We provide a forum for scientists to promote the understanding of the extracellular matrix

News & Publications

Schäfer N, Grässel S.
New refinements aim to optimize articular cartilage tissue engineering.
5 Jan 2023, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36604597/

Spanou CES, Wohl AP, Doherr S, Correns A, Sonntag N, Lütke S, Mörgelin M, Imhof T, Gebauer JM, Baumann U, Grobe K, Koch M, Sengle G.
Targeting of bone morphogenetic protein complexes to heparin/heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycans in bioactive conformation.
1 Jan 2023, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36563024/

Urbanczyk M, Jeyagaran A, Zbinden A, Lu CE, Marzi J, Kuhlburger L, Nahnsen S, Layland SL, Duffy G, Schenke-Layland K.
Decorin improves human pancreatic β-cell function and regulates ECM expression in vitro.
30 Dec 2022, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36592738/

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September 27-29, 2023

Annual Meeting of the German Society for Matrix Biology

The main goals of the German Society for Matrix Biology are:

Support Research

Support research using molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology methods in order to analyse the function of the extracellular matrix


Offer a forum for scientific discussions and education especially by organizing an annual meeting for the members of the society

Expand Interaction

Facilitate the interaction between basic scientist and clinicians to analyse the relevance of the extracellular matrix for connective tissue diseases

Encourage Young Scientists

Encourage young scientists to participate actively in the society and support their academic career development

Promote Clinical Research

Promote the clinical research by interdisciplinary collaborations and joint research programs

Scientific Exchange

Maintain an active scientific exchange with the national and international Societies of Matrix Biology and other scientific organisations and organize joint meetings.


The German Society for Matrix Biology organizes an annual meeting with outstanding scientist to promote the scientific exchange and provide a forum for scientists to discuss the latest results in connective tissue research. Please follow the link Conferences to get further information on the upcoming meetings.
Furthermore, the society actively promotes the career of most talented young scientists by awarding the following prices at the annual meeting of the society:

Young Investigator Award

for outstanding scientific work of PhD students and young post docs (up to 5 years).

Poster Award

for the professional presentation of an ongoing excellent scientific work.

Rupert Timpl Award

This award is given biannually by the ISMB.

Dick Heinegard European Young Investigator Award

This award is given biannually by MBE.

Are you a doctoral student or young postdoc and wish to attend conferences in the field of extracellular matrix?

Extracellular Matrix

Connective tissue – also known as extracellular matrix is found in all tissue of the body and fulfils multiple functions.
Besides acting as a structural component the extracellular matrix acts as an extracellular footprint for cells to interact with their environment and subsequently modulate tissue development, homeostasis and degradation.
The complexity of the extracellular matrix in different tissues reflects the need for diversity to from all different types of tissues. Acquired or inherited changes in the composition of the extracellular matrix can cause mild to severe human diseases.
The German Society for Matrix Biology therefore supports basic and clinical research to promote the understanding of these diseases.

Become a Member of the German Society for Matrix Biology