VII Nordic Connective Tissue Meeting

Welcome to the VII Nordic Connective Tissue Society Meeting in Helsinki, Finland in October 2-3, 2014.

The aim of this meeting is to gather a wide attendance of researchers from all Nordic countries and beyond, at all career stages, from PhD students to experienced senior scientists who are interested in various aspects of matrix biology. On behalf of the organizing committee we wish all participants most warmly welcome to Helsinki to join the Nordic matrix community for a couple of days.The meeting place is the historical House of Science and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki) in Helsinki city centre.Scientific programWe have built an exciting meeting with wide range of scientific talks from distinguished speakers in the matrix field including two keynote lectures given by Irma Thesleff, University of Helsinki (Opening lecture) and Patrik Önnerfjord, University of Lund (Dick Heinegård Memory lecture). Several short talks will be selected from abstracts. Click the icons below to download the updated program or pdf-file at the bottom of the page.


Register to the meeting using this online registration service at HERE. Registration fee for all participants is 90 euros. The fee includes access to conference, poster sessions and exhibition, as well as coffee and refreshments during the breaks and poster sessions. The registration fee should be paid to the account of the Finnish Connective Tissue Society. See details for the payment below:

Danske Bank

IBAN: FI4580001501200472


Reference number: 6295

Extended deadline for the registration (without abstract) is September 15th, 2014.


Abstracts (whole text limit 350 words) can be downloaded from the registration page. The deadline for the poster abstracts is extended until September 1st, 2014. Several short talks will be selected from all of the submitted abstracts. Poster stands are 98x118 cm in size.


Two awards will be forwarded for young scientists, one for the best poster and another for the best oral presentation.

Conference dinner

The conference banquet/dinner will be organized on Thursday October 2nd at 19 pm in the historical restaurant Katajanokan Kasino in Helsinki city centre on the seaside (Laivastokatu 1, 00160 Helsinki). The dinner, 70 euros, should be paid to the account of the Finnish Connective Tissue Society using the same reference number 6295 as for the registeration fee.

Travelling to Helsinki

Helsinki is easily accessible from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm by economic flights offered by Finnair, Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Airlines. It is also possible to “step on board” from Stockholm and arrive to Viking Line terminal in Katajanokka or to Silja Line terminal in South Harbour, both located at 1-1,5 km distance from the conference venue.


Participants (except the invited speakers) should arrange the accommodation by themselves. Several hotels and hostels, prices starting from 50 euros upwards, can be found in Helsinki City centre, also near the conference venue at Kruunuhaka and dinner restaurant at Katajanokka using the common search engines.

More information of the meeting from

Jarmo Käpylä (chair), University of Turku ( or

Ritva Heljasvaara (secretary), University of Oulu (

Organizing Committee

· Jarmo Käpylä (chair), University of Turku

· Ritva Heljasvaara, University of Oulu

· Marko Hyytiäinen, University of Helsinki

· Jarkko Koivunen, University of Oulu

· Katri Koli, University of Helsinki

· Mikko Lammi, University of Eastern Finland

· Kaisa Lehti, University of Helsinki

· Minna Männikkö, University of Oulu

· Liisa Nissinen, University of Turku

· Sanna Pasonen-Seppänen, University of Eastern Finland

· Piia Takabe, University of Eastern Finland

Nordic Contact Persons/Scientific advisors

· Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt, University of Lund, Sweden

· Donald Gullberg, University of Oslo, Norway

· Katja Heinemeir, Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen

Support and sponsors

We acknowledge the organizations and biotech companies for financial support.

· Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

· BioTop

· AH Diagnostics

· Essen Bioscience

· Nordic BioSite

· Immuno Diagnostic Oy

· BioNordica

· Sarstedt

· Sigma-Aldrich

· Thermo Scientific

· Fisher Scientific

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