15th World Obesity Federation Stock Conference

Jun 25, 2020

Training & EventsEvents15th World Obesity Federation Stock Conference

In the light of the restrictions on movement and gathering during this current global pandemic, the decision has been taken to postpone the 15th Stock Conference to spring/summer 2021. The exact dates will be communicated later this year and we hope you will still be able to join us in Fribourg.


Obesity and cachexia are all debilitating conditions of altered body composition fundamentally caused by an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure and the partitioning of this energy imbalance between fat and lean tissue. The physiological basis for this lean-fat partitioning is poorly understood, and begs the question of how body composition is regulated in health and disease.  What determines the partitioning of energy between fat and lean tissue during under- and over-nutrition?  How does the interaction between lean-fat partitioning, protein-energy metabolism and energy balance behaviours integrate to regulate body composition? How is the lean-fat partitioning influenced by genetics, epigenetics, diet composition and physical activity to predispose to cachexia, sarcopenia, obesity and type 2 diabetes?

In addressing these questions, this conference brings together scientists and clinicians working in this field to engage over two days in discussions about the past, present and evolving concepts on the physiology and pathophysiology of lean-fat partitioning across the lifespan.  It will also serve to pinpoint the most pressing gaps in current knowledge for future research towards a better management of cachexia, obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

This conference is organized within the framework of the World Obesity Stock Conferences which are unique in that they encourage a strong focus on discussion among the participants, facilitated by the small size of the conference (max 50 participants), and the ample discussion time allocated after each speaker’s talk, as well as in morning and afternoon refreshments breaks and during lunch.

The number of places available for this conference is limited to a maximum of 30 to ensure it can retain its discussion-oriented small conference format. There is an application process to attend. You can download the application form here.

Applicants may also submit an abstract for the oral or poster session together with their application form and CV. This abstract must be relevant to the specific topic of the conference and the abstract text should be no longer than 250 words (excluding title and authors' names and affiliations/institutions). Applicants will be informed by early April if their abstract is accepted for the conference.

Thursday 25 June 2020

08:00

Registration

 

08:30

Welcome and overview

David York, Yves Boirie & Abdul Dulloo

 

09:00

The P-ratio concept in body weight regulation: from a historical perspective  

Jeya Henry, Institute for Clinical Sciences, Singapore

 

09:40

Lean-fat partitioning as a control system in body composition autoregulation

Abdul Dulloo, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

 

10:20

Refreshment break

 

11:00

Lean-fat partitioning & behavioural mechanisms for weight regain

James Stubbs , University of Leeds, UK

 

11:40

Protein metabolism adaptations to massive energy deficits

Yves Boirie , University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

 

12:20

Lunch and poster session

 

14:00

The epidemic of diabesity:  insights from the capacity-load model

Jonathan Wells, University of London, UK

 

14:40

Gene-diet interactions in human body composition regulation

Steven R. Smith, Translational Research Institute for Metabolism & Diabetes, Orlando, FL, USA

 

15:20

Refreshment break

 

16:00

Short talks (selected from submitted abstracts)

5 x Oral Abstract Presentations  

 

17:30

Close day 1

 

 

Friday 26 June 2020

09:00

Weight cycling and other risk factors of sarcopenia in obese older subjects

Mauro Zamboni, University of Verona, Italy

 

09:40

Simulating body composition dynamics in weight regulation & obesity management

Kevin Hall, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

 

10:20

Refreshment break

 

11:00

Lean-Fat partitioning in response to changes in physical activity: lessons from extreme paradigms

Audrey Bergouignan, Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS, Strasbourg, France

 

11:40

Seasonal body composition dynamics in athletes

Bengt Kayser, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

12:20

Lunch and poster session

 

14:00

Partitioning within-lean and within-fat compartments during weight changes

Dympna Gallagher, Columbia University, USA 

 

14:40

Issues in interpreting body composition and related metabolic functions in response to weight loss and weight gain.

Manfred Müller, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

 

15:20

Refreshment break

 

16:00

Summary / Wrap-up session

• What are the key gaps in current knowledge for future research to address?

• What can be already be recommended in clinical practice & for public health?  

 

17:00

Close

 

Convenor

David A. York

Wayne State School of Medicine, USA

Scientific Co-Chair

Abdul G. Dulloo

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Scientific Co-Chair

Yves Boirie

University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

Scientific Committee

Yves Schutz

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Scientific Committee

David Thivel

University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

Scientific Committee

James Stubbs

University of Leeds, UK

Scientific Committee

Jennifer Miles-Chan

University of Auckland, New Zealand

If you have any queries about this conference, please contact Dr Abdul Dulloo on abdul.dulloo@unifr.ch

Organised by World Obesity Federation in association with the Faculty of Science and Medicine, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Want to attend?

The number of places available for this conference is limited to a maximum of 30 to ensure it can retain its discussion-oriented small conference format. There is an application process to attend, which you can start right now by downloading our application form.

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