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Lipidomics of Health and Disease

March 24-26, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
*Program is subject to change

Lipid metabolism provides the building blocks for cell growth and replication, signaling molecules that initiate and propagate signals inside and outside of cells, and fuel for cell function and division. The role of these molecular species in human disease has become more apparent with advancements in ability to detect and accurately quantify them. This meeting will integrate information generated through lipidomics studies. Specific areas of focus will include using genetic and proteomic data to identify changes in particular molecular species, the importance of changes in lipid metabolism and signaling and the regulatory enzymes for neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders, cancer and inflammation and immune responses. Featured talks will extend beyond methodologies to integrate the current biological and clinical importance of lipids with lipidomics approaches. This will allow us to focus upon the mechanistic importance of lipids in neurodegeneration and other neurological disorders, cancer, inflammation and metabolic disorders. By identifying enzymes that regulate changes in lipidomics, new targets for therapeutics can also be identified. This approach is inspired by PI3kinase, where the basic biochemistry has led to the development of effective inhibitors. We hope to discover other targets for lipid enzyme therapeutics. By moving towards lipid analysis and the biological and medical importance of lipid regulatory pathways, the goal is to use lipidomic profiling to get to better understand and treat different diseases. The majority of lipid related meetings focus on methodologies. We believe that PI3kinase should be reintegrated into meetings about lipid-related disease because it represents successful implementation of this approach. The PI3Kinase specific meeting is no longer attracting sufficient attendees but it remains an important scientific area for discussion. This meeting will also address the importance of particular lipid molecular as opposed to lipid classes. Modern lipidomic methodologies enabled us to identify more than 20,000 potential lipid species in a cell. There are particular species that regulate enzyme activities and membrane properties and thus functions like signaling and cellular migration. This meeting will include a workshop, led by members of LIPID MAPS, on lipidomics methodologies, data handling and storage to further emphasize the biological and medical importance of lipid diversity.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
for Short Talk Consideration:
February 10, 2021

ePoster Abstract Submission: March 10, 2021

Financial Aid Application: March 10, 2021


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

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Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Nihal Altan-Bonnet

NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, USA

Vytas A. Bankaitis

Texas A&M University, USA

Simon T. Barry

AstraZeneca, UK

Steffany A.L. Bennett

University of Ottawa, Canada

John E. Burke

University of Victoria, Canada

Christine Des Rosiers

Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), Canada

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA246936-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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