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Obesity: New Insights into Pathogenesis and Treatment
joint with Toward Understanding Islet Biology
Organizer(s): Michael W. Schwartz, Sheila Collins and Gregory S. Barsh
Date: January 21 - 26, 2003
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Sponsored by Biovitrum AB
Summary of Meeting:
Maintenance of stable body weight is achieved via a biological process known as energy homeostasis, which matches cumulative energy intake to expenditure over time. Obesity is the most common disorder of energy homeostasis and, because of its increasing prevalence and strong links to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, is a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Energy homeostasis involves humoral signals such as leptin that create a circuit between peripheral tissues involved in energy storage and utilization and central networks controlling energy balance. Understanding of how defects in this homeostatic system cause obesity is critical for the development of new, more effective forms of obesity therapy. This symposium will focus on molecular, genetic, cellular and physiological aspects of normal and abnormal energy homeostasis and on the application of new technologies to their study. Progress towards improved therapeutic options for obesity and their implications for public health and public policy will be emphasized.
Discounted Abstract Deadline: September 23 2002
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 21 2002
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:

Abbott Laboratories

Affinity BioReagents, Inc.
Biovitrum AB
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grant No. 1 R13 DK062941-01
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