October 27, 2006

National matrix biology conference set

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National matrix biology conference set

Harold Moses, M.D., director emeritus of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will give the keynote address at the biennial national meeting of the American Society for Matrix Biology Nov. 1-4 in Nashville.

Moses, the Hortense B. Ingram Professor of Molecular Oncology, will discuss “TGF-beta regulation of stromal-epithelial interactions” at 7 p.m., Nov. 1, in the ballroom of the Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce Street.

Matrix biology includes the study of the structure and function of components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), and the role that they play in intracellular signaling, gene expression and disease.

Plenary speakers include Carl Blobel, M.D., Ph.D., of Cornell University; Richard Caprioli, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Mass Spectrometry Research Center; Harry Dietz, M.D., a recent Vanderbilt Discovery Lecturer from Johns Hopkins University; Billy G. Hudson, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology; Daniel C. Liebler, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Proteomics Laboratory; and Ann Marie Schmidt, M.D., of Columbia University.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology. Meeting organizers are Vanderbilt’s Hudson, Jeffrey Davidson, Ph.D., and Roy Zent, M.D., Ph.D.; and society president Linda Sandell, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis.

To register, visit www.asmb.net, or contact Nanette Bahlinger at 322-0672 or nanette.bah linger@vanderbilt.edu.