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May 30 - June 3, 2022

Organized by Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen


Time: May 30 -June 3 2022

Venue: Comwell Portside Copenhagen 

Organizing committee: Camilla Scheele, Søren Nielsen, Bente Klarlund Pedersen & Zach Gerhart-Hines

Poster evaluation committee: George Caputa, Isabella Samuelson & Kristan van der Vos  

May 30

17:30-19:00 Arrival drinks, snacks and registration

May 31

08:15-08:45 Registration & Coffee

08:45-09:00 Welcome

Keynote lecture: 09:00-10:00

Silvia Corvera, ​ University of Massachusetts Medical School, 

Development and function of human thermogenic adipose tissue

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 1: 10:30-12:00, Chair: Jan Kornfeld

Søren Nielsen, ​Centre for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. 

Noncoding RNA localization determines metabolic state in human adipocytes

Yu-Hua Tseng, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston. 

Evolving views of thermogenic adipose tissue: inter-cellular and inter-organ communications

Short talks: TBA

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 2: 13:00-14:00, Chair: Camilla Scheele

Paul Cohen, ​Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism, The Rockefellar University

Mechanisms Underlying the Protective Effects of Brown Fat in Cardiometabolic Disease

Barbara Cannon, Department of Molecular Biosciences , The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University

Plasticity and brown adipose tissue

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Session 3: 14:30-15:30, Chair:  Kristan van der Voss

Aaron Cypess, ​Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, NIDDK, NIH

Known and Novel Roles of β3-Adrenergic Receptors in Human Physiology, Adipose and Otherwise

Roland Stimpson, ​Centre for Cardiovascular Science, The University of Edinburgh

Novel regulators of human brown adipose tissue activation

15:30-16:00 Fresh air break

Session 4: 16:00-17:00, Chair: Jens Brüninng

Zach Gerhart-Hines,  NFF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. 

Leveraging the thermogenic fat-brain axis to counteract metabolic disease

Christian Wolfrum, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich. 

Adipocytes of different color regulating energy metabolism

Poster session and networking: 17:00 - 18:30

June 1

Session 5: 09:00-10:00, Chair: Naja Zenius Jespersen

Jan Nedergaard, Department of Molecular Biosciences , The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University

UCP1 and brown fat bioenergetics

Denis Blondin, Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology, Université de Sherbrooke

Brown adipose tissue in humans: from therapeutic target to canary in the coal mine

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 6: 10:30-12:00, Chair: Brice Emanuelli

Martin Jastroch, Department of Molecular Biosciences , The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University

How and when UCP1 sparked fire

Michael Paul Czech, ​ University of Massachusetts Medical School, 

CRISPR-enhanced adipocyte browning as therapeutic strategy

Short talks: TBA

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 7: 13:00-14:00, Chair: Julie Abildgaard

Patrick Rensen, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, 

Role of BAT in lipoprotein metabolism: from mice to humans

Kirsi Virtanen, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku

Eating induced changes in hBAT function

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Session 8: 14:30-15:30, Chair: Søren Nielsen

Richard Lang, Center for Chronobiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Atypical opsin light sensing pathways and regulation of metabolism

Orian S. Shirihai, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles

Biology of Lipid Droplet-Bound Mitochondria: Cell-Free Reconstitution of Mitochondria-Lipid Droplet Attachment & Detachment

15:30-16:00 Fresh air break

Session 9: 16:00-17:00, Chair: George Caputa

Martin Klingenspor, Institute for Fodd and Health, Technical University of Munich

Impact of thermogenic adipocytes on diet-induced obesity

Patrick Seale, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Perelman School of Medicine

Mesenchymal progenitor cells and adipocyte development

Poster session and networking: 17:00 - 18:30

Dinner on own: 18:30 - 

June 2

Session 10: 09:00-10:00, Chair: Isabella Samuelson

Gregory Steinberg, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton

Endocrine Regulation of Energy Expenditure

Shingo Kajimura, Kajimura Lab, Harvard Medical School

Mechanisms of beige fat biogenesis

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 11: 10:30-12:00, Chair: Carla Rudiger

Antonio Vidal-Puig Dept of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.  

Mechanisms of BAT regression in obesity

Alexander Pfeifer,  Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Bonn

Novel alternatives to beta adrenergic activation of brown fat

Short talks: TBA

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 12: 13:00-14:00, Chair: Fabian Finger

Kirsty Spalding, ​Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm

Adipocyte heterogeneity in human white adipose tissue

Philipp E. Scherer, Touchstone Diabetes Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Many Faces of the Adipocyte

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Session 13: 14:30-15:30, Chair: Zach Gerhart Hines

Mikael Ryden, ​Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

Some novel aspects on white adipose tissue heterogeneity

Joerg Heeren, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, University Medical Center Hamburg

Mechanisms of brown adipose tissue degeneration

Concluding remarks and introduction to career event: 15:30-15:45

Stretching legs: 15:45-16:00

Career event

Vaida Bankauskaite, MD, PhD ERC LS4 Panel coordinator 

Physiology in Health, Disease and Ageing: Important Insights in ERC Funding schemes


Scientific mingle: 16:30-18:00

  • Dr. Isabella Samuelson, Editor at Nature Metabolism

  • Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

  • Dr. Kristan van der Vos, Editor at Cell Reports Medicine

  • Dr. George Caputa, Editor at Nature

Conference dinner: 19:00 

June 3


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