Welcome to the Virtual HA 2021 Meeting!

Please join us for this two-day event highlighting the latest studies on hyaluronan science.

The meeting will include five scientific sessions, a keynote address from Dr. Gijsje Koenderink, the Rooster Prize presentation and talk, the Endre Balazs and Janet Denlinger Award presentation, student and post-doc awards, and a networking session for trainees.  

Online registration and abstract submissions open on March 1.   Abstracts must be submitted by May 1.

MONDAY, 14 June

(Sessions start at 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time each day)


Rooster Prize Presentation and Talk


Keynote Presentation

Chair: Ralf Richter
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Speaker: Gijsje Koenderink 
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Biophysics of hyaluronan across scales


Session 1: HA Metabolism and Synthesis

Chair: Soma Meran
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Speaker: Alberto Passi
School of Medicine, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
The hard work of controlling hyaluronan synthesis

Plus: talks selected from submitted abstracts


Session 2: HA in Signaling and Cell Biology

Chair: Eva Turley
Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada 

Speaker: Raphaël RodriguezInstitut
National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Paris, France
CD44 mediates metal uptake and regulates cancer progression

Plus: talks selected from submitted abstracts


Poster viewing

TUESDAY, 15 June


Networking and panel discussion session for trainees


Session 3: HA in Stem cells, Development, and Aging 

Chair: Barbara Triggs-Raine
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Speaker: Andrew Dillin
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California USA
The unexpected role of TMEM2 and hyaluronan in ER stress and aging

Plus: talks selected from submitted abstracts


Session 4: HA in Disease

Chair: Melanie Simpson
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Speaker: David Lyden 
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York, USA
Tumor-derived CEMIP promotes brain metastasis

Speaker: Alexandra Donlan1 and Tara Sutherland2
1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
2University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
IL-13 is the driver of HA biosynthesis underpinning severity of COVID-19

Plus: talks selected from submitted abstracts


Session 5: Advances in HA Biotechnology

Chair: Anna Plaas 
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Speaker: Jennifer Curtis
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Hyaluronan forces in cell adhesion probed with tunable glycocalyx

Plus: talks selected from submitted abstracts


Endre Balazs and Janet Denlinger Award presentation


Student and post-doc awards presentation

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