FEBS Advanced Lecture Course

Matrix Pathobiology, Signaling and Molecular Targets

May 21-26, 2007, Patras, Greece

Scientific Programme Information

List of Invited Speakers / Tutors



Scientific Field

Reinhard Fässler

Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Medicine, Martinsried, Germany

Integrin-mediated Signaling

Vincent Hascall

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, USA

Role of Hyaluronan in Inflammatory Proccesses

Dick Heinegård

Department of Experimental Medical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Matrix Assebly

Paraskevi Heldin

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Biomedical Center, Uppsala, Sweden

Hyaluronan-CD44 Interaction and Hyaluronan Synthases

Anders Hjerpe

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Division of Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden

Proteoglycan-Depending Differentiation in Cancer

Martin Humphries

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK

Cell Adhesion, Signaling and Migration Control

Karl Kadler

Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester, UK

ECM Organisation

Nikos Karamanos

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece

Molecular Targets in Cancer, PGs, MMPs

Catherine Kielty

Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Fibrillin Function and Assebly

Dimitris Kletsas

Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Ageing, Institute of Biology, NCSR "Demokritos", Athens, Greece

Signaling in Ageing and Cancer

Dimitris Thanos

Academy of Athens, Biomedical Research Institute, Division of Genetics, Athens, Greece

Intracellular and transcription factors Signaling

Fotini Lamari

Department of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, University of Patras, Greece

Structure and Biological Roles of Glycosaminoglycans

Suzanne Menashi

Laboratoire CRRET, CNRS UMR 7149, Universite Paris 12, Creteil, France

Metalloproteinases and Tissue Inhibitors

Ida-Pucci Minafra

Univ Palermo, Dipartimento Biol Cellulare & Sviluppo, Palermo, Italy

Modulation of Neoplastic Cells by ECM Components

Hideaki Nagase

Department of Matrix Biology, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Division, FacultY, Imperial College London, UK

Expression of Metalloproteinases

George Panayotou

Biomedical Sciences Research Center "Alexander Fleming", Laboratory of Protein Chemistry, Vari, Greece

Proteomics and Growth Factor Receptors Signaling

Evangelia Papadimitriou

Department of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Patras, Greece

Heparin-Affin Binding Protein, Signaling and Angiogenesis

Alberto Passi

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Sperimentali e Cliniche, Universita degli Studi dell'Insubria, Varese, Italy

Functional Roles of Hyaluronan

Roberto Perris

Department of Evolutionary and Functional Biology, University of Parma, Italy

Proteoglycans as Regulators of Tumour Progression

Jean-Pièrre Pujol

Laboratory of Connective Tissue Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Caen, France

Signaling and Molecular Targets in Skeletal Disorders

Kazuyuki Sugahara

Laboratory of Proteoglycan Signaling and Therapeutics, Faculty of Advaned Life Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Functional Motifs and GAG Hybrid Chains

Achilleas Theocharis

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece

Proteoglycans in Health and Diseases

Jeremy Turnbull

School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, UK

Interactions and Signaling of Heparan-Sulfate Proteoglycans

Israel Vlodavsky

Cancer and Vascular and Biology Research Center, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Heparanese and heparin in cancer metastasis and angiogenesis

Christos Zervas

Academy of Athens, Biomedical Research Institute, Division of Genetics, Athens, Greece

Integrin-Actin Interaction



The FEBS-MPST2007 course will include General Lectures / Tutorials to be held during the first two days.
Six Plenary Symposia will each be introduced and moderated by leading scientists acting as discussion leaders. An introduction to the topic of each particular symposium will be given by the chairperson.

D. Heinegård and J.P. Pujol will deliver the final keynote address to conclude FEBS-MPST2007 Course.

Oral Presentations

Selected "Short Talks" will be delivered during afternoon or evening sessions by graduate students and post-docs. These presentations will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Board on the basis of submitted abstracts.

Poster Sessions

The poster session represents a vital part of the FEBS-MPST2007 Course. All abstracts, whether or not selected for oral presentations, will be on display as posters during the entire course to provide ample time for informal discussions among students, participants and lecturers. Two poster sessions and poster discussion groups will be organized.

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