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This meeting took place in 2001

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Obesity and the Regulation of Energy Homeostasis (C4)

Organizer(s) Jeffrey S. Flier and Barbara B. Kahn
February 24—March 1, 2001
Taos Convention Center (meeting only) • Taos, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 24, 2000
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Early Registration Deadline: Dec 21, 2000

Sponsored by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
Our understanding of the regulation of energy balance, and defects in this system that result in obesity, has undergone dramatic progress in recent years. Insights gained from identifying the genetic basis of several monogenic obesities in rodents and humans have allowed us to define the existence of a novel regulated physiologic system by which the status of energy balance and energy stores in peripheral tissues is communicated to central nervous system circuits that regulate hunger, energy expenditure and neuroendocrine function. Critical areas of recent discovery involve the adipocyte hormone leptin, the mechanism for leptin signaling and action both within and outside the CNS, identification of a coordinated group of leptin target neurons in the hypothalamus, including the melanocortin pathway that involves antagonistic ligands and several receptors, mapping of downstream targets in the CNS, and elucidation of effector pathways, including those that influence energy expenditure by regulating mitochondrial coupling. The goal of this Keystone Symposium is to bring together investigators from diverse aspects of this field, including neurobiologists, geneticists, physiologists and pharmacologists, to integrate and provide new directions for this rapidly moving field.

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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Sufficient background
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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