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Cartilage metabolism and cell based therapies for tissue regeneration [Conference Report]

Blain, Emma Jane ORCID:, Hughes, N., Kozaci, L. D. and Sutton, C. 2009. Cartilage metabolism and cell based therapies for tissue regeneration [Conference Report]. International Journal of Experimental Pathology 90 (2) , A85-A93. 10.1111/j.1365-2613.2008.00644.x

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The Autumn Meeting was held at The School of Biosciences, Cardiff University on the 8th and 9th of September, 2008. The meeting entitled ‘Cartilage metabolism and cell based therapies for tissue regeneration’ was held to honour the scientific achievements of Professor Tim Hardingham (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell: Matrix Research, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK) upon his retirement. The meeting focused on Tim’s key interests as defined by his research career including matrix metabolism and tissue engineering strategies for cartilage repair. The meeting was organised and hosted by Dr. Emma Blain and Dr. Clare Hughes, and attracted 193 delegates (one of our largest meetings in the history of the BSMB) and financial support was gratefully received from: Smith and Nephew, Arthritis Research Campaign, The Company of Biologists, The Matrix Biology Institute, MD Biosciences, Stryker, Seikagaku and FlexcellTM International. Trade exhibits were displayed by Jencons and Millipore. Tim’s contribution to the field of matrix biology was not only celebrated through the scientific programme but by a dinner dance held at the Millennium Stadium (home to the current Six Nations Champions!). A Welsh theme interweaved itself through the menu of the four-course dinner culminating in the much anticipated speeches. The BSMB Chairman Professor Bruce Caterson started off the speeches, and as we have become accustomed to, had everyone up and down in their chairs continually ‘raising a glass’ – of the customary port! Further speeches by past and current co-workers of Tim including Professor Martin Humphries (see the ditty penned by the Manchester crew on the coach to Cardiff on the BSMB website) were eventually curtailed before Tim gave a humorous and warmly received series of acknowledgements and anecdotes from his career. With everyone sufficiently relaxed from the wine and port (!), the evening’s entertainment was provided by a ceilidh band called Cats Claws. A special mention to the Manchester trio of Professor Martin Humphries, Dr. Dave Thornton and Dr. Alan Murdoch for their most impressive commitment to lasting the longest on the dancefloor! And equally to the younger BSMB members for their enthusiasm in embracing the ‘do-si-do’ so energetically!

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Additional Information: British Society for Matrix Biology Autumn 2008
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0959-9673
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:30

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