Monday 13 June

8:30 –  12:00 Registration desk open

Session 1: Dysfunctional fat

Chair: Tiinamaija Tuomi

9:00 Opening words
Matti Rautalahti
Board member of Paulo Foundation

9:15 “Human genetic insights pertaining to the importance of adipocyte lipid droplets”
David Savage 
Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, UK

9:55 ”Novel genetic determinants of erythrocyte membrane fatty acid composition and metabolic phenotypes among Greenlandic Inuit”
Torben Hansen
Professor, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

10:35 Coffee

11:05 “Mechanisms of liver fat accumulation in humans”
Hannele Yki-Järvinen 
MD, FRCP Professor of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland

11:50 ”Molecular imaging of fatty acid metabolism in vivo”
Pirjo Nuutila
Professor, MD, PhD, Turku PET Centre, University of Turku / Hospital District of Southwest Finland 

12:30 “HIF prolyl 4-hydroxylase-2 inhibition protects against development of metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis”
Peppi Karppinen
University of Oulu, Finland

12:50 Lunch

13:50 Posters

Session 2: Functional interfaces of the endoplasmic reticulum with other cellular machineries

Functional interfaces of the endoplasmic reticulum with other cellular machineries

Chair: Vesa Olkkonen

15:00 EMBO YIP lecture: “Patrolling the borders: regulation of membrane function and identity by ubiquitin dependent proteolysis”
Pedro Carvalho 
Centre for Genomic Regulation, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

15:40 “Regulation of lipid storage by the actin cytoskeleton”
Elina Ikonen
PhD, MD, Academy Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

16:20 “Dissecting autophagosome biogenesis using 3D imaging ”
Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

16:40 Coffee

17:20 “Lipid metabolism-related vs. lipid droplet-related defects in hereditary axon degeneration”
Christian Beetz
PhD, Institut für Klinische Chemie und Laboratoriumsdiagnostik, Universitätsklinikum Jena, Germany

18:00 “The Importance of Phosphatidylethanolamine and Phosphatidylserine for Mitochondrial Function and Lenz-Majewski Syndrome”.
Jean Vance  
PhD, FRSC, Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

19:00 Dinner and social programme


Tuesday 14 June

8:30 –  10:00 Registration desk open

Session 3: Lipid droplet biogenesis and interacting membrane systems

Chair:Elina Ikonen

9:00 TBA
Tobias Walther
Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases, HSPH; Professor of Cell Biology, HMS; Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US

9:40 “Molecular Simulations of Lipid Droplet Biogenesis”
Himanshu Khandelia
PhD, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, DK

10:20 Coffee

10:50 “New insights into the formation and function of caveolae”
Rob Parton
Professor, Group Leader, Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine Division
Investigator, Centre for Rare Diseases Research
Investigator, Breakthrough Science Program in Mechanobiology

11:30 Posters

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Posters

Session 4: Mitochondrial dynamics and interactions

Chair: Elina Ikonen

14:10 “Cell-autonomous and non-autonomous consequences of mitochondrial dysfunction: the organelle and beyond”
Anu Wartiovaara
MD, PhD, Sigrid Jusélius Professor of Clinical Molecular Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland

14:50 TBA
Luca Scorrano
M.D. and Ph.D, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

15:30 “Asymmetric apportioning of aged mitochondria between daughter cells is required for stemness”
Julia Döhla
University of Helsinki, Finland

15:50 Coffee

16:20 “The role of mitochondria in peroxisomal biogenesis”
Heidi McBride 
Ph.D, Canada Research Chair in Mitochondrial Cell Biology; Killam Research Scholar; Professor, McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute

17:00 “Mitochondrial quality control and intracellular vesicle traffic”
Howy Jacobs
Professor of Molecular Biology,  Academy Professor, University of Tampere and Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland

18:45 Conference dinner cruise


Wednesday 15 June

8:30 –  9:30 Registration desk open

Session 5: Lipolysis

Chair: Ville Paavilainen

9:00 ” Selective autophagy and intracellular lipid dynamics”
Ana Maria Cuervo
M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, US

9:40 “Intravascular and intracellular lipoprotein processing in brown adipose tissue”
Jörg Heeren
Professor, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, University Medical Center Hamburg‐Eppendorf, Germany

10:20 “Engaging adipose vasculature to burn fat”
Marius Robciuc
Wihuri Research Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

10:40 Coffee

11:10 TBA
Rudolf Zechner
PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of

11:50 “A molecular switch that turns on selective autophagy”
Vlad Denic
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, US

12:30 “Burning the fat: When Lipid Droplets meet Mitochondria”
Albert Pol
PhD, Group Leader, ICREA Professor, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Spain

13:10 Closing remarks

13:20 Lunch