September 2-7, 2011, Spetses, Greece

Invited Lecturers

Short CV

Address & e-mail

Scientific Field

Renato Iozzo

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Matrix biology, Proteoglycans, Cancer, Angiogenesis molecular therapy

Vincent Hascall

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

Hyaluronan biosynthesis, Models in diabedes

Hideaki Nagase

Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK

Metalloproteinases in matrix catabolism

John Couchman

Biomedicine Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen N, Denmark

Integrins and transmembrane proteoglycans in cell adhesion and matrix-mediated signalling

Israel Vlodavski

Cancer and Vascular and Biology Research Center, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa 31096, Israel

Heparanase, Heparan sulfate, Tumor biology, Cancer metastasis and angiogenesis

Dimitris Kletsas

Institute of Biology, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", 153 10 Athens, Greece

Growth factors / Cellular senescence, Signaling, Tissue repair, Ageing related pathologies (including cancer)

Jan-Olof Winberg

Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Tromsø, Norway

MMPs-TIPMs complexes in normal and diseased tissue and cells. MMPs as targets and anti-targets. Development of MMP inhibitors and enzyme kinetics

Liliana Schaefer

Pharmazentrum Frankfurt, Institut für Allgemeine Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

SLRPs, signaling, inflammation, fibrosis, kidney and innate and adaptive immunity

Jeroen Pouwels

University of Turku, Itainen Pitkakatu 4C, 20520 Turku, Finland

Integrins, cell migration, cancer, EMT and cancer

Achilleas Theocharis

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26110, Patras, Greece

Proteoglycans, Matrix degrading enzymes in Health and Diseases (multiple myeloma)

Donald Gullberg

Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen, Norway

Collagen -binding integrins

Nikos Karamanos

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26110, Patras, Greece

Matrix Pathobiology, Pharmacological Targeting in solid tumors and bone metastasis, Proteoglycans, Metalloproteinases, ER-mediated cell signaling

Paraskevi Heldin

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Biomedical Center, Box 595, S-751 24 Uppsala, Sweden

Signal transduction, CD44 and hyaluronan biology

Jeffrey D. Esko

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0687, USA

Proteoglycans, Glycobiology, Lipoproteins

Dick Heinegård

Department of Experimental Medical Sciences, Lund University, SE-22184 Lund, Sweden

Cell-matrix interactions, cell surface receptors, extracellular matrix composition

Alberto Passi

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Sperimentali e Cliniche, Universita degli Studi dell'Insubria, via J.H. Dunant 5, Varese 21100, Italy

Metabolic control of proteoglycans and pathobiology

Carl-Henrik Heldin

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Biomedical Center, Box 595, S-751 24 Uppsala, Sweden

PDGF-R / TGF-R signaling and tumor therapy

Suzanne Menashi

CNRS UMR 7149 Univerite Paris – Est 61 Ave du General de Gaulle 94010 Creteil, France

Cancer invasion, Wound healing, Matrix remodeling, MMPs

Dragana Nikitovic

Laboratory of Histology-Embryology, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

Proteoglycans-Glycosaminoglycans structure, functions and role in cancer pathogenesis

Lena Kjellen

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, BMC, Box 582, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden

Glycobiology / biosynthesis of proteoglycans

K. Sugahara

Lab. Of Proteoglycan signalling and therapeutics, Faculty of Advanced Life Sciences, University of Hokkaido, Japan

Structure, functions and biosynthesis of sulfated glycosaminoglycans

Katalin Dobra

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Proteoglycans and growth factor regulation

Suniti Misra

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA

Tumor stroma interactions in cancer metastasis

Kristofer Rubin

Uppsala University, Sweden

Integrins, tumor microenvironment, interstitial fluid pressure

Gillian Murphy

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute
Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge, UK

Metalloproteinases in matrix pathobiology - cancer

Athanasios Giannis

Univeristy of Leipzig
Institute of Organic Chemistry

Synthesis and development of bioactive natural products

Muhammad H. Zaman Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
Tumor cell migration, Cell-matrix interactions in 3D systems, Multi-scale modeling.
Mauro Pavao Program of Glycobiology, Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Glycosaminoglycans structure, pharmacological effects of heparin analogs in thrombosis, tumor invasion and metastasis
Ruggero Tenni Dipartimento di Biochimica "A. Castellani", Università di Pavia, via Taramelli 3b, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Collagen properties and interactions.
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