• Annual Meeting


    2018 Annual Meeting will be held on together with the German Society for Matrix Biology

    March 22-24th 2018 in Stuttgart

    Pre-Conference Young Investigator Session March 21st-22nd 2018

    At this conference we will have a Young Investigator Session to create a unique forum for young scientists to present and exchange new data. These sessions will bring together young European researchers in order to promote interactions between pre- and post-doctoral scientists, so they can benefit from the different experiences that the sessions and the subsequent conference offer.




    Program Joint Annual Meeting DGMB and SSMB 2018


    Confirmed Plenary Speaker: Matthias Lutolf (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

    •Session 1: ECM in Development & Stem Cell Research –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Milica Radisic (University of Toronto, Canada)

    •Session 2: ECM & Aging –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Laurent Debelle (University Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France)

    •Session 3: ECM & Inflammation/ (Auto)Immune Response –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Antonella Viola (University of Padua, Italy)

    •Session 4: ECM & Immunology –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Ankur Singh (Cornell University, USA)

    •Session 5: ECM & Disease –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Sanjay Sinha (University of Cambridge, UK)

    •Session 6: ECM & Tissue Engineering –Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dimitrios Zeugolis (NUI Galway, Ireland)

    Confirmed Invited Speakers:
    Valbona Mirakaj (University Hospital Tübingen, Germany)
    Michael Sherratt (University of Manchester, UK)


    This years Annual Meeting will be held on February 15th 2017 in Bern.
    Registration is free of charge
    (Registration is closed)
    Location: Institut für Anatomie, Uni Bern, Ewald Weibel Hörsaal.
    How to get there:
    • Go to the main entrance of the old building of the Institut of Anatomy (Bühlstrasse 26, not Baltzerstrasse 2)
    • Walk straight into the building and you are walking directly to the Ewald Weibel Hörsaal


    It is our great pleasure to have two outstanding researchers in the field of matrix biology as keynote speakers:

    Matthias Chiquet (Uni Bern) and Viola Vogel (ETH Zurich).

    Moreover, we excited about the line-up of great short talks (12min talk + 3min Q&A)

    Program Annual Meeting SSMB 2017





    Welcome Remarks Johannes C. Schittny (Uni Bern)


    Keynote lecture: Matthias Chiquet (Uni Bern). Growth factors and mechanical forces in secondary palate morphogenesis


    Mattia Bordoli (ETH Zurich). Regulation of matrix dynamics by extracellular phosphorylation


    Sandrine Gremlich Irrausch (CHUV, Uni Lausanne): Tenascin C knockout mice have an altered lung function at newborn and adult age


    Marija Plodinec (Uni Basel). Mechanobiology of epithelia on native basement membranes and relevance for cancer cell invasion


    Amiq U. R. Gazdhar (Uni Bern): Electrospray: A novel method for targeted drug delivery


    Lunch (Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided)


    Keynote lecture: Viola Vogel (ETH Zurich). Mechanobiology of Extracellular Matrix


    Joern Dengjel (Uni Fribourg). Systemic perturbation of keratinocyte homeostasis by genetic loss of the extracellular matrix protein collagen VII


    Izabela M. Nita (Uni Bern): Alpha1-antitrypsin reduces endoplasmic reticulum stress and release of inflammatory cytokines in cystic fibrosis primary bronchial epithelial cells in vitro


    Gerald Grandl (ETH Zurich). Depot Specific Differences in the Adipogenic Potential of Precursors are mediated by Collagenous Extracellular Matrix and Flotillin-2 dependent Signaling


    Coffee break


    Tiziana Cremona (Uni Bern): The development of integrin alpha 8 deficient lungs shows reduced and altered branching and a correction of the phenotype during alveolarization


    Collin Ewald (ETH Zurich). Prolonged extracellular matrix homeostasis is essential for healthy aging


    SSMB Member Assembly