Guest Societies and Special Interest Sessions

Guest Societies

ASMB is pleased to welcome the following Guest Societies who will host sessions at the ASMB Biennial Meeting. The detailed schedule of speakers can be found in the ASMB Program.

Sunday, November 8

Guest Symposium I:  The Eyes Have It: Glaucoma and the Influence of ECM

More information on this session coming soon.

Guest Symposium II:  The Histochemical Society:  GIS for ECM: Mapping Quantitative Data into an Anatomical Context

Histochemistry is the science of identifying biomolecules in context of biological structures. The science is moving from qualitative and descriptive to quantitative and precise yet we lack good ways of describing molecules or markers in the context of spatial relationships. For example, we can measure immune cells but we struggle with quantitative descriptors of their place relative to important anatomical structures such as blood vessels. This session will address new advances in this arena. Speakers will talk about data analytics in context of geospatial descriptors then have 3 additional talks from biologists (anatomists, pathologists, physiologists, etc.) who are working with spatial mapping of quantitative data within biological systems.

Tuesday, November 10

Guest Symposium III:  Tissue Engineering International and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS) Americas

TERMIS brings together the international community of persons engaged or interested in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, promoting International Education and Collaboration for the Advancement of Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine. This TERMIS-sponsored session will feature young and international scholars that work at the interface of tissue engineering and matrix biology. Topics covered will have a range of applications but will focus at this interface. More information on the session coming soon. 

Special Interest Sessions

ASMB is pleased to offer the following  Special Interest Sessions organized by trainees.

Sunday, November 8, 2:45pm

SIS 1: Not Just Tissue Inhibitors of Metalloproteinases (TIMPs)

Organizer: David Peeney, National Cancer Institute

Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) are a family of endogenous proteins that were initially defined by their ability to inhibit the enzymatic activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the major mediators of extracellular matrix (ECM) breakdown and turnover. In turn, this function of TIMPs makes them important regulators of ECM structure. However, since their original discovery additional MMP-independent functions have been attributed to TIMP family members leading to their designation as multifunctional proteins, with discrete functional domains. However, despite their multi-functional abilities, TIMPs are routinely confined to the ontology of metalloproteinase inhibition by researchers. The aim of this Special Interest Session is to provide a deeper insight into the biological activities of TIMP family members, and how their regulation and therapeutic targeting can modulate ECM structure and function. 

Monday, November 9, 2:30pm 

SIS 2: Novel Regulators of Vascular Remodeling and Matrix Assembly

Organizer: Matthew Scott, LSU Shreveport

Extracellular matrix structure and composition regulates multiple aspects of cardiovascular function, including vascular development, tissue remodeling, and pathogenic changes in cell phenotype. For instance, fibronectin deposition has been observed in atherosclerosis-prone regions of the aorta and carotid arteries, where it is involved in the inflammatory response. Fibronectin has also been detected within atherosclerotic plaques, where it is deposited by vascular smooth muscle cells in a manner regulated by EphA2, a receptor tyrosine kinase. Matrix assembly/disassembly is a complex process involving a variety of proteins, including matricellular proteins (i.e. thrombospondins) and metalloproteases (i.e. ADAMTS family). This special interest session will explore some of the novel regulators of vascular ECM remodeling and matrix assembly.

Wednesday, November 11, 11:30am

SIS 3: ECM Characterization Modalities  

Organizers: Lauren Schmitt and Maxwell McCabe, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The extracellular matrix (ECM) governs a wide range of biological processes including cell differentiation, wound healing, and fibrosis. Knowledge of ECM composition and architecture is critical to fields ranging from biomedical to biomaterials science. However, due to the high degree of modification and insolubility of most ECM proteins, data regarding the ECM proteome is sparse. This session will address new techniques and tools that have been developed to provide improved analysis of the ECM. Several speakers will focus on mass spectrometry-based analysis of the ECM while others will focus on IHC and bioengineering approaches.