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Thrombospondins and other Matricellular Proteins in Tissue Organization and Homeostasis

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Friday, July 23, 2010
Snowmass Village Conference Center, Snowmass, Colorado

The purpose of this conference was to focus on the important group of matricellular proteins that have context-specific functions in all major body tissues and are now appreciated to have roles in multiple physiological and pathophysiological processes including development, human genetic diseases, inflammation and wound healing, diabetes, renal disease, heart disease, lung disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer. The objectives of this meeting were to enhance, inspire, and accelerate fundamental research and translational applications in this area by bringing together active researchers and complementary experts who would not otherwise have an opportunity to meet and exchange data, ideas, and reagents. Importantly, a goal of this conference was to further the development of young scientists in the field by engaging them through meaningful interactions with senior scientists and exposing them to the field in its broadest context.

Contact: David D. Roberts, Ph.D., droberts@helix.nih.gov

Co-funding Institute(s):
National Cancer Institute
Office of Rare Diseases Research