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Isotope Tracers in Metabolic Research: Principles and Practice of Kinetic Analysis

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Course Directors: Robert Wolfe, PhD and Henri Brunengraber*, MD, PhD

Sponsored by NIDDK and organized on behalf of the NIH-sponsored Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers (MMPC)

This is the fifth annual offering of a course that provides basic introductory and comprehensive information on performing metabolic studies using tracers labeled with radioactive or stable isotopes, in man and in animals. The course is designed for beginners as well as those with experience who wish to expand their capabilities to more sophisticated problems. The faculty is well-versed in a variety of applications and methodologies. The number of attendees is limited to 100.

Meeting Objectives

Techniques will be presented for investigating whole body metabolism, for metabolite balance across organs, intracellular flux rates and pathway regulation. General aspects of modeling will be considered, as well as specific applications in the study of carbohydrate, fat, protein metabolism and energy balance. Theoretical and practical matters related to sample analysis by mass spectrometry and NMR will be discussed, including detailed numerical examples of calculations involved in determining isotopic enrichment and basic kinetic parameters. Advanced lectures will discuss in more detail the use of positional and mass isotopomer analysis for intracellular flux rates and various aspects of protein and amino acid metabolism. Applications in humans and animal models (particularly mouse) will be considered.

Course material will be presented in organized lectures and informal workshops. Problem sets and discussion questions will highlight each lecture. Lecture notes and problem sets will be available to registrants to be downloaded from the web at the course. In addition to organized sessions, attendees will have ample opportunities for personal interaction with faculty members to discuss issues of particular interest to them in depth.

*supported by R25 DK082376 to H. Brunengraber


Douglas Befroy, Henri Brunengraber (Course Co-Director), Gary Cline, Joanne Kelleher, Maren Laughlin, Owen McGuinness, Matthew Merritt, Elizabeth Parks, Stephen Previs, Michelle Puchowicz, Robert Wolfe (Course Director)

Sponsored by

  • Grant R25-DK082376 from NIDDK to H. Brunengraber
  • Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
  • The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
  • The National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

Registration Form

Click here (PDF, 195 KB) to download the Registration Form.

Please send registration form with your check to:
Isotope Tracers Course
Deb Viane, Assistant
4301 W. Markham Street, Slot 806
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

Event Logistics


Peabody Little Rock
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

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Program Contact
Deborah Viane
T: 501-526-5709

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