Conferences & Awards

DGMB Conferences

Looking forward to meet you at the next annual meeting:

September 11-13, 2024


September 27-29, 2023


September 8-10, 2022

Frankfurt am Main

Other Conferences




April 9-10, 2024

BSMB 2024 Spring meeting The Dynamic Matrix : mechanics, ageing and repair

Bristol, UK

April 10-13, 2024

ASMB 2024 Workshop on Basement Membranes

Manchester, UK

June 17-19, 2024

ECM Pharmacology Congress

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 20-23, 2024

12th International Workshop on the CCN Family of Genes: Cell – Matrix Communication and Functions in Health and Disease

Oslo, Norway

June 25-28, 2024

7th TERMIS World Congress

Seattle, Washington, USA

July 6-12, 2024

GRC & GRS on Proteoglycans

Andover, New Hampshire, USA

September 24-27, 2024

Lyon, France

October 28-31, 2024

12th European Elastin Meeting

Reims, France

March 22-28, 2025

GRC & GRS on Cartilage Biology and Pathology

Pomona, California, USA

July 5-11, 2025

GRC & GRS on Collagens

New London, New Hampshire, USA

Travel Grant

The DGMB has decided to award a limited number of travel fellowships for doctoral students and young postdocs attending conferences or symposia in the field of extracellular matrix research. The requirements are:
  • You are an active doctoral student or a postdoc (up to two years) in a connective tissue group.
  • You are a member of the DGMB at the time of application.
  • You plan to visit the annual DGMB meeting or the biannual MBE meeting and want to actively participate (poster/oral presentation) in the meeting.
Deadlines and instructions for application will be sent by e-mail to DGMB members. Instructions on how to apply for DGMB membership can be found here.
To attend major international matrix biology-related meetings worldwide, please consider a membership and application for an international travel grant for young scientists of the International Society for Matrix Biology (ISMB).
If you fulfil these criteria please enclose the abstract to be presented at the meeting with a brief one page CV including degrees, oral presentations, awards and list of publications and send it to us.

DGMB Image Contest

Would you like to showcase your research? Are you proud of your histology, immunostaining, (F)ISH, EM data? Do you have some captivating images related to your recent publication that you didn’t include in the manuscript? Perhaps you’d even like to share images that capture the essence of your daily lab routine?

DGMB invites you to submit matrix-centric or lab-related images for potential display on the DGMB website banner!

Image Contest closed, but we welcome ongoing submissions for display on the DGMB website banner beyond the contest!
Thank you to everyone who submitted their images. We are thrilled to reveal the winner of the DGMB Image Contest:

Matrix network of human lung parenchyma, Muzamil Majid Khan

Explore and appreciate all the submissions.


Recent Dissertations

Here you can find recent dissertations from our members. If you also want to see your dissertation or a dissertation from your lab here just write us a quick message via the contact form.

2023, Cologne

Kristina Bubb

„Crosstalk between mitochondrial respiratory chain, metabolic signaling and cartilage homeostasis”  link

2023, Cologne

Steffen Lütke

„Characterization of new functional interactions of hemicentins within the elastin/ fibrillin microfibril network”

2023, Cologne

Laura-Marie Zimmermann

„Aortic pathomechanism induced by defined fibrillin-1 deficiency”

2023, Münster

Nourhan Hassan

„Role of the heparan sulfate proteoglycan Syndecan-1 in therapeutic resistance of breast cancer” link

2023, Cologne

Yousef Ashraf Tawfik Morcos

„Investigating the Functional Role of Asprosin, the C-terminal Propeptide of Fibrillin-1” link

2022, Cologne

Charikleia Spanou

Regulation of Bone Morphogenetic growth factor bioavailability by the extracellular matrixlink

2022, Cologne

Christin S. Adamo

Connective tissue pathways causative for cutis laxalink

Young Investigator Award

2023, Annual meeting (Münster)

Max Urbanczyk (Tübingen/Reutlingen)

„Decorin improves human pacreatic β-cell function and regulates ECM expression in vitro”

2022, Annual meeting (Frankfurt)

Nan-Peng Chen (München)

„Focal adhesion disassembly at mitotic entry”

2021, Annual meeting (Online)

Aline Zbinden (Tübingen)

„Impact of Extracellular Matrix Proteins on Pancreatic β-cell Function”

2019, Annual meeting Regensburg

Jana Riegger (Ulm)

„The functional role of chondrogenic stem / progenitor cells: Novel evidence for immunomodulatory properties and regenerative potential after cartilage injury”

