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Call for papers - Immunity and inflammation in Cardiovascular Disorders

Guest Editors:

Vennela Boyalla: University of Manchester, UK
Enrique Gallego-Colon: Escuela Naval Militar (E.N.M.), Spain
Michael Spartalis: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 September 2023

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders is calling for submissions to our Collection on Immunity and inflammation in Cardiovascular Disorders. Despite great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), it remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Recent evidence indicates immuno-inflammatory activation may play a pivotal role in pathogenic mechanisms of CVD, opening novel pharmacological opportunities. Local and systemic dysregulation of the immune system and inflammatory pathways impact local myocardial tissue that may play a role in the pathophysiology of many CVDs, including heart failure, myocardial infarction, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathies, atherosclerosis, and rhythm disorders.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Vennela BoyallaUniversity of Manchester, UK

Dr Vennela Boyalla is an academic cardiology trainee in Manchester (United Kingdom). After graduating MBChB (MD) from University of Manchester, Vennela was appointed as an Academic Foundation Programme working on telemedicine trials in heart failure. She then gained Membership to the Royal College of Physicians (MRPC) during her internal medicine training. Following, Vennela worked as a PhD research fellow at Imperial College London running a multi-centre randomised controlled trial comparing ablation strategies in non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which was funded by National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). She is now pursuing research interests in treating inflammation and obesity to help manage atrial fibrillation, while training in clinical cardiology. She has been appointed as Women in Cardiology trainee representative for Northwest England in the United Kingdom. During her spare time, she loves politics and cooking.

Enrique Gallego-ColonEscuela Naval Militar (E.N.M.), Spain

Dr Enrique J. Gallego-Colon is a clinician and translational researcher in cardiology at Escuela Naval Militar (E.N.M.) and Associate Professor at Escuela Militar de Sanidad (EMISAN). For his PhD, he was awarded with a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, EU-FP7 to perform his Phd studies at the Imperial College London were he joined the cardiac regeneration group lead by Prof. Nadia Rosenthal. His main research interest is on cardiovascular health as well as the disease process development (atherosclerosis, stroke and myocardial infarction) with particular emphasis to the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular immunity and regeneration. Especially interested on investigating novel therapeutic approaches to achieve functional recovery through enhancing the reparative processes of the of the damaged myocardium and reversal of adverse heart remodeling. His research overlaps with these clinical areas but also covers broad aspects of medicine and innovation. He is member of the European Society of Cardiology as well as the American Society of Cardiology.

Michael Spartalis: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Michael Spartalis is an Attending Cardiologist, Certified Electrophysiology Specialist, and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist. Currently, an Academic Scholar at the 3rd Department of Cardiology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Clinical Scholar at Harvard Medical School, and an Expert on medical devices at the European Commission. His work focuses on cardiovascular medicine, cardiac electrophysiology, device therapy, and antiplatelet therapy. He currently works on evidence regarding the beneficial therapy with colchicine for atherosclerosis via anti-inflammation and decrease in hypertriglyceridemia. He holds an MD and a PhD from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School, a MSc in Thrombosis, Hemorrhage and Transfusion medicine from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School, a MHCM from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, and a Master in Interventional Electrophysiology from Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele. Most recently, he completed the Oxford's Leadership Program.

About the collection

This article collection of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders aims to collect articles describing research exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying CVD, studies with translational potential, as well as pre-clinical and clinical investigations. Original research and review articles are especially welcome. Case reports will not be considered. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

● Immunity and inflammation in Atherosclerosis
● Inflammation and Atrial Fibrillation
● Immunity and inflammation in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Myocardial Infarction
● Immunity and inflammation in Hypertension
● Immunity and inflammation in Metabolic syndrome
● Immunity and inflammation in Heart failure
● Immunity and inflammation in Valvulopathies
● Immunity and inflammation in Myocarditis and Pericarditis
● Immunity and inflammation in Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
● Pharmacological interventions

  1. Recent studies have developed our understanding of the role of the immune system and inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), opening new avenues for risk stratification and therapeutic intervention. Howe...

    Authors: Vennela Boyalla, Enrique Gallego-Colon and Michael Spartalis
    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2023 23:148
  2. Atherosclerosis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease, as a main cause leading to vascular diseases worldwide. Although increasing studies have focused on macrophages in AS, the exact relating mechanism is st...

    Authors: Juping Wang, Congna Zhao, Baonan Zhang and Xiaoyan Liu
    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2023 23:141

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Immunity and inflammation in Cardiovascular Disorders" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.