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3rd International Graz Symposium on Lipid and Membrane Biology

GrazMarch 18-20, 2010   -   Graz, Austria


General Information
Conference Dates and Venue
Programm & List of Speakers
Abstract Submission and Presentations
Social Program
Travel Information
Related links



Have a look at some photos taken during the symposium.

Information for the Media / Presseinformationen

Hier finden Sie einen ausführlichen Pressetext in deutscher Sprache.

General Information

Interdisciplinary research among Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Physiology and Medicine has enabled significant progress in understanding the dynamics, function and dysfunction of biological membranes and lipid storage and mobilization, and the significance of these processes for human health and disease.

Lipotoxicity is referred to as the anomalous uptake, generation, and activity of lipid derivatives mediating adverse, "lipotoxic" effects including dysregulation of metabolic pathways, cell- and organelle dysfunction, and cell death. The meeting will address lipotoxicity as a pathological basis of prevalent human diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. Recent discoveries of molecular processes that can induce or prevent lipotoxicity and that are expected to contribute to the identification of valid targets for disease intervention will be discussed.

The 3rd Graz Symposium is organized by the SFB LIPOTOX, a networking program supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (www.fwf.ac.at), the City of Graz, and the County of Styria. It is supported by the PhD program "Molecular Enzymology" (http://dk.uni-graz.at/) and the Lipidomics Research Center Graz initiative, a node in the EU LipidomicsNet.

Conference Dates and Venue

March 18-20, 2010
Opening: March 18, 12°°

Conference venue: Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz, Austria


The final program is now available (updated March 17).


List of Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Kaveh ASHRAFI, San Francisco, CA, USA
University of California

George CARMAN, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Department of Food Science

Isabelle DUGAIL, Paris, France
INSERM - Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale

Yusuf HANNUN, Charleston, USA
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Shun ISHIBASHI, Shimotsuke, Tochigi, Japan
Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Richard LEHNER, Edmonton, Canada
University of Alberta, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Cell Biology

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Section on Organelle Biology,
Cell Biology and Metabolism Program

Davis NG, Singapore
National University of Singapore,
Department of Biological Sciences

Kai SIMONS, Dresden, Germany
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Christoph THIELE, Bonn, Germany

LIMES Life and Medical Sciences Bonn, Biochemistry & Cell Biology of Lipids

Michael THUMM, Goettingen, Germany

University of Goettingen, Department of Biochemistry - Molecular Cell Biology

Tobias WALTHER, Munich, Germany
Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Organelle Architecture and Dynamics

Michael WELTE
, Rochester, NY, USA
University of Rochester, Department of Biology

For a PDF-version of the list, please click here.


Early registration:
until January 31, 2010; registration fee: regular 200 € / students 50 € Registration fee for group members of SFB LIPOTOX, GOLD, and DK Molecular Enzymology until January 31, 2010: 0 €; however, you need to register online (see link below)!

Registration fee between January 31 and March 10, 2010: regular 500 € / students 200 € / group members of SFB LIPOTOX, GOLD, and DK Molecular Enzymology 50 €.

If you want to register after March 10, please contact us at the registration desk on site. Payment for registration and the social program is possible by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express) or bank transfer. Click here for bank details.

Online registration and payment by credit card

If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Lanschützer.

Abstract Submission and Poster Presentations

Young scientists will have the opportunity to present a poster or to be selected for a short talk. Posters and talks will be selected from all submitted abstracts by the scientific committee. A maximum number of 25 posters will be accepted. Abstracts must be in English. Please use this form to submit your abstract by mail to Claudia Lanschützer. The deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2010. Please note that for organizational reasons no exceptions can be made concerning this deadline.

Social program

We invite you to join us for a guided tour through the beautiful Old Town of Graz in the afternoon of Saturday, March 20. Please let us know us via the online registration form (see link above) if you want to participate.


3 Best Poster Awards and 1 Best Short Talk Award will be selected by the plenary speakers.

Travel Information

Valuable travel-related information is offered by Graz Tourism at www.graz.at/cms/ziel/606743/EN/.
If you have any further questions or if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact Claudia Lanschützer.

Related Links

Information on Graz, Styria, and the universities participating in the SFB LIPOTOX


Supported by the Austrian Science Fund

Project Management: Mag. Caroline Schober, University of Graz, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Heinrichstrasse 31, A-8010 Graz, Austria