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:

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 on this page Bursary – ECMage (  to submit your abstract to