WashU Nephrologist Andreas Herrlich and Columbia University Geneticist Gerard Karsenty Co-host Upcoming Organismal Physiology Symposium

Andreas Herrlich, MD, PhD, Division of Nephrology, Washington University in St. Louis, and Gerard Karsenty, MD, PhD, Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University, are co-hosts of the symposium “Molecular Mechanisms of Organismal Physiology in Health and Disease” to be held September 7, 2023 in St Louis. 

The day-long event is free, but registration is required.  It will be held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) on the WashU Medical Campus.

“In the past three decades, genetic studies in model organisms have revealed the existence of unanticipated interorgan communication as the basis of physiological functions, for example between the gut, brain, liver, and muscle. This new understanding has also opened new avenues to understand many complex human diseases that nominally affect one primary organ but are caused in large part by disruption of regulations occurring outside this organ, known as secondary organ complications. This symposium will bring together scientists from different organ disciplines to discuss our current understanding of interorgan communication in disease.”

Andreas Herrlich, co-organizer of the symposium
The exciting lineup of experts will feature:
  • Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Pathology & Immunology, WashU, will present the Keynote lecture Developing microbiome-directed foods for treating childhood undernutrition.
  • Clair Crewe, PhD, Cell Biology and Physiology, WashU, will present Interorgan signaling by traveling mitochondria.
  • Janelle Ayres, PhD, Salk Institute,will present Host Pathogen Interactions.
  • Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, Pathology and Immunology, WashU, will present Immune privilege and brain disorders.
  • Clay Semenkovich, MD, WashU, will present Diabetes, Lipid Physiology, and the Renaissance.
  • Joseph Bass, MD, PhD, Northwestern University, will present Meal Timing and the Circadian Regulation of Thermogenesis.
  • Gerard Karsenty, MD, PhD, Columbia University will presentOntogeny of the endocrine functions of bone.
  • Andreas Herrlich, MD, PhD, Nephrology, WashU, will present Interorgan Communication in kidney disease.
  • Kory Lavine, MD, PhD, Cardiology, WashU, will present Cardiac Macrophages in Myocardial Health and Disease.
  • Stavroula Kousteni, PhD, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, will presentBone as a regulator of acute inflammatory response.

Visit the HERRLICH LAB FOR INTERORGAN CROSSTALK for more information.

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