PhD Students Successfully Organised the 2nd Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk Symposium

The Research Training Group 1957 deals with the interactions between adipose tissue and the brain.

PhD Students from the Research Training Group and Invited Speakers (Photo: GRK 1957)

PhD student Anne-Marie Neumann in the talk (Photo: Olaf Malzahn)

Attentive audience (Photo: Olaf Malzahn)

Poster Session (Photo: Olaf Malzahn)

On March 14 and 15, 2019, PhD students of the 1957 Research Training Group of the University of Lübeck invited guests to an international symposium at the Media Docks Lübeck. The symposium, which was very well attended by over 100 participants from several European countries. This symposium was held for the second time this year, which was organised completely independently by the doctoral students.  


Together with national and international experts, the young researchers discussed the latest findings on the communication between adipose tissue and the brain as an important body axis of metabolic regulation. There were lectures on the effect of the circadian clock on metabolism, the importance of brown adipose tissue and the blood-brain barrier. Invited keynote speakers were Prof. Thorkild Sørensen (Copenhagen), Prof. Andries Kalsbeek (Amsterdam), Dr. Cristina García Cáceres (Munich), Dr. Karolina Skibicka (Gothenburg) and Prof. Camilla Schéele (Copenhagen).


The program included furthermore talks and poster presentations of the young scientists. Afterwards there was an informal get-together where the topics could be discussed in more detail.


The poster prize of the symposium, sponsored by the European Society of Endocrinology, went to Francesca Raffaelli and Elvira Sandin from Lübeck. The 2nd Adipocyte Brain Crosstalk Symposium was supported not only by the German Research Foundation but also by a Small Meeting Grant from the European Society of Endocrinology and other industry sponsors.


Research Training Groups are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The PhD students are part of a group of young and senior scientists who are conducting joint research in a particular field. The frequently interdisciplinary topic of a Research Training Group matches the profile of the respective university. Research Training Groups offer the opportunity to gain outstanding further professional and interdisciplinary qualifications, to acquire additional key competences for a future career, to establish valuable contacts and to complete a doctorate quickly.


All information about the symposium can be found here: