Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 15 - 18 Mar 2020
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Programme

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Day 1 - Sunday 15 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
11:30 - 13:15
Arrival and Registration
with light lunch
13:15 - 13:30 Opening remarks
13:30 - 14:30

Keynote Speaker: 
Jens Brüning - Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Germany

14:30 - 17:30

Session 1: Brain-body crosstalk
Chair:
Janelle Ayres - Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

14:30 - 15:00

Reward, Aversion, and the Gut-Brain Axis
Ivan de Araujo - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,  USA

15:00 - 15:30

NeuroImmune crosstalk in Obesity
Ana Domingos - University of Oxford, UK

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break and Meet the Speakers: Jens Brüning, Ana Domingos

16:00 - 16:30

Motivational control of urination in the mouse
Lisa Stowers - Scripps Research, USA

16:30 - 17:00

Hungry Brains and Clever Guts
Irene Miguel-Aliaga - Imperial College London, UK

17:00 - 17:15

Spatial and temporal recruitment of adult neural stem cells during pregnancy
Zayna Chakar - University of Basel, Switzerland

17:15 - 17:30

Olfaction regulates organismal proteostasis and longevity via microRNA-dependent signalling
Franziska Ottens - University of Cologne, Germany

17:30 - 17:45

Inter-Organ Communication as a Defense Strategy Against Infection
Temitope Wilson Ademolue - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

17:45 - 18:00

An Enigma of 66 Years: Glucose-Sensing Neurons
Greg Su - KAIST/ NYU, USA

18:00 - 18:45 Speed Networking
18:45 - 20:30

Dinner in the EMBL Canteen

20:30 - 22:30 Welcome reception in the ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 2 - Monday 16 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 12:00

Session 2 - The gut and its microbes
Chair: Martin Schwartzer - Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

09:00 - 09:30

Unimolecular combination therapeutics for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes
Matthias H. Tschöp - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany 

09:30 - 10:00

Neuronal regulation of innate lymphoid cells
Henrique  Veiga-Fernandes - Champalimaud Foundation,  Portugal

10:00 - 10:30

Janelle Ayres - Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers: Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Lisa Stowers, Henrique Veiga-Fernandes

11:00 - 11:30

Intestinal gluconeogenesis-brain communication in energy homeostasis
Gilles  Mithieux - INSERM, France

11:30 - 11:45

The intestinal microbiome and linear growth promotion: Lessons from gnotobiotic animal models
François Leulier - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

11:45 - 12:00 In vivo drug discovery for increasing the number of incretin expressing cells to reinforce glucose control by the gut-pancreas axis
Olov Andersson - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
12:00 - 13:30

Lunch and Meet the Editors

13:30 - 16:30

Session 3: Bone and blood signals
Chair: Julia Cordero - University of Glasgow, UK

13:30 - 14:00

Towards a molecular definition of the transformation of MDS to AML
Stavroula  Kousteni - Columbia University, USA

14:00 - 14:30

Neural regulation of hematopoiesis
Paul S.  Frenette  - Albert Einstein College of Medicine,  USA

14:30 - 15:00

Mediation of the acute stress response by the skeleton
Gerard Karsenty - Columbia University, USA

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers: Stavroula Kousteni, Paul S.  Frenette

15:30 - 15:45

An endocrine approach to the treatment of sarcopenia
Julian Berger - Columbia University Medical Center, USA

15:45 - 16:00

Interorgan crosstalk: Proximal-tubule derived TNFalpha is a critical mediator of acute lung injury after acute kidney injury
Andreas Herrlich - Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA

16:00 - 16:15

Platelets promote pancreatic ß cell function
Grzegorz Sumara - Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