2018, Annual meeting Stuttgart

Björn Bluhm (Cologne)

„MiRNAs: posttranscriptional modulators of cellular and extracellular cartilage compartments”

2017, Annual meeting Cologne

Raphael Reuten (Cologne/Copenhagen)

„The secreted extracellular matrix protein netrin-4 modulates the physico-mechanic properties of basement membranes”

2016, Annual meeting Freiburg

Jessica Morgner (Cologne)

„Integrin-linked kinase regulates the niche of quiescent epidermal stem cells”

2015, Annual meeting Münster

Emanuel Rognoni (Martinsried)

„Kindlin-1 controls Wnt and TGF-β availability to regulate cutaneous stem cell proliferation”

Poster Award

20232, Annual meeting (Münster)

Yazhou Long (München)

“Spinal and Intervertebral Disc Phenotypes in Matrilin1-4-/- Mice: Evidence of Degeneration”

Valentina Masola (Padua, Italy)

“Evaluations of the protective effects of a new solution for peritoneal dialysis”

Sai Kiran Samawar (Münster)

“Vascular Laminins Affect Seeding and Maintenance of Border Associated Macrophages in the CNS”

Philipp Barnowski (Cologne)

“Targeting of MMP-13 prevents aortic aneurysm formation in Marfan mice”

Greta Carobolante (Aviano, Italy)

“Multimerin-2 affects tumor angiogenesis impinging on the Notch and YAP/TAZ pathways”

Andrea Ximena Riscanevo (Münster)

“Collagen density determines MMP-14 activity in barrier-breaking invadopodia of breast cancer cells”

sponsored by AJP-Cell Physiology

Elisa Terenzani (Münster)

“Molecular Mechanisms of Leukocyte Extravasation across Endothelial Basement Membranes”

2022, Annual meeting (Frankfurt)

Kristina Bubb (Cologne)

“Cartilage-specific respiratory chain inactivation alters extracellular matrix homeostasis through metabolic signaling”

Tatyana Danyukova (Hamburg)

“Impaired osteoblastogenesis and extracellular matrix formation in an MBTPS2-knockout cellbased model of X-linked Osteogenesis imperfecta”

Patrizia Pollinger (Frankfurt)

“The contribution of the infrapatellar fat pad to the development of OA pain – the role of thrombospondin-4”

2021, Annual meeting (Online)

Francesco Baschieri (Villejuif, France)

“Fibroblast-tracks drive cancer cell migration across rigidity gradients”

Mélissa Dussoyer (Lyon, France)

“Proteomic characterization of skin extracellular matrix alterations in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa”

Soraia Fernandes (Brno, Czech Republic)

“Extracellular Matrix Structural and Functional Modifications during Prostate Cancer Development”

Carolin Freiburg (Cologne)

“Characterization of a novel gain of malfunction mutation in an intron of COL6A1”

Abiramy Jeyagaran (Tübingen)

“Effect of nidogen-1 on stem cell-derived glucose-responsive insulin-producing cells”

Steffen Lütke (Cologne)

“Extracellular targeting of hemicentins to the fibrillin microfibrillar network”

Franziska Lausecker (Manchester, UK)

“Identification of an altered matrix signature in kidney ageing and disease”

Sophie Liot (Lyon, France)

“Tenascin-X dynamic deposition during pancreatic carcinogenesis – towards a protective role?”

Chiara Venegoni (Milan, Italy)

“Anisotropic reorganization of the extracellular matrix is associated with transition of bladder cancer stage and grade”

Dmitri Visser (Tübingen)

“Electrospinning of collagen type I out of non-fluorinated, gentle solvent systems”

2019, Annual meeting Regensburg

Elke Pach (Cologne)

“Deletion of fibroblast MMP-14 in the skin leads to reduced melanoma growth”

Heiko Rödig (Frankfurt)

“Biglycan switches between inflammation and autophagy by binding to either CD14 or CD44”

Dominique Muschter (Regensburg)

“Sensory nervous system impacts on cartilage and subchondral bone pathology in a murine OA model”

2018, Annual meeting Stuttgart

Oliver Schneider (Stuttgart)

“Structural Characterization of Collagen VI von Willebrand factor type A domains and the functional consequences of mutations”

Sponsored by DGMB

Herimela Solomon-Degefa (Cologne)

“Structural Characterization of Collagen VI von Willebrand factor type A domains and the functional consequences of mutations”

Sponsored by DGMB

Melanie Föll (Freiburg)

