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Tony Weiss Wins Eureka Prize in 2018

The MBSANZ congratulates Tony Weiss (University of Sydney) for winning the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research, for his development and commercialisation of fast-acting surgical glue, MeTro, and for innovation in synthetic biomaterials.  Tony is past-president of MBSANZ (2014-2016), and the society has been privileged to follow his exciting and innovative biochemical research on the self-assembling ECM protein tropoelastin over the last couple of decades. As well as high quality fundamental research, Tony has translated his research to both commercial and clinical outcomes. His patented biomaterials inventions recently led to Allergan acquiring his university spin-off Elastagen. See Tony talking about MeTro at: https://youtu.be/yBrrqv2XyCk

Tony's work and well deserved success, is a great example not only of how fundamental discovery-science can have major health and economic impact, but the importance of Matrix Biology! 

Matricellular Proteins in Inflammation and Tissue Remodeling, Lisbon, Portugal, July 14 – 19 2019

This FASEB Science Research Conference will reflect the rapid growth of the field of matricellular proteins. New areas of expansion that will be addressed are biomedical research, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other ageing-related diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; ocular and neurological diseases; fibrosis; immunity; and inflammation. New developments and the translation of findings into clinical practice will be discussed in an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. Participation of researchers from all over the world is encouraged, including young investigators and trainees, and under-represented groups.

Further details are available from this flyer, or by visiting the conference website.

Congratulations to 2018 MBSANZ Award Winners

Congratulations to Matthew Hoffman (NIH, USA) who was awarded the Barry Preston Award in 2018, the society’s award for a senior researcher in the matrix biology field.
Dr. Hoffman’s laboratory studies salivary gland development, by investigating how stem/progenitor cells are directed along a series of cell fate decisions during organogenesis, aiming to identify targets for gene- and cell-based regenerative therapies.

Congratulations to Brooke Farrugia (University of Melbourne) who was awarded the Bob Fraser New Investigator Award in 2018, the society’s award for an outstanding early/mid career researcher in the matrix biology field. Dr Farrugia’s research spans biomaterial development and characterisation, wound healing, including in vitro models, molecular biology and glycobiology.

Congratulations to Richard Wang (University of Sydney) who was awarded the Dennis Lowther Award in 2018, the society’s award for an outstanding student poster presentation at the society meeting. Richard is researching 3D vascular networks as part of his PhD under the mentorship of Professor Tony Weiss.

MBSANZ members elected to the Council of the International Society for Matrix Biology


Megan Lord

Tony Weiss

Two MBSANZ members, Megan Lord (MBSANZ President, UNSW Sydney) and Tony Weiss (MBSANZ Past president, University of Sydney), have been elected Councillors for the International Society for Matrix Biology for 2019-2021.

Elastin, Elastic Fibers and Microfibrils Gordon Research Conference and Seminar

Interested in elastin, elastic fibres or microfibrils?
Attend the upcoming Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Elastin, Elastic Fibers and Microfibrils – Biochemical, Biomechanical and Biological Functions of Elastin and Related Fibers in Homeostasis and Disease held 20-26 July, 2019 at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, USA.
For more details visit:
Elastin Gordon Research Conference