The aim of the Canadian Connective Tissue Society (CCTS) is to fill the gaps in current scientific and clinical understanding of connective tissues in both health and disease through communication of health research evidence between Canadian basic scientists, clinicians, and small medium enterprises. Our specific aims are:
- To promote research objectives inherent to Canadian connective tissue research: bone, cartilage, cardiovascular tissue, skin, and musculoskeletal tissue in health and disease states.
- To support new emerging themes and teams involving multidisciplinary research. This includes the developing fields and integrated interdisciplinary themes: stem cells, biomaterials, tissue regeneration, and biomedical engineering.
- To strengthen and formalize the collaborations between Canadian connective tissue researchers by founding the Canadian Connective Tissue Society.
- To encourage and recognize the works of young scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates in the field of connective tissue research.
- To establish national and international networks between leading Canadian and international scientists and newcomers interested in connective tissues.
- To improve health of Canadians by stimulating knowledge transfers and by giving the opportunity to basic scientists and clinicians to exchange with representatives of industries and pharmaceutical societies.
- To communicate our research interests with patient advocate groups and other non-academic stakeholders in connective tissue research.