Coleraine, 18-20 June 2007 | Photos

British Microcirculation Society, Satellite Symposium, King's College London, 31 March 2008

Tissue and Cell Engineering Society Annual Conference – Focus on Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering, Nottingham, 4 July 2008

London 2008 Physiological Society, Vascular & Smooth Muscle Themed Meeting, Mechanotransduction and vascular remodelling (session sponsored by ANGIONET)

Dundee 2009 ANGIONET Meeting, 20-22 April 2009

Steering Committee:

Dr Markus Owen (PI)
School of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Nottingham,
Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK


Professor David Williams (CoI)
Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,
Loughborough University,
LE11 3TU


Prof. M.A.J. Chaplain, F.R.S.E.
The SIMBIOS Centre
Division of Mathematics
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN


Dr Christopher A. Mitchell
Centre for Molecular Biosciences
University of Ulster at Coleraine
Cromore Road, Coleraine
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA


Dr Danny O'Hare CChem FRSC
Reader in Sensor Research
Physiological Flow Studies Group
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College
Chemical Engineering Building
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BY


Professor Gillian Tozer
Academic Unit of Surgical Oncology
Division of Clinical Sciences
University of Sheffield
Floor K, Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Sheffield, S10 2JF, UK