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


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

Updated Info - Scientific and Social Program, Transportation & Accommodation

Scientific and social program: It is available in the website www.febs-mpst2009.upatras.gr .
At this stage the scientific program involves the invited lectures/tutorials, chairpersons and the selected talks. Posters of accepted abstracts will be displayed during all days of the course. Authors should be present in the poster area according to the program timetable as to interact with the participants and invited speakers. Poster numbers are given in the scientific progam. The program also involves daily transportation details, lunch and dinner time table as well as the half day excursion to ancient Olympia (optional).
Transportation: Please note that transportation from International Athens Airport to Patras (11th July) will start at 2.30 pm. After the gate 5 to the arrivals level, you have to walk to the P4 parking for coaches. The embarkation to the special buses for the FEBS Course is at 14:15 and departure at 14:30. Departure from Patras to Airport has been arranged at 12.00 (16th July). The trip takes about 3 hours depending on the traffic.
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been arranged to the hotels Achaia Beach (www.airotel.gr/index.asp?a_id=339) and Tzaki (www.hoteltzaki.gr/english/photo.html). Both hotels are located by the seaside in the famous Patras gulf. Hotel rooms are all equipped with air-condition, direct dial telephone, private bath or shower, hair dryer and colour television. Students and postdoctoral fellows will stay in shared double rooms. All accepted participants will be contacted by the professional congress organizers () regarding their accommodation details. In case you need changes in the type of accommodation please contact CPR (Mrs. Loykia Simonoviki, ).
Please visit the website in regular basis for updates.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Patras.

FEBS J-Minireview Series on Proteoglycans

Thanks to the contribution of the invited speakers of the advanced lecture course FEBS-MPST-2009, a MiniReview Series entitled: Proteoglycans in health and disease: emerging concepts and future directions, coordinated by RV Iozzo and NK Karamanos, has been published in FEBS J (www.febsjournal.org) - (Article first published online: 31 AUG 2010).

MiniReview Series: Proteoglycans in health and disease: emerging concepts and future directions
Renato V. Iozzo and Nikos Karamanos, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1742-4658.2010.07796.x/pdf

- Proteoglycans in health and disease: novel regulatory signaling mechanisms evoked by the small leucine-rich proteoglycans
Renato V. Iozzo and Liliana Schaefer http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1742-4658.2010.07797.x/pdf

- Proteoglycans in health and disease: new concepts for heparanase function in tumor progression and metastasis
Uri Barash, Victoria Cohen-Kaplan, Ilana Dowek, Ralph D. Sanderson, Neta Ilan and Israel Vlodavsky

- Proteoglycans in health and disease: the multiple roles of syndecan shedding
Tina Manon-Jensen, Yoshifumi Itoh and John R. Couchman

- Proteoglycans in health and disease: novel roles for proteoglycans in malignancy and their pharmacological targeting
Achilleas D. Theocharis, Spyridon S. Skandalis, George N. Tzanakakis and Nikos K. Karamanos


Dear Participants of the 2nd FEBS-MPST 2009 Advanced Lecture Course,
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for participating to the 2nd FEBS Advanced Lecture Course “Matrix Pathobiology, Signaling and Molecular Targets”, held at the Conference & Cultural Centre of the University of Patras, 11-16 July 2009.
I feel that apart from the scientific point, which was superb, great friendly relationships were created. 
The success of this meeting inaugurate forthcoming events in this scientific field and I would be grateful your joining us in future events.

Nikos Karamanos