On November 3, 2017, the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research hosted its annual symposium entitled “Lipid Biology and Disease.” It was a full-day symposium that showcased the best and the state-of-art research findings from world-renowned and rising faculty in the center. The focus of the symposium, organized by Grace Guo of the School of Pharmacy and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, was the molecular regulation of lipid biology and its implications in human disease.
The symposium brought together the lipid community from across Rutgers University to discuss the state of science in the role of lipids in health and disease. The symposium was held at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on the G.H. Cook Campus at Rutgers, and featured speakers from Department of Food Science; New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health; Institute of Metabolic Disorders; Department of Nutritional Sciences; School of Pharmacy; Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute; Department of Surgery; and Department of Pharmacology from the School of Medicine; and Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology. The scientists shared their knowledge, results, and insights into how lipids relate to metabolic diseases. The symposium was well attended by 120 participants that represented scientists and health care professionals from New Jersey and the greater New York City area.
In addition to the featured speakers, the symposium was energized by a lively poster session of research presented by undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates. “The spirited discussions at the poster session were a major highlight of the symposium,” said George M. Carman, director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research. Five poster presenters were recognized for outstanding research achievement and awarded travel funds to present their work at the next Big Ten Academic Alliance-Lipids Conference at Purdue University in February 2018.