Immunological Aspects of Metabolic Syndrome

Conference Summary

This FASEB SRC focuses on the role of the immune system in the development and exacerbation of the many conditions that encompass metabolic syndrome. Obesity and metabolic syndrome have increased at epidemic proportions over the past two decades. Our understanding of how the immune system is influenced by adipose tissue has evolved greatly, even as this epidemic continues to rage. Once considered as primarily a fuel storage organ, adipose tissue is now known to have a number of immunomodulatory properties, which affect whole body physiology, and importantly, are thought to account for many of the complications of obesity including insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. The presence and activity of immune cell types such as macrophages and T cells within adipose tissue is more recently being teased out given the appreciation of obesity and insulin resistance as inflammatory in nature. It is becoming increasingly clear that in addition to altering adipose tissue function, immune cells impact the physiology and homeostasis of other organs such as the liver, CNS, skin and intestine in obesity. The immunological and inflammatory influences of obesity contribute to the complications that make up metabolic syndrome including insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

In this context, the organizers have brought together a wide and diverse group of leaders in the fields of immunology, inflammation, and metabolic syndrome, to share their latest findings on this evolving field. The conference will begin with a keynote talk by Diane Mathis, a leader in the field of immunometabolism. The Individual sessions will span a range of topics that focus on immune modulation in metabolic syndrome. These sessions include how nutrition impacts immunity and inflammation; how immune cell metabolism, activation and function are altered in obesity and diabetes; how immune signals impact lipid disorders and complications; how inflammation alters the vasculature and influences hypertension; how obesity and type 2 diabetes impact barrier tissues, and how how obesity-related inflammation promotes cancer. Taken together these sessions will give the participants an integrative view of the immune system and the impact on metabolic syndrome. There will be poster presentations, opportunities for short talks, and career mentoring and development sessions for attendees, including students and post-doctoral fellows. The cross-disciplinary nature of this conference is accentuated by the program which brings together scientists from basic science disciplines and translational research groups to give an integrative view of immunometabolism on human health and disease.

Important Deadlines:

  • Early bird registration deadline June 18, 2018
  • Last day to register July 11, 2018


  • Mentoring sessions for postdoctoral fellows who are interested in academics (session 1) or biotechnology (session 2)
  • Career development workshop with a panel of experts from biotechnology companies and academia
  • Networking with experts in a rapidly emerging field

Keynote Speaker

Diane Mathis, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Conference Organizers

Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD

Julie Jameson, PhD
CSU San Marcos

Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Mark Febbraio, PhD
Garvan Institute of Medical Research

FASEB Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager

Contact Us

Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010


Date & Location


August 12-17, 2018


Base Village Conference Center
110 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The closest airport is Aspen/Pitkin Airport, which is 20 minutes from Snowmass Village.  If you fly into this airport, your Snowmass hotels will offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and your hotel.

If you fly into Denver, Colorado Mountain Express (CME) is the official shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport for the FASEB Science Research Conferences. 

Please refer to the GROUP CODE: FASEB for the discounted rate of $97.00 one-way. View shuttle rate details. To make reservations, call the reservation center at:
1.800.525.6363 (with the United States)
970.926.9800 (outside the United States)

Click the links below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

Stonebridge Inn
300 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO
Pokolodi Lodge
25 Daly Ln
Snowmass Village, CO

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

Click here for additional Offsite Lodging.

Platinum Supporters