Nature Conference: Advances in Metabolic Communication
The coordination of nutrient sensing and energy metabolism is essential for the maintenance of cellular and organismal homeostasis. To achieve this finely tuned regulation, metabolic information must be communicated among cells, tissues and organs. The goal of this conference is to bring together experts from diverse fields to discuss recent advances in understanding how signaling pathways in one organelle, cell or tissue may influence metabolic functions in other cellular compartments, cells and organs and, ultimately, systemic control of energy homeostasis. The conference will encourage discussion of the physiological processes governing these interactions as well as the role of miscommunication in the development of metabolic diseases and aging. For registration information click here.
Hugo Aguilaniu (Serrapilheira Institute, Brazil), Elena Bellafante (Nature Metabolism, UK), Cristina Caldas (Serrapilheira Institute, Brazil), Fernanda Cunha (Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP, Brazil), Julio Ferreira (University of Sao Paulo – USP, Brazil), Christina Kary (Nature Cell Biology, USA), Marcelo Mori (University of Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil), Christoph Schmitt (Nature Metabolism, Germany).
date15-18 October, 2019
locationBelmond Copacabana Palace
Avenida Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJsee map
Ron Kahn HMS, USA
M. Celeste UPenn, USA
Adam Antebi MPI Cologne, Germanry
Coleen Murphy PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, USA
Jens Brüning MPI Cologne, Germany
Filipe Cabreiro Imperial College London, UK
Dongsheng Cai AECM, USA
Judith Campisi The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA
Ed Chouchani HMS, USA
Ivan de Araujo Mount Sinai, USA
Ana Domingos Oxford, UK
Eran Elinav Weizmann, Israel
Mark Febbraio Melbourne, Australia
Zach Gerhart-Hines CBMR, Denmark
Eric Verdin The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA
Stephan Herzig Helmholtz, Germany
Tiffany Horng ShanghaiTech University, China
Mark Huising UC Davis, USA
Alicia Kowaltowski USP, Brazil
Jiandie Lin University of Michigan, USA
Will Mair HSPH, USA
Matthew Potthoff Iowa, USA
Phil Scherer UT Southwestern, USA
Amita Sehgal UPenn, USA
Gerald Shadel Salk, USA
Meng Wang Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Luca Scorrano UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA, ITALY
Fernanda de Felice FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
DAY 1 / 14:00 - 22:0014:00-15:00: Registration & Welcome Reception (refreshment/light bites)
Session 1: Communication within cells
14:45 - 15:00Welcome remarks and Introduction
15:00 - 15:30Coleen Murphy (Princeton University, USA) | Metabolic Control of Neuronal Aging
15:30 - 16:00Alicia Kowaltowski (USP, Brazil) | Diet, Mitochondria and Calcium: a Metabolic Triad
16:00 - 16:15Short talk (selected from abstracts)
16:15 - 16:45Luca Scorrano (University of Padova, Italy) | The Mitochondrial Cristae Shape Protein Opa1 Promotes Adipose Tissue Browning
16:45 - 17:00Short talk (selected from abstracts)
17:00 - 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 - 18:00Will Mair (HSPH, USA) | A Novel Role for CREB Regulated Transcriptional Coactivator (CRTC)-1 in the Epigenetic Regulation of Aging
18:00 - 19:00Anibal E. Vercesi Lecture
18:00 - 18:10 Tribute to Prof. Dr. Anibal Vercesi and introduction of keynote speaker
18:10 - 19:10 Celeste Simon (Upenn, USA) | Hypoxia, Metabolism, and Tumor Progression
19:10 - 20:30Dinner
19:30 - 22:00Poster Session 1
DAY 2 / 08:00 - 22:00
Session 2: Principles of cell-cell communication
08:00 - 09:00Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:30Judith Campisi (The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA) | Metabolic signaling during aging through senescent cells
09:30 - 10:00Ed Chouchani (HMS, USA) | Why succinate? A unifying mechanism for systemic bioenergetic regulation
10:00 - 10:30Eric Verdin (The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA) | NAD metabolism and chronic inflammation
10:30 - 10:45Short talk (selected from abstracts)
10:45 - 11:00Short talk (selected from abstracts)
11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00Amita Sehgal (UPENN, USA) | Relevance of metabolic communication for sleep
12:00 - 12:30Mark Febbraio (Melbourne, Australia) | Skeletal muscle secretory proteins: a link between regular physical activity and reduced disease risk in obesity?
