Meetings & Courses

Lipid Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders

Suzhou, China 
April 10-14, 2017

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Abstract deadline: Feb 24, 2017

Organized by:

Peng Li, Tsinghua University, China

Peter Tontonoz, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Tobias Walther, Harvard T. H. CHAN School of Public Health, USA

Hongyuan Yang, University of New South Wales, Australia


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Lipid Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday April 10, and will conclude after lunch on April 14, 2017.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in lipid Metabolism. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Adipocytes and adipose tissue biology.
2. Neuronal regulation of metabolism
3. Lipogenesis, triacylglycerol synthesis and cellular lipid storage
4. Hepatic steatosis
5. Adipokines, hepatokines and myokines
6. Cholesterol metabolism
7. Cellular lipid trafficking

Keynote Speakers:
Jeffrey Friedman, Rockefeller University, USA
Abstract title: Leptin & the Regulation of Food Intake and Body Weight.
Bao-Liang Song, Wuhan University, CHINA
Abstract title: Trafficking, absorption and beyond: new explorations on the ancient cholesterol molecule

Invited Speakers:
Andrew Brown, University of NSW, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Controlling cholesterol synthesis via targeted enzyme destruction
Guillaume Drin, Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, FRANCE
Abstract title: Sterol transport by ORP/Osh and STARD proteins at contact sites: role of metabolic energy and distance
Mark Febbraio, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: The Chameleon Role TLR4 in Lipid-Induced Macrophage Inflammation
Jay Horton, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA
Abstract title: Regulators of Lipid Metabolism in NAFLD

Xun Huang, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: An N-end rule-mediated proteasomal degradation of ATGL promotes lipid storage
Elina Ikonen, University of Helsinki, FINLAND
Abstract title: Role for formin-like 1-dependent acto-myosin assembly in lipid droplet dynamics and lipid storage
Jae Bum Kim, Seoul National University, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: Downregulation of RNF20 promotes tumorigenesis through SREBP1c-mediated lipogenesis and cell cycle regulation in kidney cancer
Peng Li, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: The Biology and Mechanism of Lipid Storage
Sheng-Cai Lin, Xiamen University, CHINA
Abstract title: TIP60-mediated lipin 1 acetylation links fatty acid sensing to adiposity
Jiandie Lin, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title: The brown fat-enriched secreted factor Nrg4 is an endocrine checkpoint for NASH progression
Jun Liu, Mayo Clinic, USA
Abstract title: Lipolytic control and adaptive response of cancer cells to hypoxia
Guoqing Liu, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title: Generation of human-like small rodent models for dyslipidemic and atherosclerotic studies: CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene targeting of Syrian Golden Hamsters
Pingsheng Liu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Omic Studies Reveal the Pathogenic Lipid Droplet Proteins
Feng Liu, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, CHINA
Abstract title: The Role of Mitochondrial Stress-activated cGAS/STING Signaling Pathway in Obesity-induced Inflammation and Insulin resistance
Susanne Mandrup, University of Southern Denmark, DENMARK
William Prinz, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, USA
Abstract title: Lipid droplet budding from the ER
Karen Reue, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: A critical role for lipin proteins in intestinal lipid synthesis and chylomicron formation
Philipp Scherer, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: The Adipocyte - Impact on Systemic Energy Homeostasis
Lei Sun, DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Dynamic Transcriptome Changes in Adipose Tissue During Obesity Reveal Critical roles of lncRNA Regulators
Qi-Qun Tang, Fudan University, CHINA
Iichiro Shimomura, Osaka University Hospital, JAPAN
Abstract title: Adiponectin/T-cadherin system exerts vascular protection and exosome biogenesis

Peter Tontonoz, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: Transcriptional control of lipid metabolism
Tobias Walther, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Matthew Watt, Monash University, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Role of hepatokines in linking fatty liver to diabetes
Markus Wenk, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Rui-ping Xiao, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title: E3 Ligase MG53 and Metabolic Syndrome
Hongyuan Yang, University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Lipid Storage and Trafficking in Human metabolic Disorders
Liqing Yu, Georgia State University, USA
Abstract title: Mice deficient in brown fat lipolysis are not cold sensitive
Qing Zhong, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Crosstalk Among Innate Immunity, Autophagy and Energy Metabolism

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in April, 2017.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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