16:15 - 16:30 Neuronal activity triggers uptake of hematopoietic extracellular vesicles in vivo
Stefan Momma - Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
16:30 - 17:00 Flash Talks
17:00 - 19:00 Poster Session 1 (odd numbers) with beer and snacks
19:00 Free evening
Day 3 - Tuesday 17 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
08:15 - 09:00 Career Workshop
09:00 - 12:00 Session 4: Fat and liver signals
Chair: Anja Zeigerer - Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany
09:00 - 09:30

Energy Regulation Mechanism and Therapeutic Potential of Asprosin
Atul Chopra  - Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University, USA

09:30 - 10:00

The role of brown and beige fat beyond thermogenesis
Shingo Kajimura - University of California San Francisco, USA

10:00 - 10:30

Systemic control of organ size in Drosophila
Pierre Leopold - Institut Curie, France

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers: Atul Chopra, Shingo Kajimura

11:00 - 11:30

Collapse of the hepatic gene regulatory network in the absence of FoxA factors
Klaus Kaestner - University of Pennsylvania, USA

11:30 - 11:45 Proteomics of protein trafficking by in vivo tissue-specific labeling
Ilia Droujinine - Harvard Medical School, USA
11:45 - 12:00 Beyond thermogenesis: UCP1 controls fatty acid homeostasis to protect from lipotoxicity
Pia Benedikt -
University of Graz, Austria
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 16:30 Session 5:  Immune-metabolic crosstalk
Chair: Diane Mathis - Harvard University, USA
13:30 - 14:00

Crosstalk between metabolic and immune systems by sORF-encoded peptides (SEPs)
Lena Ho - Duke-NUS Medical School and Institute of Medical Biology (A*STAR), Singapore

14:00 - 14:30

Immune: metabolic system cross-talk
Diane Mathis - Harvard University, USA

14:30 - 15:00

Organismal metabolic reprogramming as a defense strategy against infection
Miguel Soares - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers: Klaus Kaestner, Diane Mathis, Filip Swirski

15:30 - 16:00

Lifestyle, immunometabolism, and atherosclerosis
Filip Swirski - Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

16:00 - 16:15 Immune-sympathetic neuron communication underlies adipose tissue browning in cancer associated cachexia
Martina Schweiger - University of Graz, Austria
16:15 - 16:30 Multi-tissue transcriptomic profiling reveals differential regulation of the immune system in the brain-liver-fats organ network of time-restricted fasting mice
Susie Huang - Sidra Medicine, Qatar
16:30 - 17:00 Flash Talks
17:00 - 19:00 Poster Session 2 (even numbers)
19:00 - 21:00 Conference Dinner in the EMBL Canteen
21:00 - 00:00 Conference Party in the ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 4 - Wednesday 18 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 11:45
Session 6: Beyond hormones: non-canonical inter-organ communication
Chair: Kim Rewitz - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
09:00 - 09:30

Long-range signaling at the neural-intestinal axis promotes organismal heme homeostasis
Iqbal Hamza - University of Maryland, USA 

09:30 - 10:00

Host-tumour metabolic and nutritional interactions
Susumu Hirabayashi - MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences and Imperial College London, UK

10:00 - 10:15

Brain-Liver Connectivity Revealed by Tissue-Specific Reconstitution of the Circadian Clock
Kevin Koronowski - University of California - Irvine, USA

10:15 - 10:30

Dynamic adult tracheal plasticity drives stem cell adaptation to changes in Drosophila intestinal homeostasis
Jessica Perochon - University of Glasgow, UK

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers: Iqbal Hamza, Susumu Hirabayashi, Lena Ho

11:00 - 11:30

Brown fat relays an intestinal satiation signal to the brain
Martin Klingenspor - Technical University of Munich, Germany 

11:30 - 11:45

Genetically-induced placental endocrine malfunction leads to changes in maternal metabolic health during and after pregnancy
Jorge Lopez-Trello - University of Cambridge, UK

11:45 - 12:00

Closing remarks and Poster Prize

12:10 Lunch to go and bus departure to downtown stops
12:20 Bus departure to Frankfurt Airport