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We are excited to announce the launch of a new seminar series organised by the ISHAS Early Career Group. This seminar series has been designed to provide opportunities for researchers (particularly early career researchers) to present their data, outside of the biannual HA conference.

1ST MAY 2024 at 3:30 PDT / 11:30 GMT am ACDT (02/04/24)


  • Dr. Sally Tang, University of Washington
  • Dr. Camella Ricciardelli, Adelaide University

See ISHAS email newsletter for further details of how to join or contact us here!


Huge congratulations to Dorothea Erxleben, Rebecca Dodd, and Carmela Ricciardelli, who were awarded ISHAS research grants, and to Sara Silva, who was awarded an ISHAS travel award.  Well done!

Special Issue on “Hyaluronan Biology”

January 6th, 2024

I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Special Issue on “Hyaluronan Biology” which will be run by two specialist Guest Editors: Aaron C. Petrey, Ph.D. from the University of Utah and Stephen R. Reeves, MD from the University of Washington. Our goal is to publish 10-15 articles including a blend of Research Articles, Brief Reports and Minireviews. Articles can be submitted continuously and will be published on an ongoing basis with submission deadline of June 30th, 2024, when they will become part of an available virtual issue completed after the deadline.

The website contains helpful instructions for submission and for the quality of published papers:

We believe that this special issue will create a great opportunity to increase the visibility of our research field. If you are interested in submitting a research article or a minireview, please contact directly Aaron or Stephen at or, respectively.

Proteoglycan Research is a fully open access journal that considers both mechanistic and correlative papers including research articles, research reports, comprehensive reviews, mini-reviews, perspectives, methods papers and technical advances. Please view the Guide to Authors for more information.

All the best,

Renato V. Iozzo, MD PhD
Editor-In-Chief, Proteoglycan Research

2024 Election Results

We are pleased to report the results of our recent election for Treasurer, VP Clinical Sciences Division and two Trustees, who will take up their positions from Monday 1 January, 2024 for a four-year term.
  • Stavros Garantziotis was elected Treasurer.
  • Soma Meran was elected VP, Clinical Sciences Division.
  • Vivien J Coulson-Thomas and Jennifer E Curtis were elected as Trustees.
  • We also welcome Becky Dodd as the new Trainee Representative to the Board.
  • In addition, Ed Harris was enlisted as a Temporary Officer of ISHAS.
We especially thank all the candidates who were nominated and willing to serve, but not elected. We also express our gratitude to the outgoing members of the Board: Paul Bollyky (VP, Clinical Sciences Division), Tony Day (President) and Nadine Nagy (Trustee) for their dedication and service to ISHAS.

Call for Applications for New ISHAS Grants

ISHAS is proud to announce the availability of a new grant program to support members of the society.

There are three types of award: ISHAS Personal Scholarships, ISHAS Research Travel Grants, and ISHAS Research Grants.

These grants and scholarships are supported by the recently-launched ISHAS Corporate Affiliates Program, currently including the founding members HTL Biotechnology, LifeCore Biomedical, and SyrHA Technologies. Award details and applications forms are available on the Research Grants and Scholarships page.

Announcing HA 2025

Please hold the date! June 8-12th, 2025

The 15th conference of the International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences, HA 2025, will be held in Chicago, Illinois

Follow this link to see more about the Q Centre meeting venue and what you can expect;

Stay tuned for more details!

Registration will open in the fall of 2024


Hyaluronan 2023, the 14th conference of the International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences, was held between June 4th and 8th at the Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon. The beautiful weather and ideal location provided a perfect backdrop to rekindle old and build new friendships and collaborations.

After not meeting in person for 4 years, HA researchers were excited to hear the latest findings from the HA field. The HA 2023 conference attracted 142 attendees from more than 15 countries. This included representation from 25 different companies, reflecting the broad application of hyaluronan in industry.

View the Awards and Recap of HA 2023

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Awards presented at HA 2023

2023 Endre Balazs and Janet Denlinger Award. This award recognizes researchers at an early phase of their independent research career for making a significant contribution (i.e., a body of work) to the development of hyaluronan science. The Award will be presented at the HA 2023 Conference.

ISHAS Renato Iozzo Singular Achievement Award for the most significant contribution to the HA field since the HA2021 conference. Awards were presented at HA 2023!

For details, please visit the Awards page!

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