Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a pleasure to invite you to the 2nd FEBS-MPST Advanced Lecture Course, which follows the previous successful FEBS-MPST2007 organized for first time in May 2007.
Based on the great advances occurred during the last years in the field of matrix pathobiology and the increasing research interest on matrix organization and the matrix-mediated regulation of the various cell functions, the FEBS-MPST 2009 will offer oral sessions with invited plenary lectures, selected short talks related to the topics of the presented abstracts, participant poster presentations and panel discussions. These sessions will address both basic and applied science topics that appeal to the range of participants working in the fields of matrix Pathobiology and Pathobiochemistry, structural biology and cell and molecular biology.
The organizing committee has put together an outstanding group of internationally recognised speakers. The lectures and tutorials will provide you with an update important new knowledge covering key areas of the field. The most important goal of this course is to bring together scientists from biochemistry, life sciences and molecular cell biology on an important and rapidly developing scientific field and to create the environment for a superb science, warm collegiality, and an all-around rewarding experience during this special time of year.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Patras, Greece for an exciting and memorable scientific meeting.
Nikos Karamanos
Chairman of the Organizing Committee