Thrombospondins and other Matricellular Proteins in Tissue Organization and Homeostasis

The purpose of this conference is 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 are 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 is 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.

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