Know Before You Go
Important Things to Know Before You Go!

Complete Detailed Programme is now available!

List of all posters is now available.

Limited tickets are still available!

Thank you for your participation!

The VAS Congress welcomed participants from over 56 countries all around the world.


  • 510 present delegates from 56 countries
  • 186 posters
  • 110 lectures in 2 parallel sessions


The congress was granted 15 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

Reference Number: 15136

Number of credits: 15


Presentations of invited talks in PDF format are available here.


VAS Honorary Awards
Pierre Burquelot
Marko Malovrh

VAS-JVA Awards
Best abstract written by a young investigator (free VAS membership + open access bonus for JVA)
Saum KL, Campos-Nsciff B, Celdran-Bonafonte D, Owens AP, Roy-Chaudhury P. Uremic regulation of endothelial krüppellike factor 2 in arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation failure.

Best abstract in Clinical Sciences (free VAS membership)
Laranjinha I, Matias P, Bento MT, Carvalho AP, Oliveira R, Casqueiro A, Adragão T, Jorge C, Bruges M, Birne R, Machado D, Weigert A. The impact of functioning hemodialysis arteriovenous accesses on renal graft perfusion: results of a pilot study.

Best abstract in Basic Sciences (free VAS membership)
Lee T, Somarathna M, Isayeva T, Guo L. Increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression improves arteriovenous fistula remodeling and reduces neointimal hyperplasia.

VAS Awards
Best Poster awards

Cardiovascular and hemodynamics
Bozzetto M, Brambilla P, Sironi S, Remuzzi G, Remuzzi A. Novel strategy for contrast-free magnetic resonance angiography of arteriovenous fistula for hemodialysis.

Khawaja AZ, Al Shakarchi J, McGrogan DG, Field M, Jones RG, Inston NG. Pharmacological interventions for central venous catheter related complications in haemodialysis patients– overview of systematic reviews.

Hand ischemia / infection
Franchin M, Elagri M, Angrisano A, Nahal E, Piffaretti G, Tozzi M. Modified arterial anastomosis to reduce the steal in prosthetic vascular access: computational models and results.

MacDonald C, Ross R, Houston G. The current state of MRI in vascular access imaging.

Other issues
Pajek J, Premru V, Ponikvar R, Gubenšek J, Likar C, Tordoir J, Malovrh M. Vascular access creation by nephrologists: a case study of individual learning curve and early results.

Online Lending
Discussions regarding availability of no credit check loans to people with poor credit score will also take place as part of discussion sessions. Importance of availability of direct money lenders across United States is an important factor of social development and wealth.

Shintaku S, Kawanishi H, Moriishi M, Shiraki N, Banshodani M, Yamashita M, Hashimoto S, Tsuchiya S. Distal ulnar-basilic arteriovenous fistula: second choice for primary arteriovenous fistula.

Vascular Access Patency / Needling
Pushevski V, Gerasimovska V, Dejanov P, Shpishikj-Pushevska AM. Predictive factors for early arterio-venous failure.


Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the anniversary 10th congress of the Vascular Access Society, which will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on April 5–8, 2017!

Vascular Access Society (VAS) is a multidisciplinary society of vascular access experts – nephrologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, dialysis nurses and technicians, angiologists etc. Vascular access complications are the frequent source of dialysis patients’ morbidity and without a vascular access, hemodialysis is simply impossible. This is why the vascular access research grows exponentially. VAS congresses cover always the current state of the art, which is increasingly difficult for individual experts. We believe that the majority of you experienced the same feeling during the previous VAS congresses (Barcelona, Prague, Istanbul, Rome, Nice....)

Ljubljana is a friendly and charming capitol of Slovenia with relaxed atmosphere. It is a place with very long history, where Baroque facades are mixed with Art Nouveau...
Ljubljana is convenient for all participants in terms of transportation as well as value for money.

Dear friends, keep the date April 5–8, 2017 free for the 10th VAS congress.


Maurizio Gallieni and Jan Malik
Congress Chairmen