Take a number 2Lab News

Keep up with what's happening in the lab! Here we highlight any significant events that have been going on from conferences, to publications, to new staff!


January - March 2018

  • Cover 2018 Klingberg JCSNew publication: Pakshir, P. and Hinz, B., (2018): The big five in fibrosis: macrophages, myofibroblasts, matrix, mechanics, and miscommunication. Matrix Biology
  • New publication: Walraven, M. and Hinz, B., (2018): New therapeutic approaches to control tissue repair and fibrosis: extracellular matrix as a game changer. Matrix Biology
  • New publication: Klingberg F, Chau G, Walraven M, Boo S, Koehler A, Chow ML, Olsen AL, Im M, Lodyga M, Wells RG, White ES, Hinz B. (2018) The ED-A domain enhances the capacity of fibronectin to store latent TGF-? binding protein-1 in the fibroblast matrix. Journal of Cell Science.
  • New publication: Sun, M., Ishii, R., Okumura, K., Krauszman, A., Breitling, S., Gomez, O., Hinek, A., Boo, S., Hinz, B., Connelly, K., Kuebler, W.M., Friedberg. M.K. (2018): Experimental right ventricular hypertension induces regional ?1 integrin mediated transduction of hypertrophic and pro-fibrotic right and left ventricular signaling. J American Heart Association (JAHA) (e-pub ahead of print)


  • Highlights: Our publication: “The ED-A domain enhances the capacity of FN to store LTBP-1 in the fibroblast matrix” has been selected for the ‘Research Highlights’ section of the Journal of Cell Science.
  • Cover Page: And one more: “The ED-A domain enhances the capacity of FN to store LTBP-1 in the fibroblast matrix” is featured with a cover page of the Journal of Cell Science, Volume 131
  • Fibrosis Research Rocks Dentistry: The Faculty of Dentistry was awarded ~$10 million in research funds from the CFI Innovation Fund and Ontario Research Fund. The award – largest in the Faculty’s history – will create Canada’s first comprehensive state-of-the-art research hub: “The Fibrosis Network” Please check out the Newsflash on the Faculty's web page here.
  • Pardis Pakshir (selected for talk), Marielle Walraven (selected for Poster Pitch), Henna Karvonen (Poster), and Boris (invited talk) presented work of the lab at the 8th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS) and the Wound Healing Society (WHS), April 25-29, 2018, Charlotte, NC, USA.
  • Trong Shen presented at the The Regenerative Medicine Symposium (April 25-26, 2018) in the Astellas Conference Room located in the Toronto General Hospital (585 University Avenue)
  • Congrats to Gyu-Tae (Kyu) Kim for winning the first prize for the best graduate student presentation at this year´s Faculty of Dentistry’s Research Day, February 13, 2018.
  • Hello and goodbye to Sindhu Kr (PhD student from the lab of Olivier Chassande, INSERM U 1026, BIOTIS, Université de Bordeaux). Sindhu stayed with us for the month of February to investigate fibrotic cell reactions on novel hydrogels. We hope you enjoyed Winter time in Toronto!