July 11-16, 2009, Patras, Greece, Conference & Cultural Center, University of Patras

List of Invited Speakers / Tutors




Scientific Field

Dick Heinegård
Department of Experimental Medical Sciences, Lund University, SE-221 84 Lund, Sweden
Matrix Assebly, tissue homeostasis, structure-function of ECM
2Naoyuki Taniguchi
Department of Disease Glycomics, Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 567-0871, Japan
Glycobiology and disease targeting
3Anne Delle
Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
Glycomics and glycoproteomics
4Dimitrios Kletsas
Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Ageing, Institute of Biology, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", 153 10 Athens, Greece
Cellular senescence and signaling mechanisms in cancer
5Fotini Lamari
Department of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece
Structure and Biological Roles of Glycosaminoglycans
6Alberto Passi
Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Sperimentali e Cliniche, Universita degli Studi dell'Insubria, via J.H. Dunant 5, Varese 21100, Italy
Metabolic control of proteoglycans and pathobiology
7Pauline Rudd
Dublín-Oxford Glycobiology laboratoty, NIBRT, Conway Institute, UCD, Dublín 4, Ireland
Biomarkers and glycosylated targets
8Achilleas Theocharis
Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26110, Patras, Greece
Proteoglycans in Health and Diseases
(multiple myeloma)
 9Vincent Hascall
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute ND-20,
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA
Role of Hyaluronan in Inflammatory Proccesses
 10Nikos Karamanos
Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26110, Patras, Greece
Molecular Targets in Breast Cancer, Proteoglycans, Metalloproteinases,
 11Paraskevi Heldin
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Biomedical Center, Box 595, S-751 24 Uppsala, Sweden
Hyaluronan-CD44 Interaction and Hyaluronan Synthases
 12Israel Vlodavski
Cancer and Vascular and Biology Research Center, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa 31096, Israel
Heparanase in cancer metastasis and angiogenesis
 13Gillian Murphy
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute
Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0RE
Metalloproteinases in matrix pathobiology
 14Raija Tammi
Department of Anatomy, University of Kuopio, P. O. Box 1627, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland
Matrix and epithelial tissues
 15Lena Kjellen
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, BMC, Box 582, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden
Regulation of biosynthetic enzymes
 16Sibnath Ghatak
MUSK, Charleston, SC
CD44 in tumor progression
 17Jan-Olof Winberg
Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Medical Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway
Matrix complexes of MMPs-TIPMs – implication in diseases
 18Carl-Henrik Heldin
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Uppsala University
PDGF-R signaling and tumor therapy
 19Hideaki Nagase
Imperial College School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom Action of Metalloproteinases/ tissue inhibitors – disease targeting
 20Evagelia Papadimitriou
Department of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece
Heparin-Affin Binding Protein, Signaling and Angiogenesis
 21George Tzanakakis
Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion   
Proteoglycans –signaling in cancer targeting
 22A.van Kuppevelt
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
Glycosaminoglycan pathobiology
 23John Couchman
Biomedicine Institute, University of Copenhagen, Biocenter
Ole Maaloes Vej 5, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
Integrins in cell adhesion and matrix-mediated signaling
 24Renato Iozzo
Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Locust Street , Room 249 JAH
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Proteoglycans as targets for molecular therapy
 25Jenny Karousou
Biomediche Sperimentali e Cliniche, Universita degli Studi dell'Insubria, via J.H. Dunant 5,  Italy & University of Uppsala, Sweden
Ubiquitination of glycans and proteoglycans
 26 Aris MoustakasLudwig Institute for Cancer Research, Box 595, SE-75124, Uppsala, Sweden
Signaling in epithelial-mesenchymal transition
 27 Liliana SchaeferInstitute of Pharmacology, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
SLRP-Signaling in Inflammation and Fibrosis
 28 Marku TammiDepartments of Biomedicine, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland
Ηyaluronan synthesis and HAS promoter activation
 29 Staffan JohanssonDept. of Med. Biochem. and Microbiol., Uppsala University, Biomedical Center, Sweden
Integrins-mediated signaling
 30 Sharona Even-Ram The Stem Cell Center, Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy, Jerusalem, Israel ECM and cytoskeletal aspects in stem cell pluripotency and early neural differentiation
 Anders  Hjerpe Departments of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute,  Stockholm, SwedenMesothelioma proteoglycans

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