Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a pleasure for us to invite you to the 7 Lakes Proteoglycans International Conference to be held in VARESE (ITALY) on 10 – 14 September 2017.
The Proteoglycans Conference is a biennial world meeting held in different continents, which gives the opportunity to share new results in the field in an informal meeting where experienced and young researchers can interact with outstanding experts in the Proteoglycan field.
The program addresses the key aspects of Proteoglycan biology, including their role in health and disease, as well as their importance in cell-matrix interactions and signaling, pathology and the tumor environment, especially highlighting the topics of common interest dealing with forefront and stimulating aspects of biology of the proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans. Internationally emerging issues and contributions from some of the best laboratories will be presented. The meeting will also offer a forum to young and experienced scientists engaged in research at the highest level. Specific topics have been chosen among the emerging subjects in this specific field.
The Organizing and Scientific Committees have put together internationally recognized experts as well as younger group leaders as invited speakers. The scientific program involves ten different sessions with Plenary Lectures and short poster presentations selected from the abstracts presented. In the program are scheduled several opportunities to visit the posters and meet colleagues. The Plenary Lectures and posters provide you with an update of important new knowledge of the field.
We are sure that you will enjoy very much this exciting Conference and anxiously look forward to meeting you in VARESE for an exciting and memorable scientific conference.

Alberto Passi and Nikos Karamanos

Chairs of the 7 Lakes Proteoglycans International Conference