13th ICCBMT Conference                                                                 October 20-25, 2019

Dear Conference Participants -

 

We warmly welcome you to the 13th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues (13th ICCBMT) being held at Fairmont le Chateau Montebello in Montebello, Quebec, Canada.

 

From 177 registered participants we received more than 140 abstracts from 11 countries, from which an oral program of more than 50 speakers was established through peer-review of the abstracts by our Scientific Advisory Board members.  The poster sessions contain almost 90 presentations, with close to a third of these also being presented as short "flash" talks (again, selected by SAB peer-review).  Also, our fundraising enabled us to allocate a substantial number of Young Investigator Awards ($US1,000 each) to 35 trainee presenters to offset the cost of their attending the conference.

 

We hope that you will enjoy the exchange of scientific results and ideas, discussions with colleagues and friends, beautiful surroundings, and leisure activities at our conference location nestled in the heart of scenic Montebello village.  The iconic hotel hosting the conference is one of Canada's historic Grand Railway Hotels, and is known for it's rustic charm and architecture, being the world's largest "log cabin."  At the time of the conference in October, the tree leaves should be bursting with a spectrum of autumn colours.

 

On behalf of the ICCBMT Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board, we welcome you to the 13th ICCBMT conference in Montebello, Quebec, Canada.

                                                                                Conference Co-organizers

                                  Marc McKee                                Dobrawa Napierala                                 Steve Weiner

2019 Eve and Arthur Veis Plenary Speaker
     
Bjorn R. Olsen, MD, PhD
Dean for Research and Professor of Developmental Biology
Hersey Professor of Cell Biology
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA


Title: Cellular and molecular mechanisms in biomineralized tissue formation – lessons from genetic studies in humans and mice

Dr. Bjorn Olsen has made major contributions to the fields of extracellular matrix biology, genetics, and cell and developmental biology. These contributions have earned him international recognition and acclaim. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Olsen has made groundbreaking contributions to research into the roles of the extracellular matrix in embryonic development, and skeletal and vascular cell and molecular biology.

His research has furthered our understanding of diseases from dwarfism to congenital vascular anomalies, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, corneal dystrophy and retinal degeneration. His studies have uncovered fundamental roles of collagens, transcription factors, and receptors that affect not only skeletal development, but also angiogenesis and blood vessel morphogenesis. 

13th ICCBMT Administrative and Logistics Conference Organization Committee

 

Cathrine Ferrie, Manon Fournel, Natalie Reznikov, Harvey Goldberg, Marc McKee, Dobrawa Napierala and Steve Weiner

The ICCBMT conferences adhere to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for its participants. Women, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from racial and ethnic groups (amongst other minority groups), are underrepresented in the sciences, and are encouraged to attend.  Appropriate representation will be considered during the selection of abstracts for oral and poster presentations, and during the allocation of Travel Awards and Diversity Travel Awards.