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Photo credit: James Minchin (University of Edinburgh) and John Rawls (Duke University)


Speakers should limit the duration of their presentations to 30 minutes to ensure ample time for discussion and transition between speakers.

Click on the title of each presentation to view the abstract.

Saturday 25 March

17.00 Registration and conference materials

18.00 Welcome reception and drinks

Introductory lecture (Chair: Raul Suarez)

19.00 John Speakman (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and University of Aberdeen, UK)

Evolutionary aspects of fat storage

20.00 Dinner

Sunday 26 March

Session 1: Making fat (Chair: Raul Suarez)

09.00-09.40 Cristina Salmerón (University of California, San Diego, USA)

Adipogenesis in fish

09.45-10.25 Ronald Kühnlein (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany and  University of Graz, Austria)

Control of adiposity and lipid metabolism in Drosophila

10.30 Refreshment break

11.00-11.40 James Minchin (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Leveraging in vivo imaging in zebrafish to understand the genetic basis of adipose morphology

11.45-12.25 Siegfried Ussar (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)

Adipocyte heterogeneity in development and disease

12.30 Lunch

Session 2: Diet and fat (Chair: Hans Hoppeler)

13.30-14.10 Nini Sissener (National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Norway)

Are we what we eat? Dietary fat and body fat in fish and humans

14.15-14.55 Kenneth Welch (University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada)

Fat vs. sugar: metabolic flexibility and the balance between carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in an avian nectarivore

15.00 Refreshment break

15.30-16.10 Matthijs Hesselink (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Ectopic fat in health and disease: a translational approach to examine the effects of diet and exercise

16.15-16.55 Luc Tappy (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Sugar as a cause of obesity and metabolic disease

19.30 Dinner

Monday 27 March

Session 3: Fat as fuel (Chair: Raul Suarez)

09.00-09.40 Martin Klingenspor (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Non-adrenergic control of fat storage and metabolism in adipose tissues

09.45-10.25 Christopher Guglielmo (Western University, Canada)

Fat metabolism in migratory birds and bats

10.30 Refreshment break

11.00-11.40 Brent Sinclair (Western University, Canada)

The many roles of fat for overwintering insects

11.45-12.25 Melinda Fowler (Springfield College, USA)

Adiposity and fat metabolism during combined fasting and lactation in elephant seals

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Social event

19.30 Dinner

Tuesday 28 March

Session 4: Fat as furnace and insulation (Chair: Hans Hoppeler)

09.00-09.40 Matthew Andrews (Oregon State University, USA)

Nature’s fat-burning machine: brown adipose tissue in a hibernating mammal

09.45-10.25 Martin Jastroch (Helmholtz Zentrum München and Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)

Insights into brown adipose tissue evolution and function from non-model organisms

10.30 Refreshment break

11.00-11.40 Heather Koopman (University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA)

Evolution and function of specialized adipose tissue in whales

11.45-12.00 Michaela Handel (JEB)

An introduction to The Company of Biologists and JEB

12.00 Lunch

12.30-16.00 JEB Editors Meeting (JEB Editors and Directors only)

14.00-15.00 History Tour of Wiston House with local historian

Session 5: Good and bad fat: regulation and dysregulation

(Chair: Raul Suarez)

16.00-16.40 Marika Charalambous (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Regulation of metabolism by imprinted genes

16.45-17.25 Kristin Stanford (The Ohio State University, USA)

Exercise-induced adaptations to white and brown adipose tissue

17.30 Refreshment break

17.45-18.25 Laura Musselman (Binghamton University, USA)

Obesity and metabolic disease: in support of a maximum adipose expandability model

18.30 General discussion and feedback (Chairs: Raul Suarez and Hans Hoppeler)

19.30 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 29 March

Departure by 9 am


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