The British Society for Matrix Biology – for scientists with an interest in the extracellular matrix.
The extracellular matrix is of fundamental importance for the physiology of multicellular organisms. It consists of collagens, proteoglycans and many other glycoproteins. These molecules are secreted by cells residing within connective tissues and organs of the body. The extracellular matrix provides structural support for the cells, as well as influencing important processes such as cell migration, proliferation and differentiation. Scientists studying the extracellular matrix come from diverse backgrounds, and work in universities, hospitals and industry. The British Society for Matrix Biology was formed to provide a forum for scientists with an interest in the extracellular matrix and to promote research and education in this field.
The BSMB is an affiliated member of the: