Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Training approaches in lymphatic biology

The lymphatic vascular network connects the parenchymal interstitium through the nodes to the veins. Lymph serves as the transport pathway between these compartments and via its flow, controls interstitial fluid, macromolecular exchange, lipid absorption, immune cell trafficking and is critical to edema prevention/resolution, lipid metabolism, inflammation and immunity. Knowledge of this vascular network lags far behind that of blood vessels. Increased understanding of this system is hampered by a lack of investigators trained in lymphatic biology and classic training programs are challenged by the paucity of investigators at any institution. Thus, novel approaches for training new investigators in this field need to explored and developed.

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