Neuroendocrine Control of Energy Metabolism Symposium

Symphony of Signals: Body-Brain Interactions in Stereo

In this two-day symposium, we will explore the scientific interface between neuroscience and endocrinology. We will shed new light on how the brain orchestrates metabolic homeostasis in health and pathologies like obesity and type 2 diabetes, and how patients with altered brain function are predisposed to developing cardiometabolic disease. In addition, we will decipher how peripheral signals affect the brain’s ability to maintain energy homeostasis, and how exploitation of this knowledge can lead to future therapies.

Importantly, this symposium will strengthen the intersection of two flagship educational institutions in Denmark, namely the Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA) and Neuroscience Academy Denmark (NAD) to ultimately lead to more interdisciplinary research and training activities.


Join a captivating symposium that will delve into the intriguing intersection of neuroscience and endocrinology.

In the two-day event, you will gain:

  • new insights into how the brain plays a pivotal role in regulating metabolic balance – from its influence on health to its implications in conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • valuable knowledge on how altered brain function can increase susceptibility to cardiometabolic disease
  • clarify on the mysteries of how peripheral signals impact the brain’s ability to maintain energy homeostasis, offering potential avenues for future therapies.

Specifically, scientific sessions include:

  • Obesity Pathogenesis & Solutions – Will Obesity Still be a Problem in 10 Years?
  • Obesity Comorbidities in the Brain
  • Type 2 Diabetes – Is There a Role for the Brain in Blood Glucose Control?
  • Central Control of Peripheral Metabolism & Energy Homeostasis
  • Endocrine Control of Energy Homeostasis

You are invited to present your research at the symposium. Short talks, posters and poster pitches will be arranged based on selected abstracts (please see guidelines under “Abstract Submission”). The organisers will select the oral presentations based on submitted abstracts. If you are not selected for an oral presentation, you may be invited to give a 1-minute poster pitch in plenum. All who have signed up with an abstract will present their research in a poster session. More information will follow after the registration deadline.

There will also be additional, excellent opportunities to expand your professional network and seek out possible future collaborators within different scientific fields as well as across national and international borders.


Download the preliminary programme here.

Confirmed speakers
  • Ami Raval, Associate Professor, University of Miami (US)
  • Carmelo Quarta, Principal Investigator, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (FR)
  • Giles Yeo, Professor, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Gregory Steinberg, Professor, McMaster University (CA)
  • Jens Juul Holst, Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Kerstin Stemmer, Professor, University of Augsburg (DE)
  • Lori Zeltser, Professor, University of Columbia (US)
  • Lotte Bjerre Knudsen, Chief Scientific Advisor, Novo Nordisk (DK)
  • Paul Pfluger, Professor, Helmholtz Munich (DE)
  • Philipp Scherer, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (US)
  • Susanne la Fleur, Professor, University of Amsterdam (NL)

The symposium is jointly organised by the Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy and Neuroscience Academy Denmark.

Organisers of the scientific programme
  • Christoffer Clemmensen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Emma Börgeson, Associate Professor, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Aarhus University (DK)
  • Henriette Kirchner, Professor, CBBM, University of Lübeck (DE)
  • Henrik Oster, Professor and Institute Director, CBBM, University of Lübeck (DE)
  • Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Jens Mittag, Professor, Head of Institute, CBBM, University of Lübeck (DE)
  • Kate Lykke Lambertsen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Kim Ravnskjær, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Lars Grøntved, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Nils J. Færgeman, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Tune H Pers, Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)


Date & time
Starts: May 30, 2024 9:30 am
Ends: May 31, 2024 3:45 pm
Haderup and Holst Auditoriums, Panum Building and Maersk Tower, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 København N
Registration deadline
April 25, 2024

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