12:30 - 13:00Mark Huising (UC DAVIS, USA) | The difference delta cells make: intra-islet crosstalk determines the glycemic set point
13:00 - 16:00Lunch time/ Beach time (Lunch not included)
Session 3: From organelles to tissues
15:30 - 16:00Coffee/ Networking
16:00 - 16:30Gerald Shadel (SALK, USA) | Mitochondrial Stress Signaling in Disease, Aging and Immunity
16:30 - 17:00Adam Antebi (MPI Cologne, Germany) | Organellar crosstalk in longevity regulation
17:00 - 17:30Dongsheng Cai (AECM, USA) | Hypothalamus and molecular immunity in metabolic dysregulation
17:30 - 17:45Short talk (selected from abstracts)
17:45 - 18:00Short talk (selected from abstracts)
18:00 - 19:30Dinner
19:30 - 22:00Poster Session 2
DAY 3 / 08:00 - 00:00
Session 4: Inter-organ crosstalk
08:00 - 09:00Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:30Stephan Herzig (Helmholtz, Germany) | Organ cross-talk in cancer and metabolic dysfunction
09:30 - 10:00Jiandie Lin (University of Michigan, USA) | Mapping the landscape of cell-cell communications in metabolic disease
10:00 - 10:30Phil Scherer (UT Southwestern, USA) | The Adipocyte in Systemic Energy Regulation
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30Zach Gerhart-Hines (CBMR, Denmark) | Non-canonical signaling pathways controlling adipose thermogenesis
11:30 - 12:00Fernanda de Felice (UFRJ, Brazil) | The influence of periphery-to-brain communication in Alzheimer’s disease
12:00 - 12:15Short talk (selected from abstracts)
12:15 - 12:30Short talk (selected from abstracts)
12:30 - 15:00Lunch time/ Beach time (Lunch not included)
15:00 - 15:30Coffee/ Networking
15:30 - 16:00Ana Domingos (Oxford, UK) | Sympathetic Neuroimmunity in Obesity
16:00 - 16:30Ivan de Araujo (Mount Sinai, USA) | The Gut-Brain Axis and Motivated Behavior
16:30 - 17:00Jens Brüning (MPI Cologne, Germany) | Heterogenous microarchitecture of melanocortin circuits
17:00 - 19:30Poster session 3
20:00 - 00:00Dinner Party
DAY 4 / 09:00 - 14:00
Session 4: Inter-organ crosstalk
09:00 - 09:30Matthew Potthoff (Iowa, USA) | FGF21 Sweet Talks the Brain
09:30 - 10:00Tiffany Horng (ShanghaiTech University, China) | The glycerol phosphate enzyme GPD2 regulates glucose oxidation and inflammatory responses in macrophages
10:00 - 10:30Meng Wang (Baylor College of Medicine, USA) | Lysosomal Metabolic Signals in Orchestrating Cellular and Organism Homeostasis
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30Filipe Cabreiro (Imperial College London, UK) | Drug-Nutrient-Microbe-Host Metabolic Cross-talk to Improve Ageing
11:30 - 12:00Eran Elinav (Weizmann, Israel) | Host micro biome interactions in health and disease
12:00 - 12:15Short talk (selected from abstracts)
12:15 - 12:30Short talk (selected from abstracts)
12:30 - 13:40Leopoldo de Meis Lecture
12:30 - 12:40: Tribute to Prof. Dr. Leopoldo de Meis and introduction of keynote speaker
12:40 -13:40: Ron Kahn (HMS, USA) | Communication by Exosomes Provides Unique Selectivity in Physiological Regulation
13:40 - 14:00Wrap Up and Conclusion
14:00 - 18:00Sugar Loaf Tour (Optional)
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The time zone for Rio de Janeiro is GMT – 3:00.
