Metabolism, Obesity and Obesity-associated Diseases

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
May 20-24, 2013
Abstract Deadline extended to: March 29, 2013


Schedule Overview

Organized by:

Morris J. Birnbaum, University of Pennsylvania, USA

David James, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia

Karen Reue, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Bao-Liang Song, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, China


Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York based Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Inaugurated in 2010, CSHA is dedicated to promote international scientific exchange in the Asia-Pacific Rim by offering scientific conferences and advanced training courses with highest quality. CSHA is pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia-Metabolism, Obesity and Obesity-associated Diseases, which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center (CSHA’s exclusive venue) in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 20, and will conclude after the lunch on Friday May 24, 2013.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. As a tradition of CSHL, ample social events throughout the conference will be provided in order to facilitating the cross-pollination of scientific ideas.

Major Topics:
A) Adipocytes, lipid droplets and lipolysis
B) Metabolism and neurological disorders
C) lipotoxicity
D) Cholesterol, heart and atherosclerosis
E) Energy homeostasis
F) Insulin signaling and insulin resistance
G) Obesity and inflammation
H) Cancer metabolism
I) Intracellular stress in obesity

Keynote Speakers:
Robert V. Farese, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:The Roots of Obesity: Mechanisms of Lipid Synthesis and Storage

Takashi Kadowaki, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:The role of adiponectin and adiponection receptor in obesity-associated diseases

Invited Speakers:
Morris Birnbaum, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title: The Regulation of Hepatic Metabolism by Insulin
Barbara Cannon, Stockholm University, SWEDEN
Abstract title:The development and characteristics of brown and brite adipose tissues
T.Y. Chang, Dartmouth Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Cellular Cholesterol Esterification and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Russell DeBose-Boyd, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Sterol-Regulated Ubiquitination and Degradation of HMG CoA Reductase
Gen-Sheng Feng, UCSD School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Regulation of leptin signaling and adipogenesis by Shp2
Ira Goldberg, Columbia University, USA
Abstract title:Lipid Storage and Toxicity in the Mouse Heart
David James, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:Mapping the Insulin Phosphoproteome reveals the breadth of the hormone's influence on cell function and new features of the signalling network
Jae Bum Kim, Seoul National University, KOREA
Abstract title:Adipocyte Dysregulation and Insulin Resistance
Peng Li, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Regualtion of Lipid droplet fusion and obesity development by CIDE proteins
Jiandie Lin, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title:Glycolytic muscle: developmental regulation and a reassessment of its role in insulin resistance
Frederick Maxfield, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
Abstract title:The Lysosomal Synapse: A novel mechanism for lipid uptake by macrophages in atherosclerotic lesions
Jan Nedergaard, Stockholm University SWEDEN
Abstract title:The metabolic and thermogenic significance of brown and brite adipose tissues
Darrell Neufer, East Carolina University, USA
Abstract title:Regulation of Insulin Sensitivity via Mitochondrial Bioenergetics and Redox Systems
Jeffrey Pessin, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Regulation of de novo lipogenesis through the control of nuclear SREBP-1c protein stability.
Karen Reue, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:Lipin proteins and protection against tissue lipotoxicity
Kei Sakamoto, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Emerging role of LKB1-dependent kinases in the control of metabolic processes
M. Celeste Simon, HHMI/University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title:Hypoxia, Metabolism and Tumor Progression
Stephen Simpson, The University of Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:Disparate phenotypic consequences of dietary macronutrients reconciled
Bao-Liang Song, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Mechanism of dietary cholesterol absorption by NPC1L1
Cheryl Wellington, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Abstract title:From Concussion to Dementia: Key roles for apolipoproteins
(Hongyuan) Rob Yang, University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:The role of seipin in lipid droplet formation and adipocyte development
Shimin Zhao, Fudan University, CHINA
Abstract title:Acetylation coordinates intermediary 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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May 2013.

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Package Content:

Package TypeEarly
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
March 8,2013 April 22, 2013Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$250¥1,700$275¥1,870$300
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$605¥4,000$645¥4,250$685
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$825¥5,500$890¥5,900$955
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$535¥3,500$570¥3,700$605
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,340$1,025¥6,880$1,115¥7,420$1,205
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Remark:  Lunch, Supper, Tea Break & Social Activities (¥1,500 or $250); Room Rate(Single) :(¥2,000 or $320) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $160), Breakfast is included in the Room Rate. The Package Price is based on the RMB price, price in USD is according to the exchange rate fluctuations.

Please kindly note:

1. The early & normal 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 full 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.

2. For Student Package registered participants, please add your roommate requirement during the online registration. Otherwise, we’ll assign you a roommate among other student participants.

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

4. Please inform us your request on extra day (USD 80/CNY 500 per day) and food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5.We offer CSHA endowed student package for graduate students (student ID is required). This special offer only includes the meeting session pass. Housing, food and social activities are not included in the package.

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