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Obesity: Peripheral and Central Pathways Regulating Energy Homeostasis
joint with Diabetes: Molecular Genetics, Signaling Pathways and Integrated Physiology
Organizer(s): Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, Stephen O'Rahilly and Marc L. Reitman
Date: January 14 - 19, 2007
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Supported by the Director's Fund
Summary of Meeting:
Obesity occurs when energy intake exceeds energy output. In the past four decades obesity has emerged as a significant medical problem, initially in the West but increasingly in developing countries as well. Obesity plays a major role in the development of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Successful treatment of obesity would lead to significant decreased risk for these illnesses. In the case of type 2 diabetes, weight loss can lead to complete resolution in many patients, while in others it results in marked improvements in glucose control. While there is increased understanding of the physiologic and molecular pathways that lead to a state of energy balance that favors obesity, much remains to be discovered. Furthermore, development of successful pharmacologic therapy remains elusive. In the past few years, a focus on interactions between fat and the central nervous system has provided important insights in the area. The role of nutrient sensing in modulating energy balance has also become an important topic for investigation and, recently, the gut has emerged as another key organ in energy homeostasis. The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers involved in understanding organ-specific aspects of the molecular and physiologic pathways regulating energy homeostasis, with the aim of developing a systematic approach for integrating and regulating these pathways.
Scholarship Deadline: September 14 2006
Discounted Abstract Deadline: September 14 2006
Abstract Deadline: October 17 2006
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 14 2006
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
ALPCO DiagnosticsEducational donation provided by AmgenMerck Research LaboratoriesNovus Biologicals, Inc.Seahorse Bioscience, Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Abbott Laboratories

Merck Research Laboratories

Pfizer Inc.
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 DK076500-01
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