International Society of Hyaluronan Sciences (ISHAS)
www.ISHAS.ORG

At the initiative of Endre A. Balazs and Vincent C. Hascall, at an international meeting on hyaluronan held in Cleveland Ohio, USA in October 2003, twelve senior scientists at the meeting held a round table discussion and agreed on the formation of the International Society of Hyaluronan Sciences (ISHAS). Endre A. Balazs and Vincent C. Hascall incorporated the Society on October 4, 2004.

Twenty-three senior scientists from seven countries, all working on hyaluronan, were selected as Founding Members. Torvard Laurent, one of the Founders, was asked to be the Society’s first President. Endre Balazs was elected second President from 2007-2011; Paul Weigel was elected third President from 2012-2015.

The Founding Members of ISHAS also decided that the meeting in Cleveland should be regarded as the 1st International Meeting of ISHAS. The following are the 23 Founding Members:

Giovanni Abatangelo, Ph.D. Dipartimento di Istologia Microbiologia e Biotecnologie Mediche/Sezione Istologia e Embriologia Padova, ITALY
Endre A. Balazs, M.D. Chairman of the Board Matrix Biology Institute Edgewater, NJ USA Malcolm P. Aldrich Research Professor Emeritus College of Physicians & Surgeons Columbia University New York, NY USA
Mary Cowman, Ph.D. Professor of Biochemistry Dept. of Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering Polytechnic University Brooklyn, NY USA
Anthony J. Day, Ph.D. Professor of Biochemistry Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Janet Denlinger, Ph.D. President Matrix Biology Institute Edgewater, NJ USA
Timothy Hardingham, Ph.D. Director UK Centre For Tissue Engineering Universities of Manchester & Liverpool Manchester, UK
Vincent C. Hascall, Ph.D. Dept. of Biomedical Engineering The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH USA
Koji Kimata, Ph.D. Professor and Director Institute of Molecular Science Aichi Medical University Nagakute, Aichi, JAPAN New York, NY USA
Cheryl Knudson, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Greenville, NC USA
Warren Knudson, Ph.D. Professor Dept. of Pathology and Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Greenville, NC USA
Torvard Laurent, M.D., Ph.D. Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology University of Uppsala Uppsala SWEDEN
Ulla Laurent, M.D., Ph.D. Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology University of Uppsala Uppsala SWEDEN
Glyn O. Phillips, Ph.D., DSc, Hon DSc, FRSC Executive Chairman Phillips Hydrocolliods Research Ltd. Cardiff Wales UK
Peter Prehm, Ph.D. Professor Münster University Hospital Dept. of Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry Münster GERMANY
Glenn Prestwich, Ph.D. Presidential Professor Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT USA
John Scott, Ph.D. Chemical Morphology Manchester University Medical School Manchester UK
John Sheehan, Ph.D. Cystic Fibrosis Center University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC USA
Robert Stern, M.D. Professor Dept. of Pathology School of Medicine University of California San Francisco, CA USA
Bryan Toole, Ph.D. Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC USA
Eva Turley, Ph.D. Senior Scientist Dept. of Oncology London Regional Cancer Center London, Ontario CANADA
Paul Weigel, Ph.D. Professor and Chairman Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK USA
Charles Weiss, M.D. Chairman, Emeritus Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami Beach, FL USA
Thomas Wight, Ph.D. Dept. of Vascular Biology The Hope Heart Institute Seattle, WA USA