Joint Conference - ECMage and CELLO ageing networks

Opportunities for intervention across the socioeconomic spectrum in cellular metabolism and extracellular matrix ageing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Opening of The Spine in the Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool on 21 May 2021. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.

We are delighted to confirm details of our joint meeting with the CELLO ageing network.  The meeting will be held at  Space at the Spine | Spaces at the Spine in Liverpool, from 10.00 am (with registration, 10.30 am talks commence) to 3.30 pm on Friday 14 June 2024. The venue is close to the University of Liverpool buildings and a 15-minute walk from Lime Street station, details here: How to find us | Spaces at the Spine.   The conference will comprise talks from CELLO and ECMage members, as well as invited guest speakers, is FREE to attend, and we offer travel bursaries for ECRs and returners (see registration form and Home – ECMage ( for details). As spaces are limited, we do ask that you are sure to attend or give us plenty of notice if you are unable to attend once registered.  We are also offering the option of on-line attendance to allow everyone to join us, you can indicate your choice when registering.  Programme to follow. Please sign up here:


Biochemistry Focus ECR webinar - ECM/Redox Signalling Axis: From Cancer to Tissue Repair and Smarter Regenerative Therapies

*** The recording of this event is now available on the Biochemical Society YouTube channel here: YouTube Channel   ***

We are delighted to announce that following our recent call for speakers through the ECMage network, the following event is confirmed by the Biochemical Society to be held on 18th January 2024 from 2pm to 3 pm GMT, a webinar:

Biochemistry Focus ECR webinar – ECM/Redox Signalling Axis:  From Cancer to Tissue Repair and Smarter Regenerative Therapies

The speakers are the following ECMage network colleagues:

  • Mia Mohammed, University of Surrey
  • Tamara Zakic, University of Belgrade
  • Dr Alexander Eckersley, University of Manchester
  • Dr Abhishek Mahajan, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre-Liverpool

This webinar will be chaired by Dr Vanja Pekovic-Vaughan, University of Liverpool, ECMage Mechanisms and Interventions Theme Lead

Register with the Biochemical Society here:  Registration (




Joint Network Meeting ECMage/BLAST and lifETIME CDT 'Young leaders in interdisciplinary ageing science' 31 January 2024

We are delighted to announce our next Joint Networks meeting.  The event will be held on 31 January 2024 with the BLAST ageing network and the lifETIME CDT at the Edgbaston Park Hotel, University of Birmingham.   Registration is open,  please use this link to register.

The Extracellular Matrix Network (ECMage) and the Building Links in Ageing Science and Technology Network (BLAST) Ageing Networks have partnered with the lifETIME CDT – Engineering underpinning medicine (  to bring together a multidisciplinary networking conference.  We aim to create an environment where ideas and knowledge can be shared to create, design, and accelerate therapeutic discoveries.  The shared event on 31 January is the middle day of the conference for doctoral students and their partners.

The joint event commences at 10.30 am with registration on Wednesday 31 January and will comprise 10-minute presentations from ageing network members, along with a CDT student talk and two invited keynote talks. We will also facilitate a sandpit discussion focused on equality, diversity, and inclusivity during the afternoon session.  The event will take place at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre which is located on the University of Birmingham campus. The venue is two miles from Birmingham City Centre, with direct train routes to the University station. Information about the venue is available here and the Google map link can also be found here.  The lifetime CDT meeting will commence on 30th January through to the 1st February.

This joint meeting is free to attend, from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm, Registration is here.  Registration closing date is 8th December 2023.

Call for abstracts

We invite abstracts for the 10 minute oral presentations (8 min plus 2 min) and posters.  Please forward your abstract (up to 300 words) to  by 24th November 2023 on topics relevant to any area of extracellular matrix ageing, and indicate which theme your talk might be most aligned to from the following:

‘Mechanisms and Interventions’

‘Advanced Technologies’

‘Computational models’

‘Tissue Engineering and Novel In Vitro Models’



‘Chemical Engineering’

Note that in the case of the last three categories, the technology/technique may not yet have been applied to extracellular matrix ageing, but must be applicable to it.

You may also suggest a theme we have not covered.

Please use the the form, with details here  to submit your abstract to

Network Meeting at BSMB Liverpool Meeting, 13 September 2022

Our satellite event at the Liverpool Meeting of the British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB) in September was an excellent opportunity for our members to connect, reconnect and enjoy presentations from David Gunn and Marian Guelakis of Unilever and Professor Mike Sherratt of the University of Manchester.  The ‘sandpit’ event with discussions around key aspects of ageing, matrix biology, chronobiology, AI/computational modelling and tissue engineering generated terrific discussion and ideas for collaborative projects and towards applications for our first pump priming awards.

CIMA/ECMage Network Meeting 27 January 2023, York

The ECMage Ageing Network came together with the Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) for a joint meeting in January.  CIMA’s goal is to address the impact of ageing on the musculoskeletal system as  whole and to increase research capacity in this important field of research. Focusing the day on ECM ageing was ideal for bringing both our network and the CIMA together to hear fabulous talks and to brainstorm project ideas during the afternoon sandpit session.

There were presentations ranging from ‘Extracellular vesicle origin, mode of action and efficacy in regenerative orthopaedics’, ‘Engineered 3D-printed vascularised hydrogels for efficient presentation of growth factors’ to ‘Effect of donor age on secretion of extracellular proteins by equine mesenchymal stromal cells’.   The afternoon sandpit session focused everyone on finding gaps in research, and to use these ideas to focus on collaborating on planning projects for our pump priming awards and for other external awards. See the full programme is here: