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Invited speakers
  • Attila Aszodi, MPI Martinsried, Germany
  • Paolo Bonaldo, University of Padova, Italy
  • Georg Duda, Charite - Berlin, Germany
  • Donald Gullberg, Univeristy of Bergen, Norway
  • Martin Humphries, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, UK
  • Renato V. Iozzo, Thomas-Jefferson University, USA
  • Cay Kielty, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, UK
  • Magareta Müller, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Gillian Murphy, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Gertraud Orend, Inserm Strassbourg, France
  • David Ornitz, Washington University, USA
  • Wiltrud Richter, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Markus Ruegg, Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland
  • Lydia Sorokin, University of Münster, Germany
  • Rocky Tuan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Fiona Watt, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Sabine Werner, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Atsuko Yoneda, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Workshop Topics
  (The parallel workshops will be arranged according to the preferences chosen during the registration)
Stem cells and stem cell niches
  Stemness, transdifferentiation and plasticity, cellular microenvironment, differentiation capacity of stem cells
Extracellular matrix during inflammation
  Acute and chronic inflammatory diseases, modulation of extracellular matrix during inflammation, influence of extracellular matrix on inflammatory cells
Connective tissue and development
  Morphogenesis of tissues and organs, role of basement membranes and of the cell of the matrix
Cell-cell and cell-matrix interaction
  Basement membranes, pericellular matrix, cell-surface proteoglycans (syndecans, glypicans), integrins, discoidin domain receptors, signalling, gap-junctions, CAMs
Tissue regeneration and repair
  Sources of progenitor cells, biomaterials for tissue repair, tissue substitutes, translational medicine
Molecules and supramolecular complexes in the extracellular matrix
  Extracellular matrix networks, fibrils and fibril periphery, proteoglycans, microfibrillar apparatus, elastic fibers
Extracellular matrix: Sources and reservoir of biomolecules.
  Sequestering and release of growth factors, bioactive fragments, growth factor gradients
Synthesis and remodeling of extracellular matrix
  Endochondral ossification, embryogenesis, organogenesis, plasticity of basement membranes
Extracellular matrix in angiogenesis and tumor biology
  Role of proteases in angiogenesis and tumor biology, processing functions of MMPs, tumor growth
Extracellular matrix in the musculoskeletal system
  Callus formation and remodeling, bone/cartilage interfaces, myotendinous junction
Extracellular matrix in skin and wound healing
  Fibrotic diseases, scarring, pathology, metalloproteinases in pathophysiological remodeling, shedding
Endothelial and epithelial barriers
  Basement membranes, pathology (epithelial function: skin, Chron's disease)
Biomechanical forces
  Fracture and connective tissue healing, compressive and torsional forces, nano-indentation (tissue stiffness), shear stress, mechano-regulation and -transduction, hydrostatic pressure
Hot Topics in extracellular matrix research
  The newest and hottest data all around extracellular matrix
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