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Exploring the Role of Brown Fat in Humans 2014

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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 Hospital Los Angeles)
  • Maren Laughlin (NIDDK, NIH, HHS)

Meeting Outcomes

Brown Fat in Humans Consensus Points and Experimental Guidelines.pdf (PDF, 102.79 KB)

The attendees list is available for download here. Participants List-2-11-14 FINAL.pdf (PDF, 319.5 KB)

Event Logistics


Lister Hall Auditorium
Building 38 A National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Program Contact
Carol Haft, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-7689

Maren Laughlin, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-8802

Meeting Logistics
Michelle Watson
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990

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