Previous MBSANZ Meetings

December 5-9th 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.


The University of Auckland hosted the 41st Scientific Meeting of the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand. The meeting returned to New Zealand after a 19-year hiatus, and brought together matrix biologists from the USA, UK, Finland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

We kicked off the meeting with a toe-tapping TEDx-style talk, ‘From matrix to music: how music influences the developing and aging brain’ by Professor Larry Sherman from Oregon National Primate Research Center and Oregon Health & Science University. He elegantly played the piano and provided funny and amazing insights into how our brains are so acutely tuned. We even had to sing along – something new for the society.

The next day, we partnered up with The University of Auckland 10th Annual Mechanobiology Symposium and the 11th Australasian Biomechanics Conference to host a crossover day focusing on mechanobiology and the matrix. During this crossover day, we heard interesting talks across the scale with data presented on mechanotransduction and primary cilia from Professor Toshiro Ohashi all the way to remodeling in the heart from Professor Martin Nash.

On Thursday, we are trekked across the Waitemata Harbour to the idyllic Waiheke Island to spend the day at The University of Auckland’s winery Goldie Estate. The day was focused on the matrix, disease and therapeutics and we snuggled together in the cosy function room (with a low-tech wine barrel used as our projector stand!) and were inspired by talks from our first plenary speaker Dr Matthew Hoffman, and invited speakers Professor Joanne Tipper and Dr Carl Flannery. This was followed by the AGM, some delectable Goldie wine and cheese and our conference dinner amongst the vines (check out our conference photo!). We culminated the day with the presentation of the Barry Preston Award to Dr Matthew Hoffman and the Bob Fraser New Investigator Award to Dr Brooke Farrugia.

Our last day was back at The of Auckland University at the Grafton campus, for a range of fascinating talks from senior matrix biologists and clinicians including our second plenary speaker, Professor Larry Sherman. This was followed by a trial of a new ‘e-poster session’, where students had 5 minute slots with up to 5 slides to present their ‘poster’.

As always, we were all blown away by the quality and breadth of presentations and Richard Wang particularly impressed the judges to scoop the Denis Lowther Award for Best Poster.

We would like to acknowledge that no meeting would be possible without the support of our conference sponsors. Their generosity has made this event possible, so a huge thanks to them. Finally, we were grateful to all of the international delegates for making it over to New Zealand and the extra time and cost that entails for making it a friendly and diverse meeting with high quality science.

Invited Speakers:

Matt Hoffman (NIH, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, USA)
Larry Sherman (Oregon Health and Science University, USA)
Joanne Tipper (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Kathryn Stok (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Carl Flannery (Bioventus, USA)
Kris Killian (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Toshiro Ohashi (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Cameron Brown (QUT, Australia)

Ngā mihi, Sue McGlashan

2017 Melbourne Meeting, November 17, 2017

On behalf of the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand we would like to invite you to join us in Melbourne for a local scientific meeting followed by the AGM of the Society. The conference will be held at the Larwill Hotel, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville (within the Royal Childrens Hospital complex) on Friday, November 17.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Prof Andy Carr , Director, Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford “Mechanisms of inflammation in tendinopathy”
Dr Daniel Heath , School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne. “Designing ECM mimetic materials”
Assoc Prof Natalie Sims, Associate Director, St Vincent’s Institute Medical Research, University of Melbourne. “Using the synchrotron to study the regulation of bone matrix mineralization”
Dr Kate Poole , School of Medical Sciences, University of NSW. “Activation of mechanosensitive channels at the cell-substrate interface”

The day long program (10.00-17.00) will be divided into 4 sessions, and in addition to keynote presentations, there will be ample time for short talks chosen from submitted abstracts. There will be no poster presentations, but students/postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts for short “3-minute thesis” style presentations in a dedicated session. The MBSANZ AGM will follow the scientific presentations at 17.00. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of ECM biology. We are keen to include areas where the extracellular matrix is emerging as a key issue. For example, interactions of stem cells with ECM, ECM disease mechanisms, new functional matrices in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

2016 Annual Meeting, 20 - 23 November

The tranquil setting of the Liz Kernohan Conference Centre at the University of Sydney Camden Campus was the location for the retreat-style conference .

Outstanding international and national speakers explored exciting topics of significance to health and disease where the extracellular matrix and matrix biology play critical roles, such as:
  • Fibrosis - Raghu Kalluri (University of Texas)
  • Pain - Anne-Marie Malfait (Rush University)
  • Neural development and plasticity – Roger Pocock (Monash University)
  • Glycomics - Jerry Turnbull (University of Liverpool)

Plus a host of other matrix-related themes including genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, invasion and metastasis, and tissue engineering.

A copy of the conference flyer is available here.