GIG – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Hosts domestic and international flights.
Phone: +55 21 3004-6050
GIG is located on an island, “Ilha do Governador”, and connected to the rest of the city by freeways. All Brazilian airlines and over twenty international airlines fly to this airport.
SDU – Santos Dumont Airport
Phone: +55 21 3814-7070
Located in “Centro” (Downtown), SDU connects Rio to the other main cities in Brazil. Buses and VLT trams connect SDU to Downtown and beyond.
There is an express bus from Galeão and Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana, from Premium Company. Route 2018. Fare: R$ 15,00
Taxis and related services
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Yellow cabs from Galeão charge an approximate fare of R$ 50-R$60 to Copacabana.
Yellow cabs from Santos Dumont Airport charge an approximate fare of R$ 30-R$40 to Copacabana.
Executive cabs charge an approximate fare of R$ 70-R$80 from Galeão to Copacabana.
Executive cabs charge an approximate fare of R$ 50-R$60 from Santos Dumont to Copacabana.
Taxi rio http://prefeitura.rio/web/taxirio
Car and Van Services
Tel +55-21-3272 5999
Tel +55-21-2269 3312
Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city at sea level and the Conference will take place during the spring. Typical temperatures may vary between 25 and 42°C (77°-108° F).
Rio’s water is not considered pure by international standards. Due to liberal use of chlorine in the tap water, it is advisable that you only consume bottled or filtered water.
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Address: Rua Humberto de Campos, 315 – Leblon
Phone: +55 21 2334-6804
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Consulates in Rio de Janeiro
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You can use the event booking code for special prices at the hotels bellow.
Booking code: NATURE
Windsor Leme Hotel
Address: Avenida Atlântica, 656 – Leme,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22010-000.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5400
Address: Avenida Atlântica, 1800 – Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22021-001.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5800
Address: Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 335 – Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 2020-002.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5300
* The registration will be charged at the exchange rate at the time of payment. According approximately prices are USD and may vary with the exchange rate of the day.
*The registration fee does not include accommodations, which must be booked separately.
Early Registration (Deadline August 23rd)
Students BRL R$ 1.100,00 / $ 275 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 1.760,00 / $ 440 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 2.640,00 / $ 660 USD *
Early Registration with Sugar Loaf Tour on October 18th (Deadline August 23rd)
Students BRL R$ 1.245,20 / $ 312 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 1.905,20 / $ 477 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 2785,20 / $ 697 USD *
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Students BRL R$ 1.540,00 / $ 385 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 2.200,00 / $ 550 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 3.080,00 / $ 770 USD *
Abstracts submission (Deadline August 23rd)
To submit abstracts and posters click here. The abstract final selection will be informed until September 9th.
Scholarship submission (Deadline postponed to July 1st)
Final result: click here
Serrapilheira Institute will offer 10 scholarships for students and postdoctoral fellows to take part in the upcoming Nature Conference: Advances in Metabolic Communication. The institute will prioritize applications from individuals that have limited access to financial support. The scholarship will offer free admittance to the conference. Abstracts submitted for poster/oral presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. To apply for the scholarship, submit your abstract and fill the form through the link. The scholarship new deadline is July 1st. Instituto Serrapilheira will announce the awardees until July 15th.
NOTE: Applying for this scholarship does not exempt you from having to submit your abstract and register through the Nature Conference platform following the Conference deadlines (link). We just ask you to wait for the scholarship decision prior to do so.
– Access to all sessions
– Meals and refreshments as indicated on the program
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About Sugar Loaf
Over a million tourists every year visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. Above sea level, the tour offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.
Registration cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received on or before September 24th, 2019 will be honored with a refund minus a $100 administration fee. Refunds will be credited to the credit card account used for registration. No refunds will be disbursed for cancellations received after September 24th, 2019.
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About Serrapilheira Institute
Created in 2017, Serrapilheira is a non-profit, private institution which promotes science in Brazil. Its main objective is to finance high-quality research with a focus on knowledge production and science outreach initiatives. We allocate resources to support projects in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics. An endowment fund of $110 million was set up in 2016.