Metabolism Day 2019 – University of Copenhagen

Metabolism Day 2019

The purpose of Metabolism Day is to bring together researchers within the field of metabolism to discuss science. During the day, eight invited speakers will present current insights into metabolic diseases and energy control. The day will consist of talks and poster presentations, and will end with a buffet dinner and poster prizes. All researchers with an interest in metabolic research are welcome to attend the event.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required for catering purposes. 

Program for Metabolism Day, March 21, 2019

Coffee and set-up of posters
Welcome address
Executive Director, Professor Juleen R. Zierath, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Regulatory Genetic Variants and Metabolic Diseases
Professor Marcelo Nobrega, University of Chicago, USA
Chair: Professor Romain Barrès
Akkermansia Muciniphila and Metabolic Disorders: From the Bench to the Bedside     
Professor Patrice Cani, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium 
Chair: Associate Professor Manimozhiyan Arumugam
Coffee and Poster Presentations
The Enigma of Melanocortin-3 Receptor Function in Energy Homeostasis
Professor Roger Cone, University of Michigan, USA
Chair: Professor Thue W. Schwartz
Dietary and Neuroimmune Underpinnings of Mood Deficits in Obesity
Associate Professor Stephanie Fulton, University of Montreal, Canada
Chair: Associate Professor Christoffer Clemmensen
Lunch and Poster Presentations
Professor Christopher Newgard, Duke University, USA
Chair: Professor Jens Juul Holst
Development and Role of Human Adipocyte Subtypes
Professor Silvia Corvera, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Chair: Associate Professor Camilla Schéele
Coffee and Poster Presentations
Cardiometabolic Protective Mechanisms in the Burmese Python
Professor Leslie Leinwand, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Chair: Professor Torben Hansen
Circadian Clock Genes and the Importance of Time in Metabolism and Longevity
Professor Joseph Takahashi, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Chair: Associate Professor Tune H. Pers
Closing remarks
Executive Director, Professor Juleen R. Zierath, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Poster Presentations
Buffet Dinner and Poster Prizes


Please register for Metabolism Day at the following link. Deadline for registration is February 22, 2019.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required for catering purposes.

Abstract submission guidelines

Deadline for submission of abstracts for posters is February 22, 2019.  Abstracts received after February 22, 2019, will not be included in the abstract book.

Please submit your abstract when registering. Your abstract must contain the following information:
- Author and affiliation
- Co-authors

The abstract can have a maximum of 1000 characters (incl. title but excluding author information) written in Times New Roman, font 11.
Please only submit text in the abstract and not any graphs or figures.

When submitting your abstract, please choose one of the following four categories with which your abstract will be associated:
- Integrative Metabolism and Environmental Influences
- Human Genomics and Metagenomics in Metabolism
- Nutrient and Metabolite Sensing
- Metabolic Science in Culture

Participants will receive an abstract book with all abstracts at Metabolism Day.
You are expected to present your poster during Metabolism Day. You will be informed of the timeslot of your presentation well in advance.

The size of the posters should be 841 x 1189 mm (~33,1 x 46,8 inch).

Presentation of speakers

Professor Patrice Cani

Patrice D. Cani is a senior researcher from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and team leader in the Metabolism and Nutrition research lab at the Louvain Drug Research Institute (LDRI) from the UCLouvain, Brussels, Belgium. Patrice D. Cani has a M.Sc. in Nutrition and another M.Sc. in health Sciences, he is registered dietitian and PhD in Biomedical Sciences (physiology and metabolism). His main research interests are the investigation of interactions between the gut microbiota, the host and specific biological systems such as the endocannabinoid system and the immune system in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiometabolic disorders and cancer.

Professor Roger Cone

Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., is the Director of the Life Sciences Institute and the Vice Provost for the Biosciences Initiative, both at the University of Michigan. Cone Lab work on the central control of energy homeostasis. Their primary interest is understanding how the central nervous system regulates energy storage, and the role of these neural circuits in obesity, disease cachexia, and anorexia nervosa. Recent projects include: development of small molecule compounds for the treatment of obesity, identification of novel cell signaling pathways in the brain involved in the regulation of body weight, and identification of genes predisposing humans to anorexia nervosa.

Professor Silvia Corvera

Silvia Corvera is Professor of Molecular Medicine, co-director of the MD/PhD program, director of the Clinical Translational Research Pathway, and Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research. Work in Silvia Corvera’s lab seeks to understand the basic physiopathology of type 2 diabetes, specifically the role of adipose tissue physiology in diabetes pathogenesis. Their studies have contributed consistently to advancing knowledge in our field, beginning with our discovery of molecular mechanisms by which PI3-Kinase affects membrane trafficking in mammalian cells. Most recently, they have discovered a new approach to identify and produce human adipocytes from adult adipose tissue progenitors, including those corresponding to beige/brite adipocytes with high oxidative capacity. This approach makes it possible for the first time to generate, in-vitro, large amounts of human adipocytes that can be engrafted in humanized mice and affect systemic metabolism.

Associate Professor Stephanie Fulton

Stephanie Fulton received her doctoral degree in psychology and behavioural neurobiology at Concordia University in Montreal. She is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Neuroscience at the University of Montreal and member of the Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology. Her laboratory uses animal models to investigate the neurometabolic and behavioural processes underlying motivation and emotional states. One line of study aims to identify brain mechanisms that give rise to the rewarding effects of palatable foods, compulsive eating and physical activity. Another focus of her lab is to uncover neurolipid and neuroimmune alterations in response to excess intake of different types of dietary fats and their impact on the development of mood disorders comorbid with obesity and diabetes.

Professor Leslie Leinwand

Leslie Leinwand, PhD, is a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Distinguished Professor and the Chief Scientific Officer of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. One of the major areas of interest in her laboratory has been understanding the mechanisms whereby the mammalian heart and skeletal adapts to a wide variety of stimuli. These stimuli include sarcomeric protein mutations, myocardial infarction, exercise, and pregnancy. In each of these cases they also try to understand how biologic sex and diet modify these responses. The approaches used include transgenic and null mice, cardiac myocyte cultures and in vitro biochemistry and biophysics. They also attempt to translate our findings into human disease.

Professor Christopher Newgard

Christopher B. Newgard, Ph.D. is the Director of the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center and the W. David and Sarah W. Stedman Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University Medical Center. He is also the founding Director of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (2013). Dr. Newgard’s research focuses on application of an interdisciplinary approach for understanding of cardiometabolic disease mechanisms involving gene discovery, metabolic engineering, and comprehensive tools of metabolic analysis (“metabolomics”) such as mass spectrometry-based metabolic profiling and metabolic flux analysis.

Professor Marcelo Nobrega

Marcelo Nobrega is Professor at the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. His group is interested in dissecting the architecture and function of genes and their regulatory networks. They investigate how the multiple transcriptional enhancers, repressors, and boundary elements connected to a gene interact and orchestrate the precise tissue-specific and temporal-specific expression pattern of that gene. Understanding this process is critical since it is thought that malfunction of the regulatory program of key genes underlie the cause of several human diseases.

Professor Joseph Takahashi

Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D., is the Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience, an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Takahashi utilizes forward genetics and positional cloning in the mouse as a tool for discovery of genes underlying neurobiology and behavior, and his discovery of the mouse and human clock genes led to a description of a conserved circadian clock mechanism in animals.