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Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2017:

The biology of fat

Organisers: Raul Suarez and Hans Hoppeler

Date: 25-29 March 2017

Location: Wiston House, Steyning, UK

The synthesis, storage and breakdown of fats, the roles played by adipose tissue in thermogenesis, thermoregulation, migration, prolonged fasting and hibernation have been the subject of interest among comparative ecological physiologists for decades.  In biomedical circles, there have been remarkable advances made in the understanding of the chemical and neural signalling mechanisms that regulate appetite, fat metabolism and body fat content.  New information has become available concerning the evolution of adipocytes as well as their ontogenetic development into cell types with different physiological functions.  Because of the epidemic in obesity, there is much research concerning the regulatory mechanisms underlying adiposity and the ailments often associated with obesity known as the ‘metabolic syndrome’.  But there are divergent views concerning the evolutionary forces that led to the results often seen when sedentary lifestyles are combined with harmful diets.  Much can be learned by juxtaposing the diverse outcomes of nature’s ‘experiments’ with the human outcomes of office chairs, televisions and supermarkets, combined.  Much could be gained from knowing how ‘bad’ adipose tissue might be trained to be ‘good’ and establish normal relations with other organs.

This JEB Symposium brings together comparative physiologists/biochemists with biomedical research scientists to stimulate exchange of ideas and information concerning various aspects of the Biology of Fat.



The symposium is open to invited speakers and delegates only. However, all presentations will be published as a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2018.


Wiston House is easily accessible by road and rail from the major London airports: London Gatwick is 32 miles away (~45 mins by road) and London Heathrow  is 60 miles away (~2 hours by road).

If you are driving to Wiston House, please enter postcode BN44 3DZ on your satellite navigation equipment.

The nearest train station to Wiston House is Shoreham-by-Sea. Trains run regularly from London Victoria train station and take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Plan your route and book tickets online on the National Rail Enquiries website. Alternatively, train tickets can be purchased at any station.

A taxi rank is located outside Shoreham-by-Sea station. The journey to Wiston House takes 15-20 minutes and costs £20-25. Please note that most taxi drivers require payment in cash.


Accompanying persons

Spouses/domestic partners are welcome to accompany invited delegates to the meeting. To cover the costs of the accommodation, catering and social event, the registration fee will be £795. The fee assumes two people sharing a double room and that accompanying persons will NOT attend the scientific sessions.

Registration fee (£795) for accompanying persons includes:

  • Accommodation for four nights (25-28 March)
  • Welcome Reception on 25 March
  • Breakfast on 26-29 March
  • Lunch on 26-28 March
  • Dinner on 25-27 March
  • Conference Dinner on 28 March
  • Social event on 27 March

The registration fee is payable direct to Wiston House on check-out.

To register an accompanying person, please email us as soon as possible, and by Friday 20 January 2017 at the latest. Charges will be incurred for cancellations after 12 March 2017.


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About JEB

Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading journal in comparative physiology. JEB publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.

About JEB Symposia

The JEB Symposia were launched in 1978 at the suggestion of the then Editor-in-Chief John Treherne. Their aim was, and still is, to review knowledge and stimulate further research in an expanding topic of experimental biology and to bring together scientists from different areas to encourage cross-fertilization of techniques and knowledge across specialization boundaries. Since the first symposium on ‘Cellular oscillators’, the annual JEB symposia have covered a diverse array of topics within experimental biology, highlighting the relevance and power of the comparative approach to mainstream physiology.

The main aim of the JEB Symposia is to unite outstanding biologists and bring together their varied expertise on one particular subject.  It is a leisurely meeting with enough time to talk and to discuss. The number of symposium delegates is limited to invited speakers only.

In order that the proceedings of each symposium are made available to the community as soon as possible, speakers are invited to contribute a Review article to a ‘special issue’ of the journal. These special issues are freely available on the journal website from the time of publication.

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Manuscript submission

As part of the journal’s editorial strategy, all oral presentations will be published in the form of a Review article  in a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2018.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 7000 words (excluding title page, summary, references and figure captions), with up to 8 display items, and comply with our Submission Guidelines and Manuscript Preparation guidelines.

All invited Review articles for the JEB Special Issue should be submitted by Friday 21 April 2017.

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