The 4th Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium

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Mon Oct 12 13:35:51 EST 1998

The 4th Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium

Invitation to participate

The 4th Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium is to be hosted by
The Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand at the Millennium
Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand, November 15-19, 1999. All scientists,
veterinarians and clinicians with an interest in basic and applied connective
tissue biology are cordially invited to attend this important meeting to
herald a new era of connective tissue research and its application in the 21

The theme of the meeting is:

Connective Tissue Biology in the New Millennium:
Towards Future Therapies and Applications.

 and aims to cover all major aspects of future trends in connective tissue
biology including:

- The cellular, molecular and functional biology of ECM.
- Collagens: Structure, regulation and metabolism.
- Proteoglycans: Structure, regulation and metabolism.
- Fibronectin, Elastin and glycoproteins of the ECM.
- Basement membranes: Molecular, cellular and functional biology.
- The role of cell surface receptors in ECM assembly and signalling.
- Matrix regulation of cellular behaviour in development and degeneration.
- Cytokines, growth factors and modulators of ECM in health and disease.
- Matrix proteases and inhibitors in health and disease.
- In Vitro and In Vivo models of ECM research.
- Aging and connective tissues: implications for repair.
- Patho-physiology of the ECM and the therapeutic use of connective tissues
- Genetic and molecular regulation of heritable connective tissues disorders.
- Clinical applications of connective tissue biology.
- Industrial recovery and application of connective tissues.
- Production and application of bio-engineered connective tissues and

This is the first time a major connective tissue conference of this type has
been held in New Zealand, and it provides a unique opportunity to visit this
popular destination. Queenstown is located amongst spectacular mountain
scenery in New Zealand's South Island, and is often described as the
adventure capital of New Zealand. It offers a vast array of outdoor
activities from world class golf courses to the world's first bungy jump,
>From the finest trout fishing in the world to the Fiordland World Heritage

A complete range of accommodation options is also available from backpackers
and family units through to group apartments and hotel penthouses. Queenstown
can be directly accessed via international flights into Auckland, Wellington
or Christchurch, with direct flights available from Sydney. A range of pre-
and post- conference tour options will also be available. Ample opportunity
will be provided in the conference timetable for extracurricular activities
in the Queenstown area, and an exciting programme of events will be available
for accompanying guests.

The Challengers Series for the defence of the America's Cup will be contested
in Auckland during this period, and provides an additional opportunity for
those interested in sailing to participate in this international sporting
competition. And of course for those with the millennium in mind, New Zealand
will be the first country to welcome the dawning of this new era.

All students, scientists, clinicians and businesses with an interest in both
basic and applied connective tissue biology are encouraged to register their
interest in obtaining  circular details by contacting

CONTIO Management Ltd,
PO Box 25 297, St. Heliers,
Auckland, New Zealand.
Telephone: +64 9 528 1655.
Facsimile: +64 9 528 1656.
e-mail: contio at

Further information can be obtained from the PPCTSS web page at .This site will be regularly updated with
information on the conference, is linked to other valuable sites offering
information on New Zealand as a destination, and will provide the opportunity
for on-line registration for this important regional symposium.

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