Obesity: From Cell to Patient
joint with Diabetes: Many Faces of the Disease
Scientific Organizers: Kevin L. Grove, Rachel L. Batterham and Shane T. Hentges
Date: January 29 - February 02, 2021
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Obesity is a chronic disease affecting approximately 640 million people world-wide. Obesity is associated with numerous co-morbidities, including diabetes. The goals of this meeting are to gather world leaders in obesity research and cover the topic from the cell to the patient. Historically this Keystone meeting is considered the most important in the field; however, it has primarily focused on the basic research. To address this gap, we have tried to provide a greater balance with clinical/translational research. Furthermore, we are planning a patient engagement and clinical roundtable workshop that will provide a greater understanding of the serious clinical needs surrounding this disease. We believe this session will also provide inspiration to basic scientist and the importance of their research. For this meeting we have also put a special focus on the Gut/Brain axis, including the microbiota, as there is emerging research in this area that make transformational steps in our understanding of etiology of this disease, as well as the treatment. There is strong evidence that the Gut/Brain axis is important not just for appetitive behavior but also energy homeostasis, blood glucose and even emotional state. Finally, this meeting is being proposed to be held in conjunction with the Diabetes meeting, as there is obvious overlap in these fields. To meet this purpose, we are planning three joint sessions, with a joint Keynote speaker. With this joint meeting we expect this to draw the leaders in this field from around the field as well as next generation.
Registration for this meeting is not open yet, it will open later in January 2020