NFB Researchers Awarded for Presentations at Matrix Biology Ireland Meeting

1st December 2014

NUI Galway hosted the First Annual Meeting of Matrix Biology Ireland (MBI) in the University’s new Bioscience Building the 19-21 November. This inaugural meeting represents the formal launch of Matrix Biology Ireland, which has recently been established as a learned society, with the scope of promoting and consolidating knowledge and expertise in the Extracellular Matrix field in Ireland.

Two researchers from the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) won awards at the event. Grazia Marsico, a PhD student, received the Best Podium Presentation award for her talk titled “Glycocalyx and ECM glycans modification in a murine model of critical limb ischemia”. Dr Pramod Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher, was awarded the Best Poster award for his poster titled “Modulation of corneal fibroblasts in vitro microenvironment using tissue engineering by self-assembly approach for corneal stroma tissue regeneration”.

The NFB had a strong presence at the meeting with eleven researchers giving podium presentations and six presenting posters. In Ireland, and particularly in NUI Galway, there is a considerable level of expertise Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Developmental Biology, Drug delivery and Medical Device research, Imaging and Microscopy, and Glycobiology. Understanding the biology of the Extracellular Matrix is an essential component in these diverse fields. This makes the study of the Extracellular Matrix a useful complement to several highly rated national and local research groups.

The meeting provided a platform to encourage both national and international interdisciplinary exchange in the field of Matrix Biology with world class speakers coming to Galway, including industry speakers and world authorities in the Matrix and related fields. The meeting also offered the opportunity to many junior investigators to present their work with a podium presentation in front of a highly qualified audience.