About Us

Our Charter

The charter of the MBSANZ is to foster research on all aspects of the extracellular matrix of connective tissues. With over 100 members, the society embraces a broad spectrum of scientific interests including:

  • the physical, chemical and structural analysis of matrix macromolecules
  • the identification of mutations in matrix molecules which cause disease
  • mechanisms of regulating matrix synthesis, assembly and degradation
  • and the biology of cell-matrix and matrix-matrix interactions and their roles in modulating development and cellular expression.

Message from the President

Welcome to the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ)! Our Society has a long, distinguished history of serving our entire region's research communities with a focus on the structure, function and applications of the extracellular matrix. This is so important to understanding how tissues function. The extracellular matrix is closely connected with development, maintenance, disease and trauma, and tissue repair. I encourage you to participate in our very active community – through our networking, awards, and our annual conference. Please explore our website and contact us if you have any questions!

Professor Chris Little
President, MBSANZ

Executive Committee

Role Name
President Professor Chris Little, University of Sydney
Vice President Professor Eleanor Mackie, University of Melbourne
Secretary Dr Sue McGlashan, University of Auckland
Treasurer Dr Megan Lord, University of New South Wales
Vice Treasurer Dr Thomas Cox, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Public Officer Dr Shireen Lamande, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Immediate Past President Professor Tony Weiss, University of Sydney
Contact secretary: Sue McGlashan

Past Presidents

Past Presidents of the society include:

1975 - 1976 Barry Preston

1977 - 1979 Bob Fraser

1980 - 1982 Dennis Lowther

1983 - 1984 Peter Ghosh

1985 Michael Flint

1986 - 1988 Ted Cleary

1989 - 1990 Bill Cole

1991 - 1993 Barry Preston

1994 - 1996 John Bateman

1997 - 1999 Tony Poole

2000 - 2002 Rik Thompson

2003 - 2004 Margaret Smith

2005 - 2006 Greg Harper

2007 - 2008 Shireen Lamande

2009 - 2011 John Whitelock

2012 - 2013 Amanda Fosang

2014 – 2016 Tony Weiss

2017 – present Chris Little

MBSANZ Constitution

To view a copy of the Society's Constitution please click here.