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Yet to Be Charted: Lymphatic System in Health and Disease

September 19 - 20, 2022
Virtual Workshop
Day 1: 8:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Day 2: 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


NIH is hosting a research workshop in September to help us better understand how the lymphatic system develops and functions in sickness and in health. The workshop aims to improve how we manage and treat lymphatic disorders. Hosted by the NHLBI and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in coordination with the Trans-NIH Lymphatic Coordinating Committee, the workshop will bring together basic, clinical, and translational scientists, along with members of the lymphatics community, to explore the latest advances in the field and share research progress.

International experts will discuss current research, explore knowledge gaps, and identify opportunities in lymphatic disease research. People with lymphedema, lipedema, and other lymphatic diseases will share their personal experiences. Workshop organizers hope the event will build collaborative partnerships among scientists, clinicians, patients, and patient advocates. Featured topics include lymphedema and the role of lymphatics in obesity.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register.

Workshop Highlights

David C. Goff, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, and Stephen P. James, M.D., director of the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, will give opening remarks. Representatives from the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), the Lymphangiomatosis & Gorham's Disease Alliance, the Lipedema Foundation, and the Fascia Research Society will share the lymphatic community perspective. View the agenda.

Session Topics

  • State of Research in Lymphatics
  • Lymphatic Development and Homeostatic Function
  • Lymphatics in Inflammation and Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System
  • Lymphatic Dysfunction Diseases
  • Lymphedema
  • The Community’s Perspective: Living with Lymphatic Disease
  • New Technologies in Lymphatic Imaging and Mapping


Contact John Hare at 301-670-4990 if you have technical, logistical, or registration questions, or if you require special accommodations to participate in this event. Requests for special accommodations should be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


Register by Sept. 15, 2022, to participate in this workshop:

Select Speakers

Stanley Rockson
Stanford University
A leading clinical lymphedema expert and professor from Stanford University will discuss the development of novel therapies for lymphedema.
Stanley G. Rockson, M.D.
Michael J. Davis
University of Missouri-Columbia
A Curators' Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will highlight the mechanisms of lymphatic contractile and valve dysfunction in metabolic syndrome.
Michael J. Davis, Ph.D.
Cameron (Cam) Ayala
Development director for LE&RN, is a lymphedema and lymphatic disease activist and former “The Bachelorette” contestant living with primary lymphedema.
Cameron (Cam) Ayala