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This meeting took place in 2015



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Beige and Brown Fat: Basic Biology and Novel Therapeutics (D5)


Organizer(s) Bruce M. Spiegelman and Sven Enerbäck
April 17—22, 2015
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Dec 16, 2014
Abstract Deadline: Jan 15, 2015
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 16, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: Feb 18, 2015

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

Summary of Meeting:
The epidemic of obesity and diabetes has become a world-wide health risk. These metabolic disorders are a direct threat to the health and economic well-being of many nations. Unfortunately, education about diet and exercise are not sufficient to meet this emergency and new therapies are badly needed. Brown fat has emerged as one of the few genuinely new approaches to these problems. Brown fat exists in most or all adult humans and can dissipate caloric energy and improve both obesity and diabetes in experimental animals. This meeting will focus on new pathways controlling brown fat development and thermogenesis. We will delve into the types of brown fat cells, beige, classical brown and others. We will also put a special emphasis on emerging approaches, both biological and chemical, that can manipulate these cells for therapeutic purposes. It is our hope and belief that this meeting can nucleate expanded efforts in both academia and pharma to explore this promising research area. There has not been a Keystone Symposia conference dedicated to brown fat. While there has been a session here and there at the Obesity meeting, the science and the biomedical needs warrant this new and focused conference. Of course, this will also bridge the Obesity and Diabetes communities, and lead to pharma/academic collaborations.

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Scholarships/Awards


National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients


Nadia Ayala-Lopez
Michigan State University, USA

Desiree Wanders
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, USA

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


Mariëtte Boon
Maastricht University Medical Center, Netherlands

Jonathan R. Brestoff
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Thorsten Gnad
University of Bonn, Germany

Sara Serag Hassan
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA

Nico Hesselbarth
University of Leipzig, Germany

Susanne Keipert
Stockholm University, Sweden

Han Kim
University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada

Chendi Li
Boston University School of Medicine, USA

Jacob M. McGlashon
University of Iowa, USA

So Yun Min
University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Heide Christine Patterson
Whitehead Institute, USA

Qingzhang Zhu
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA