New session announced for Metabolism, Diet and Disease conference

New session announced for Metabolism, Diet and Disease conference

Conference to examine the increasing problems of obesity and metabolic disease and the connection between cancer and obesity.

What's going wrong? The increasing problems of obesity and metabolic disease, the connection between cancer and obesity, and what we can do about it.

BioMed Central's conference on Metabolism, Diet and Disease
A new session is announced for Metabolism, Diet and Disease at The Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, Washington DC, May 29 to 31, 2012.

New Session
'Dietary factors in metabolic disease'

Chaired by Dr Gary Taubes
Does fructose contribute to metabolic disease? Luc Tappy from the University of Lausanne will join a distinguished list of speakers to talk about whether his studies support the controversial hypothesis that sugar is toxic.

Looking at the flipside of the same question, Jeff Volek from the University of Connecticut and Nutrition & Metabolism journal will present evidence of the effects of low-carbohydrate diets on metabolic syndrome.

Metabolism, Diet and Disease
Obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance, and cancer, are major health concerns of the 21st century. This conference will discuss how scientific research into the biochemistry, cell biology and genetics of metabolism can address these major health problems and explore how this knowledge may be used to understand ageing and longevity.

Keynote lectures
'Surviving Starvation: Essential Role of the Ghrelin-Growth Hormone Axis' by the Nobel prize winner Joseph L. Goldstein, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
'Leptin and the physiological circuitry of weight control' to be given by Jeffrey Friedman, The Rockefeller University, USA
'Irisin and the Therapeutic Benefits of Exercise' by Bruce Spiegelman, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
'Beyond Insulin: Rethinking Cellular Metabolism' by Craig Thompson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Sessions on
The biological basis of metabolic disease
The specialized metabolism of the cancer cell
The epigenetics of metabolism and ageing
Diet and nutrition and health policy and practice

Panel discussion
'The connection between cancer and obesity and what we can do about it'

Chaired by
Gregory Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacodynamics at Brandeis University

Discussants will include
Gary Taubes, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Independent Investigator in Health Policy Research at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health, and author of 'The Diet Delusion'.

Registration for the conference is still open. Details of the conference, provisional program, and how to register can all be found on the conference website.

A limited number of press passes to attend the conference are available. Please contact me for further details, including speaker profiles, and to pre-arrange advance interviews, or submit questions to the panel discussion.  

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