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Metabolism Meets Epigenetics


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Symposium Overview

Metabolism and epigenetics are intricately linked, playing a key role in development, cancer, immune signalling and ageing. This symposium brings together world-leading researchers and young scientists to explore this nexus with a particular focus on how metabolites and metabolic networks impact gene regulation, on recently discovered roles of metabolites in disease and how this opens novel therapeutic avenues.

We will highlight enabling molecular and computational tools enabling detection of metabolites in time and space, shedding light on metabolism, and linking metabolism with the regulation of chromatin structure, gene activity and epigenetic inheritance. We will explore recent discoveries at the frontiers of metabolism and epigenetics — focusing at the intersection of these topics — achieved in vitro, in model organisms, inhuman, and in the environment. The goal of our interdisciplinary symposium is to strengthen the emerging connection between metabolism and epigenetics, inspire transformational ideas, and help establish collaborations at this frontier of modern biology.

Session Topics

  • Metabolism
  • Epigenetics
  • Immunometabolism
  • Tools and systems analyses
  • Disease
  • Chromatin

What Past Participants Say about the Symposium

I was delighted to discover new approaches in metabolism from the epigenetic and metabolomic perspective. This conference boosted my view about the potential of my research.” Dr. Manuel A. Fernandez-Rojo, Head of the Hepatic Regenerative Medicine Group, IMDEA-Food Institute, Spain

The conference brought together great speakers and many open-minded young scientists from various fields. It sparked many fruitful discussions, helped to come up with new ideas and enabled me to look at my own PhD project from a different perspective.” Anna Nieborak, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

An outstanding conference on a timely subject. I learned from the experts how metabolic changes and epigenome influence each other.” Anand Swaroop, National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA


Keynote Speakers


Asifa Akhtar

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

Andreas Bergthaler

Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Erika Pearce

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

Scientific Organisers

Erika Pearce

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

Conference Organiser

Inna Boesselmann

EMBL Heidelberg


Date: 17 - 20 Nov 2021

Location: EMBL Heidelberg

Contact: Inna Boesselmann

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