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May 27 - May, 2024

Organized by Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen


Time: May 27 -May 31 2024

Venue: Comwell Portside Copenhagen 

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

Poster evaluation committee: George Caputa (Senior Editor, Nature), Revati Dewal (Associate Editor, Nature Metabolism) 

May 27

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

May 28

08:15-08:45 Registration & Coffee

08:45-09:00 Welcome

Keynote lecture: 09:00-10:00

Michael Paul Czech, ​ University of Massachusetts Medical School, 

The cell biology of adipose beiging

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 1: 10:30-12:00, Chair: Camilla Scheele

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

Adipocyte plasticity and heterogeneity in humans

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

Brown fat and cardiometabolic health: From human cohorts to underlying mechanisms

Short talks: 


Carla Horvath, ETH Zürich, FSTL3 - a potential switch between thermogenic differentiation and immunomodulatory cells

Jacqueline Beaudry, University of Toronto, Connections between brown adipose tissue and glucose-dependent insulinotropic

peptide (GIP)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 2: 13:00-14:00, Chair: Tobias Fromme

Lawrence Kazak, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Thermogenesis by the Futile Creatine Cycle: quantitive contribution and activation mechanism

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

Life without Uncoupling proteins

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Session 3: 14:30-15:30, Chair:  Kirsi Virtanen

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

Adipocytes tissue composition and metabolic control

Silvia Corvera, ​ University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Mechanisms of human adipocyte beiging

15:30-16:00 Fresh air break

Poster session A and networking: 16:00 - 18:00

Dinner on own/speakers dinner: 18:30 - 

May 29

Session 4: 09:00-10:00, Chair: Søren Nielsen

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

Turning white adipose tissue to beige- the role of glutamine metabolism

Prashant Rajbhandari, Department of Endocrinology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Microenvironmental Influences on Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 5: 10:30-11:30, Chair: Kristin Stanford

Roland Stimson, University of Edinburgh

Pharmacological regulation of human brown adipose tissue

Anna Krook, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet  

Adipose tissue response and inter-tissue communication following an exercise bout in type 2 diabetes

Scientific event: Panel Discussion: Future Perspectives in Obesity Research. Panel: Juleen Zierath, Ruth Loos, Bente K. Pedersen

Philipp Scherer and Mads Tang-Christensen.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Session 6: 13:30-14:30, Chair: Roland Stimson

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

Mouse and human UCP1: function and significance

Ruth LoosNovo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

Brown adipose tissue epidermiology: higher BAT activity protects against type 2 diabetes

14:30-15:00 Coffee

Session 7: 15:00-16:00, Chair: Sigfried Ussar

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

Epigenetic regulation of the thermogenic program

Shingo Kajimura, Kajimura Lab, Harvard Medical School

Uncoupling metabolic health from thermogenesis via mitochondrial BCAA nitrogen flux

16:00-16:30 Fresh air break

Poster session B and networking: 16:30 - 18:30

Dinner on own: 18:30 - 

May 30

Session 8: 09:00-10:00, Chair: Carolina Hagberg

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

The unsurpassed potential of adipose tissue to influence metabolism

Susanne Mandrup, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark

Plasticity of Adipose Tissue

10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 9: 10:30-12:00, Chair: Zach Gerhart-Hines

Lori Zeltser, ​ Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University 

Sympathetic regulation of brown adipose function and systemic metabolism

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

Sex differences in BAT thermogenesis in humans

Short talks: 11:30-12:00


Lin Wang, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, Role of TRPM8 in thermogenesis in the

naked mole-rat

Farnaz Shamsi, New York University, The dialogue within fat: targeting adipose tissue neurovasculature to improve metabolism

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 10: 13:00-14:00, Chair: Jörg Heeren

David Guertin, University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Metabolic Adaptations During Adipocyte Thermogenesis

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

Control of brown/beige adipose tissue size by EPAC1

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Concluding remarks: 14:30-1500

Scientific networking event (TBA): 15:00-17:00

Conference dinner: 18:30 

May 31


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