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The extracellular matrix in biomedicine – The legacy of Dick Heinegard

May 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - May 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

With this international symposium we want promote international exchange in the area of extracellular matrix research. We also want to honor the legacy of our late colleague and friend Dick Heinegard. The meeting will be open for all interested participants.

The symposium will be held at the Center for Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 52, D50931 Cologne, Germany. (for directions see  http://uni-koeln.de/med-fak/biochemie/index.e.shtml, under “Travelling”). 




16.00-18.00 Registration, coffee
18.00-19.00 Keynote lecture:
Al Grodzinsky, Boston
Aggrecan nanomechanics and post-traumatic osteoarthritis
19.00-21.00 Welcome get-together
(drinks, finger food)


  Cartilage, joints and bone

9.00-9.35 Anja Niehoff, Cologne
Mechanoplasticity of the cartilage extracellular matrix
9.35-10.10 Anders Aspberg, Copenhagen
Aggrecan missense mutations associated with skeletal disease (tentative)
10.10-10.45 Klaus von der Mark, Erlangen
Cell fate analysis of hypertrophic chondrocytes: New views on cartilage – bone transition in the growth plate
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-11.50 Tore Saxne, Lund
Biomarkers in rheumatology – today and tomorrow
11.50-12.25 Patrik Önnerfjord, Lund
Mass spectrometry in ECM research
12.25-13.00 John Bateman, Melbourne
Skeletal dysplasias and the molecular pathology of the unfolded protein response
13.00-14.30 Lunch break
(on site, soup and bread)

Cell biology

14.30-15.05 Björn Olsen, Boston
Title pending
15.05-15.40 Gerhard Sengle, Cologne
Extracellular regulation of growth factor signaling by fibrillin
15.40-16.15 Anders Malmström, Lund
Structure and functions of dermatan sulfate
16.15-16.45 Coffee break
16.45-17.20 Kristofer Rubin, Lund
Title pending
17.20-17.55 Lydia Sorokin, Münster
Title pending
17.55-18.30 Rikard Holmdahl, Stockholm
Immune regulation of type II collagen of importance for rheumatoid arthritis
18.30-19.00 Frank Wollheim, Lund
From goat to man: Dick Heinegård and rheumatology
19.00-? Conference dinner (on site, buffet style)


  Skin and muscle

9.00-9.35 Reinhard Fässler, Martinsried/Munich
enetic analysis of integrin function in mice
9.35-10.10 Sara Wickström
Mechanotransduction in epidermal cell fate decisions
10.10-10.45 Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, Freiburg
Title pending
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-11.50 Anna Blom, Lund/Malmö
At cross-roads of extracellular matrix and inflammation
11.50-12.25 Madeleine Durbeej-Hjält, Lund
Laminin-deficient muscular dystrophy: pathogenesis and development of treatment
12.25-13.00 Vince Hascall, Cleveland
HA, HS, CS – Duelling GAGs in hyperglycemic dividing cells

We have done everything possible to keep the cost for the meeting low. However, to keep the participants together throughout the meeting, we have decided to serve all meals on site (except breakfast). This will include a conference dinner on the evening of Friday 02.05.2014. Our cost for the catering is calculated to EUR 100,- per person. If you want to join our meeting we therefore ask you to send an informal e-mail giving your name, address and e-mail address to: ecm_cologne(at)web(dot)de (if possible before 01.04.2014). Please also transfer EUR 100,- to Universitätsklinikum Köln, IBAN DE04 3702 0500 0008 1500 00; BIC BFSWDE33XXX; reference (Verwendungszweck) 3610 0698 31.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cologne in May!

For more information visit: http://www.matrixbiologie.de/index.php?id=128&L=2


May 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
May 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
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Center for Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 52
Center for Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 52, + Google Map


Alan Grodzinsky (Keynote lecture)
Alan Grodzinsky (Keynote lecture)

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