Iowa to host Big Ten Lipid Symposium

On Friday, October 27, the University of Iowa will host the 5th Big Ten Academic Alliance Lipid Symposium. This regional meeting invites scientists from any career stage and working on any aspect of lipid biology at a Big Ten University to participate in a one-day symposium. This symposium includes nine talks from faculty at Big Ten Universities, a poster session with posters from scientists at any level, and an informal discussion.

Registration is required, but free. Registration includes entry to the symposium and a box lunch.

If you plan to present a poster, please indicate so during registration. You will receive poster instructions via email and poster abstracts will be due October 1, 2023.

Visit the event website for additional information and to register.


7:30-8:30 am Check-in and Poster Setup
8:15-8:30 am Introduction and Welcome
8:30-9:00 am “An end to the age of univariate, monotonic analyses on fatty acids and their oxylipins”
Gregory Shearer, PhD – Professor, Pennsylvania State University
9:00-9:30 am “Modelling Natural Cell Membranes and their Lipid Asymmetry”
Jeffery Klauda, PhD – Professor, University of Maryland
9:30-10:00 am “Influence of Lipolysis-Generated Oxidized Linoleic Acid Metabolites on Adipose Tissue Metabolic Function”
Andres Contreras, DVM, PhD – Associate Professor, Michigan State University
10:00-10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30-11:00 am “Nerves and Lipids: A crucial interaction for metabolic health”
Kristy Townsend, PhD – Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
11:00-11:30 am “Adipose tissue immune cells regulate bacteria-stimulated lipolysis during aging”
Christina Camell, PhD – Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
11:30am-12:00 pm “Mitochondrial remodeling during cold-induced thermogenesis in brown fat”
Shihuan Kuang, PhD – Professor, Purdue University
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch and Posters
2:00-2:30 pm “A Mitochondria-ER-PM contact site regulates the distribution of phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate on the plasma membrane”
Laura Lackner, PhD – Associate Professor, Northwestern University
2:30-3:00 pm “Cool adaptation of adipocytes: role of lipid monounsaturation”
Ormond MacDougald, PhD – Professor, University of Michigan
3:00-3:30 pm “How to protect pancreatic beta cells under nutritional stress: from a viewpoint of lipid droplets”
Yumi Imai, MD – Professor, University of Iowa

The event is being organized by Brandon Davies, PhD, associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Bhagirath Chaurasia, PhD, assistant professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Sponsors for the event include the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, the University of Minnesota Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, and others.

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