Metabolism is referred to as the “chemistry of life” and any dysfunction in its various pathways can greatly affect human health. A new scientific meeting hosted by the Morgridge Institute for Research will focus on the underlying mechanisms of metabolic diseases and innovations in the tools used to study them.
The Frontiers in Metabolism — Mechanisms of Metabolic Diseases meeting will take place Sept. 17-19, 2018, at the Discovery Building in Madison, Wis.
Dave Pagliarini, director of the Metabolism Theme at the Morgridge Institute and meeting organizer, says the meeting will bring together a diverse group of leaders who investigate the basic mechanistic underpinnings of metabolic disorders and pioneer new approaches for probing and quantifying metabolic processes. The broad swath of topics will span cancer metabolism to lipid dysregulation to mitochondrial signaling.
“We have a vibrant, growing metabolism community in Madison, and the Morgridge Institute and UW-Madison are emerging leaders in this field,” Pagliarini says. “It’s a place that greatly values this area of research and is heavily investing in its future.”
Researchers from around the world — 25 international leaders in total — will be presenting in sessions regarding:
- Genetics and metabolism
- Dysregulated metabolism in cancer
- Lipids in metabolism
- Chemical, computational and analytical approaches
- Signaling and regulation
- Mitochondria in metabolism
Advances in technology are bringing new insights into metabolic processes and revealing that there are more gaps in knowledge than previously thought, Pagliarini says.
“There’s also been an important realization that metabolism isn’t merely a readout of what’s otherwise happening in the body, but instead is a fundamental driver of diverse biological processes,” Pagliarini says. “Metabolites are increasingly appreciated as robust signaling molecules, demanding that we arrive at a deeper appreciation of how and when they are produced, and where the go.”
Frontiers in Metabolism — Mechanisms of Metabolic Diseases
September 17-19 2018
This meeting is conducted in partnership with UW-Madison and the Lausanne Integrative Metabolism and Nutrition Alliance (LIMNA). It will bring together a diverse group of scientists who investigate the basic mechanistic underpinnings of metabolic disorders and pioneer new approaches for probing and quantifying metabolic processes.