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Cell Symposia: Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Physiology of Obesity

At present, we intend to host the Cell Symposium: Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Physiology of Obesity onsite in Shanghai, China, on October 14-16, 2022, to best facilitate in-person networking and learning.

However, as the future situation regarding international travel remains uncertain, we have the option to switch to our fully interactive online conference platform. Rest assured that should this change occur, we will notify you and your registration will be carried over to the online event, with a refund of any difference in registration fee. Should this not be appropriate for you at the time, we will be able to refund your registration, minus a cancellation fee. Should the organizers cancel the conference, you will be entitled to a full refund.

Energy metabolism underlies all facets of human health. The rates of obesity and the associated comorbidities including type II diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are at all-time highs in not only the West, but the East as well. Understanding how energy metabolism is regulated is therefore of primary importance worldwide.

This symposium would begin by highlighting the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in control of energy homeostasis. In the first session, work from prominent researchers would focus on how our cells synthesize, store, and utilize fats. The second session would focus on the molecular signaling that occurs in organelles that control energy homeostasis, including the ER and mitochondria. The symposium will also take a whole-body view of understanding obesity and obesity-related diseases by focusing on the complex crosstalk that occurs between tissues to regulate energy homeostasis and influence pathology. Session three would focus on the role that adipocytes and adipose play not only in storing lipids, but sensing stimuli in the environment and signaling to other tissues. Session four would examine the complex role that the liver plays in energy homeostasis. Finally, we would discuss some very timely and exciting roles that inflammation and immune signaling as well as the microbiome play in driving obesity and obesity-related disorders.


  • Lipid metabolism and storage
  • Organelles and signaling underlying obesity pathogenesis
  • Cross-tissue communication in obesity and obesity-related disease—adipose
  • Cross-tissue communication in obesity and obesity-related disease—liver
  • Immune metabolism and microbiome in obesity and metabolic disease
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Plenary Speakers

  • Myriam Aouadi, Sweden
    Ellen Blaak, The Netherlands
    Paul Cohen, USA
    Ana Maria Cuervo, USA
    Ana Domingos, UK
    Jae Bum Kim, Korea
    Peng Li, China
    Xiaoying Li, China
    Mikael Rydén, Sweden
    Alan Saltiel, USA
    Bao-liang Song, China
    Tobias Walther, USA
    Shi-min Zhao, China

    More speakers to follow.


  • Peng Li, Fudan University & Tsinghua University, China
    Alan Saltiel, University of California, San Diego, USA
    Allyson Evans, Editor-in-Chief, Cell Metabolism
    Kristan van der Vos, Scientific Editor, Cell Reports Medicine

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