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This meeting took place in 2008

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Neuronal Mechanisms Controlling Food Intake, Glucose Metabolism and Body Weight (X4)

Organizer(s) Michael W. Schwartz, Dianne Figlewicz Lattemann and Martin G. Myers, Jr.
February 19—24, 2008
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 22, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 22, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 19, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Maintenance of stable body weight involves a biological process termed energy homeostasis that matches cumulative energy intake to expenditure over time. Obesity is an increasingly common disorder of energy homeostasis and has become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The identification of critical integrative neuronal systems that control both energy balance and glucose metabolism has important implications for the future of obesity therapy. This symposium will focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms whereby neural circuits responsible for perception of satiety and food reward are integrated with one another and with neuronal systems controlling insulin sensitivity. We explore the regulation of these circuits by adiposity- and nutrient-related signals and feature new evidence of synaptic plasticity affecting these pathways. The application of new technologies that are moving these fields forward and the clinical relevance of basic science discoveries will also be highlighted. Through an improved understanding of obesity pathogenesis, this new information will support progress towards improved obesity treatment options.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 22, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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  3. Style
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    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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