Monday, September 20, 2021
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Biochemistry Focus webinar series: Novel frontiers of Adipose tissue in health and disease

This webinar addresses current and emerging concepts on Adipose Biology in health and disease. Adipose tissue consists of white and brown; whose functions are to store excess energy and burn energy to maintain core body temperature, respectively. This classification into brown and white is simplistic as adipose tissue is a heterogeneous organ with the capability to interconvert between white, brown and beige in response to various physiological stimuli. Adipose tissue consists of multiple cell types including adipocytes, progenitors, immune cells and endothelial cells that interact and communicate with one another to maintain tissue homeostasis. At the whole-body level, adipose tissue supplies fatty acids as fuel through the biochemical process of lipolysis. From a therapeutic standpoint, there is much interest in studying adipose tissue as brown fat has great capacity to burn excess energy for the treatment of obesity and the dysfunction of white fat is implicated in numerous metabolic diseases.

At this event, we welcome Dr Gregory Steinberg, Professor of medicine at McMaster University and also the founding co-director of the McMaster Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research; and Dr Emilio Mottillo, an Assistant Scientist in the Hypertension and Cardiovascular Research Division at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

This webinar was chaired by Dr Camilla Scheele, an Associate Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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