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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, 


10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 1: 10:30-12:00, Chair: TBA

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: TBA

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 2: 13:00-14:00, Chair: TBA

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:  TBA

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

Adipocytes tissue composition and metabolic control

Silvia Corvera, ​ University of Massachusetts Medical School 


15:30-16:00 Fresh air break

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

Dinner on own/speakers dinner: 18:30 - 

May 29

Session 4: 09:00-10:00, Chair: TBA

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


10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 5: 10:30-12:00, Chair: TBA

Edward Pearce, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology,  Johns Hopkins University


Anna Krook, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet  

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

Short talks: TBA

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 6: 13:00-14:00, Chair: TBA

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

14:00-14:30 Coffee

Session 7: 14:30-15:30, Chair: TBA

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

Epigenetic regulation of the thermogenic program

Shingo Kajimura, Kajimura Lab, Harvard Medical School


15:30-16:00 Fresh air break

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

Dinner on own: 18:30 - 

May 30

Session 8: 09:00-10:00, Chair: TBA

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


10:00-10:30 Coffee

Session 9: 10:30-11:30, Chair: TBA

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

Scientific event (TBA): 11:30-12:30

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Session 10: 13:30-14:30, Chair: TBA

David Guertin, University of Massachusetts Medical School 


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


14:30-15:00 Coffee

Concluding remarks and introduction to Scientific networking event: 15:30-15:45

Scientific networking event (TBA): 15:30-17:30

Conference dinner: 19:00 

May 31


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