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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Inter-Organ Communication in Physiology and Disease


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Conference Overview

One of the major outcomes of research using model organisms is that we are far from knowing all the functions fulfilled by various organs in vertebrates or invertebrates. Deleting one gene at a time in a single cell type is at the origin of unprecedented progress in our understanding of how homeostasis is maintained at the level of an entire organism. As a result, modern physiology has slowly moved from a purely molecular discipline back to being a truly holistic one. This molecular, genetic and yet holistic approach to physiology has had an effect on energy metabolism, the control of blood pressure, the plasticity of cognitive and immune functions, as well as the multiple ways in which organs such as fat, bone or gut can exert control over other organs such as the brain. Symbiotic interactions with resident microbes have added a further dimension to the study of host physiology. 

This symposium aims to provide a high visibility platform to scientists who use modern molecular genetic tools to discover inter-organ communications, and therefore to illustrate how much our molecular and genetic understanding of whole-organism physiology has progressed in the last 20 years. Bringing together scientists interested in various aspects of a single discipline, whole-organism physiology, will foster interactions between researchers working in different fields in order to speed up the discovery of novel physiologies. This meeting will also directly address a central question:  How can recent developments in whole-organism physiology pave the way to novel and adapted therapies for multiple degenerative diseases? Lastly, it will showcase an approach to modern biology that starts from a question paused at the level of the entire organism and is answered through genetic means at the molecular level.

Session Topics

  • Brain-body crosstalk
  • The gut and its microbes
  • Fat and liver signals
  • Immune-metabolic crosstalk
  • Non-canonical inter-organ communication


Keynote Speaker


Shingo Kajimura

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Asya Rolls

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology


Filip Swirski

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


Scientific Organisers

Conference Organiser

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg



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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

Date: 21 - 23 Mar 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Gerard Karsenty
    Columbia University, USA
    • Irene Miguel-Aliaga
      MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences and Imperial College London, UK
      • Miguel Soares
        Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

      Contact: Nathalie Sneider

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