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Exploring the Role of Brown Fat in Humans

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Event Details

Meeting Objectives

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) announces a workshop focused on elucidating the roles of recently described brown and beige/brite fat in people. Speakers will describe state-of-the-art technology for monitoring human brown adipose tissue (hBAT) mass and function, and present recent basic and clinical data. Plenary talks, selected “hot topic” presentations, and a poster session will provide a forum for interactions among basic scientists and clinical researchers.

Scientific Focus

  • Physiological Functions and Clinical Relevance of hBAT: The 2013 Perspective
  • Classical and Inducible Brown, Beige, Brite, B/B Fat in Humans
  • Measuring hBAT Activity: Pushing the Limits of Position Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
  • hBAT as a Therapeutic Target: Investigations in Different Populations
  • Measuring hBAT Mass and Activity: Emerging Approaches
  • Novel Roles of hBAT: Thinking Outside the Box

Planning Committee

Aaron Cypess (Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University)
Carol Haft (NIDDK, NIH, HSS)
Houchun Harry Hu (Children's Hispital Los Angeles)
Maren Laughlin (NIDDK, NIH, HHS)