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Obesity and Adipose Tissue Biology (J4)


Organizer(s) Marc L. Reitman, Ruth E. Gimeno and Jan Nedergaard
January 22—26, 2017
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Sep 22, 2016
Abstract Deadline: Oct 25, 2016
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 22, 2016
Discounted Registration Deadline: Nov 22, 2016

Sponsored by MedImmune, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences and Novo Nordisk A/S. Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Joint Meeting: Diabetes (J3)

Summary of Meeting:
Obesity is a growing worldwide epidemic, increasing co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes. The joint meetings on “Obesity and Adipose Tissue Biology” and “Diabetes: Emerging Concepts in Metabolic Signaling and Disease” are aimed to foster cross-talk between these research areas. Adipose tissue is an endocrine organ that is both controlled by and sends signals to the brain and other organs. In addition, obesity causes an inflammatory state in the adipose tissue. The recognition that brown/beige adipose tissue is active in adult humans has triggered interest in understanding the physiology and relative importance of these tissues. Exercise and bariatric surgery are known to elicit profound metabolic benefits in type 2 diabetes, although the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This meeting will bring together cell biologists, biochemists, geneticists, physiologists, drug developers and clinical researchers, thereby facilitating knowledge exchange and interactions leading to elucidation of better treatments for obesity and diabetes. Specifically, it will examine recent advances in understanding of brown/beige adipose tissue function; obesity-induced adipose inflammation; control of adipose tissue, appetite, and energy metabolism; endocrine and paracrine signaling via secreted factors; molecular mechanisms of metabolic signaling; emerging topics, including long noncoding RNA and gut microbiome; and approaches to drug development and the treatment of obesity and diabetes.

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Scholarships/Awards

Biogen ECITA Scholarship Recipients

Damaris Nadia Lorenzo
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Scholarship Recipients

Yu An
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Ethan A. Edwin
Columbia University, USA

Alessandra Ferrari
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Minna Lahesmaa
Turku PET Centre, Finland

Jae Ho Lee
Seoul National University, South Korea

Pegah Poursharifi
University of Montreal-CRCHUM, Canada

Prashant Rajbhandari
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Hyun Cheol Roh
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA

Zachary Sebo
Yale University, USA

Elahu Gosney Sustarsic
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kevin Tharp
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Sally Winther
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funded by Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Denise Morais da Fonseca
Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Brazil

Muhammad Jawad Khan
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

Diana Harleidy Vargas-Trujillo
Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia

Vijayalakshmi Venkatesan
National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, India