A Biochemical Society Independent Meeting
The 2016 autumn meeting of the British Society for Matrix Biology was held on the 5th and 6th of September 2016 in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. Hosted by the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics & Bioengineering Centre at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, the meeting showcased research from the field of mechanotransduction and signalling. The meeting strengthened collaboration between institutions as well as giving early career researchers an opportunity to present their research and to chair the oral sessions. The meeting was organised by Dr Sophie Gilbert and Dr Emma Blain and was generously supported by The Company of Biologists, Olympus, PeproTech, Biochemical Society, StarLab, VWR and Merck Millipore. 74 delegates attended from across the UK with many international speakers; 40 Posters were presented at the meeting and poster prizes were awarded to Giulia de Rossi (QMUL), Madeline Smith (Bristol) and Michal Dudek (Manchester). Madeline Smith and Michal Dudek were also awarded prizes for their talks.
There were 4 themed sessions covering the topics of subcellular signal transduction, tools for studying cellular communication, coupling of mechanical signals across the cell membrane, and mechanotransduction in pathology. In addition, the BSMB open session provided a place for talks related to any BSMB linked field with an interesting variety of topics. Excellent plenary lectures were given by Prof Jan Lammerding (Cornell, USA), Prof Sarah Cartmell (Manchester), Dr Kristian Franze (Cambridge), Dr Chrissy Hammond (Bristol), Prof Martin Knight (Queen Mary University of London), Prof Martin Schwartz (Yale, USA and Manchester), Dr Laoise McNamara (NUI, Galway), and Prof Paul Evans (Sheffield). The programme also included the Young Investigator award, The John Scott Lecture which was awarded to Dr Thomas Cox (Copenhagen, Denmark). Thomas delivered a comprehensive review of his career to date, including the role of lysyl oxidase (LOX) in metastatic cancer progression.
In summary, this autumn meeting was a very successful and well run cross-disciplinary conference bringing together researchers across the whole spectrum of mechanobiology and signalling. The meeting was closed by the BSMB chairman Prof John Couchman, with special thanks to Sophie Gilbert for organising a brilliant conference!
For more information, visit the meeting website.