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The Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) and the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ) are two leading scientific societies focused on the fundamental biological and biochemical mechanisms involved in wound healing and tissue repair and their application in the clinic, as well as the roles of the extracellular matrix in biology and pathology.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 12th Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium in conjunction with the scientific meetings of the AWTRS and MBSANZ will be held in Melbourne in November 2020.  The meeting will be at the University of Melbourne, which is in the heart of the prestigious and internationally renowned Biomedical Precinct that delivers outstanding patient care, cutting edge research and fundamental discoveries and training of some of the country’s brightest minds, leading to significant economic value to Victoria and Australia.

This website will be kept up to date with all the latest news about the symposium program, speakers, registration, abstract submission and much more, so please bookmark this page for future reference. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in November 2020.


Invited Speaker Profile

Professor Lim is the inaugural NUS Society Professor, Founding Principal Investigator of the Mechanobiology Institute as well as Director of the Institute of Health Innovation & Technology at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include mechanobiology of human diseases and collective cell migration. Prof Lim has authored more than 400 journal papers including in Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Chemical Reviews, Advanced Materials and PNAS.  He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, the International Academy for Medical & Biological Engineering, the Academy of Engineering, Singapore as well as elected member of the World Council of Biomechanics. He currently sits on the editorial boards of more than 20 international journals.  He is also cofounder of 6 spinoffs which are commercializing technologies developed in his lab.  Prof Lim and his team have garnered more than 100 research awards and honors including the Highly Cited Researcher 2019, HFSP Award 2018,  International Precision Medicine Center Conference Prize 2017, Asian Scientist 100 in 2016, ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2016, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) 2012, President’s Technology Award 2011 and the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010, 2016 among others.

Conference Chairs
Professor John Whitelock, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Dr Brooke Farrugia, The University of Melbourne

Organising Committee
A/Professor Larisa Haupt, Queensland University of Technology
A/Professor Pritinder Kaur, Curtin University
Dr Zlatko Kopecki, University of South Australia
A/Professor Megan Lord, University of New South Wales Sydney