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Forthcoming special issues and calls for papers

Cardiovascular Research regularly publishes Spotlight or Review Focus Issues that are devoted to a specific research topic. These issues contain a number of invited expert reviews. In addition, a major part of each issue is reserved for original research papers. All papers are subjected to the normal peer review process (on average an editorial decision is made within 19 days of receipt of any manuscript). The authors of accepted manuscripts are given the option of publication in a regular issue of the Journal or in the Special Issue.

Below is a list of forthcoming special issues:

Sarcomeric cardiomyopathies: from bedside to bench and back
to be published by end 2014

Guest Editors:
Lucie Carrier
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Hamburg, Germany

Jolanda van der Velden
VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

A focus issue on sarcomeric cardiomyopathies: from bedside to bench and back will bring together a series of papers that highlight recent advances in basic and translational research.

Inherited cardiomyopathies are clinically highly variable and show age-dependent and variable penetrance, i.e. age of onset in patients with the same mutated gene can vary from early age to senescence. But even for a given mutation in one gene, onset and disease severity largely differ. This suggests a more complex pathophysiologic basis for disease development, including secondary disease-modifiers that, once identified, may serve as therapeutic targets. The focus is on advances in research methodologies and pathomechanisms in adult cardiomyopathy.

Topics that will be covered in invited review articles as related to this theme include:

  • Research priorities in sarcomeric cardiomyopathies
  • Clinical phenotyping – tools to establish disease progression in the clinical setting
  • Genetic causes: state-of-the-art
  • Animal models of cardiomyopathy: from mice to human
  • iPSC disease modeling towards individualized medicine
  • Targets for therapy - towards clinical implementation

Special issues - call for papers:

HDL biology: new insights in metabolism, function and translation
to be published in July, 2014

A Spotlight issue on ‘HDL biology: new insights in metabolism, function and translation’ is scheduled to appear in July, 2014. A number of recent randomized studies have failed to show benefit of HDL-C raising approaches and led many researchers to question the "HDL hypothesis" supported by prospective observational, and in vitro and in vivo mechanistic studies. The aim of this issue is to discuss these controversies and to offer possible mechanistic explanations for them. HDL also acts as reservoir for a number of biologically active substances which are altered in acute and chronic conditions and affect the function of endothelial cells, immune and inflammatory cells, and beta cells. A second aim of this issue is to discuss the role of HDL in disease development and to critically discuss the value of animal models as translational tools for the study of lipid disorders and atherosclerosis.

Topics that will be covered in invited review articles as related to this theme include:

  • MicroRNA and HDL life cycle
  • HDL and endothelium
  • Atheroprotective role of HDL-associated sphingosine 1 phosphate (S1P)
  • HDL, platelets and coagulation
  • HDL, beta cells function and diabetes
  • HDL in innate and adaptive immunity
  • HDL and cholesterol handling in the brain
  • New insights from HDL genetics
  • New frontiers in HDL pharmacology

We invite you to contribute original manuscripts based on your research related to the above-mentioned topics and related subjects to this upcoming Focus review issue. Please select the article type “Spotlight review issue – Original Article” upon submission of your manuscript online.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: March 15, 2014
Expected publication date: July 15, 2014