Mark your calendar:  HA2023 June 4th-8th, 2023 at the Hilton in Portland, Oregon, USA

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 The 2023 meeting of the International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences (ISHAS) will be held in downtown Portland, Oregon from June 4 to June 8. This will be our first in-person meeting since 2019!

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  • About ISHAS
  • Mission
  • Founding Members



The International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences is organized and shall at all times be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in order to conduct the following activities, but only to the extent consistent with the other provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation and with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986:

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ISHAS Mission


To advance knowledge on the structure, function and therapeutic application of hyaluronan and its role in the structure and function of the extracellular matrix and cells;

to support scientific research on the hyaluronan molecule encompassing all 3 branches of medical sciences: basic, clinical and applied;

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Founding Members

The founding members of the Society came together during the International Hyaluronan meeting (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) in October 2003, during a round table discussion.

The Founders formally agreed to take part in the formation of the society, which was then officially incorporated by Dr. Endre Balazs and Dr. Vincent Hascall on October 4, 2004.

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We are expanding the Membership of the Society!

Apply to be a Member or Trainee Member of ISHAS

We are committed to building an inclusive international community. To that end, ISHAS is pleased to waive our membership fee for individuals who are citizens of countries outside of OECD or China.

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ISHAS Board Members 2022-2023


  • President: Anthony Day
  • President-Elect: Melanie Simpson*
  • Secretary: Timothy Bowen*
  • Treasurer: Melanie Simpson
  • Divisional VP, Applied Sciences: Glenn Prestwich
  • Divisional VP, Basic Sciences: Ralf Richter
  • Divisional VP, Clinical Sciences: Paul Bollyky
  • Temporary Officer: Stavros Garantziotis


  • Maria Grandoch*
  • Soma Meran
  • Nadine Nagy
  • Aaron Petrey*
  • Barbara Triggs-Raine
  • Hideto Watanabe*

*Joined Board in 2022 following results of 2021 election

We would like to thank the outgoing Board members Anna Plaas, Eva Turley and Davide Vigetti for their service to ISHAS.


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