“Identification of tissue damage, extracellular matrix remodeling and bacterial challenge as common mechanisms associated with high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma”

Sponsored by DGMB

Stefanie Heumüller (Cologne)

“C-terminal proteolytic processing of collagen VI α3 chain: Endotrophin is released in fragments of different size”

Sponsored by Schweizer Gesellschaft für Matrixbiologie (SSMB)

Louise Tzung-Harn Hsieh (Frankfurt/Main)

„A novel biological function of soluble biglycan: Induction of erythropoietin production and polycythemia”

Sponsored by Schweizer Gesellschaft für Matrixbiologie (SSMB)

Eva Brauchle (Stuttgart)

“Identification of glycosaminoglycans in extracellular matrix of human tumor tissues”

Sponsored by Renishaw

Mugdha Sawant (Cologne)

“Keratin 5 threonin 150 phosphorylation is linked to epidermolysis bullosa simplex and regulates filament assembly and cellular function”

Sponsored by Greiner Bio-One

Kaori Sugiyama (Tsukuba, Japan/Tübingen)

“Label-free Raman imaging of elastic fibers in diseased and healthy mouse aortic tissues”

Sponsored by Universitätsklinikum Tübingen

2017, Annual meeting Cologne

Maria Benito-Jardón (Valencia)

„The FN synergy site re-enforces cell adhesion and mediates a crosstalk between integrin classes”

Anna Otte (Kiel)

„In vivo inhibition of metalloprotease meprin beta in fibrotic disease”

Tatjana Holzer (Cologne)

„Mitochondrial dysfunction impairs juvenile growth plate integrity and induces growth plate closure”

2016, Annual meeting Freiburg

Helen Burow (Tübingen)

„Role of netrins and their receptors in disseminated breast cancer cells in the human bone marrow”

Tobias Kühl (Freiburg)

„Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Therapy for Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa”

Yasemin Üstün (Cologne)

„Deletion of the epidermis derived laminin γ1 chain leads to defects in the regulation of late hair morphogenesis”

2015, Annual meeting Münster

Taslima Nahar (Heidelberg)

“Role of the LIM-domain protein zyxin in stretch-induced arterial remodeling”

Augusto Martins Lima (Münster)

“Density and interface immobilization of integrin ligands determine their function as agonist or antagonist”

Alexandra Zuk (Cologne)

“In vivo consequences of dominant negative effects on the fibrillin microfibrillar network”

Oral Award

2023, Annual meeting (Münster)

Arianna Parnigoni (Uppsala, Sweden/Varese, Italy)

“HAS2-AS1 is a new multi-faced regulator of triple-negative breast cancer cells metabolism”

Lena Kampen (Berlin)

“Role of cell surface glycosaminoglycans in the cellular uptake of citrate-coated iron oxide nanoparticles”

2022, Annual meeting (Frankfurt)

Wyonna D. Rindt (Würzburg)

“Study of the involvement of single ECM molecules in multiple myeloma bone disease”

2021, Annual meeting (Online)

Christin Adamo (Cologne)

“Effects of EMILIN-1 deficiency on collagen homeostasis”

Syrine Arif (Québec, Canada)

“Extracellular matrix composition during wound healing dictates the diffusion of microvesicles derived from myofibroblasts”

Jessica Morgner (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“Lamb1-Dendra2 – a new mouse model sheds light on breast cancer basement membrane dynamics”

Muthu L. Muthu (Montreal, Canada)

“Sex specific role of fibrillin-1 in adipose tissue development and function”

Sunaina Suranay (London, UK)

“The tyrosine phosphatase LAR acts as a membrane receptor for the nidogen-tetanus toxin complex”

Dick Heinegard European Young Investigator Award

2022, MBE Meeting, Florence

Julian Nüchel (Cologne)

„Novel insights into ECM component secretion via conventional and unconventional routes”

2018, MBE Meeting, Manchester

Raphael Reuten (Copenhagen)

„Modulating the physico-mechanical properties of basement membranes through the extracellular-matrix protein netrin-4”

Rupert Timpl Award

2016, Matrix Biology Europe, Athens

Alexander Nyström (Freiburg)

“Delineation of disease modifiers allows for treatment of basement membrane-linked skin disorders”

2012, FECTS and ISMB Joint Meeting, Katowice

Thordur Oskarsson (Heidelberg)

“Breast cancer cells produce tenascin C as a metastatic niche component to colonize the lungs”

2010, FECTS Davos

Anika Lange (Martinsried)

“Integrin-linked kinase is an adaptor with essential functions during mouse development”