Nov. 8 - 10, 2012 (Thu.-Sat.)

Forum Focus

Among the cellular metabolites, such as nucleic or amino acids, lipids stand out because of their structural diversity and the sheer number of discrete molecular species. This structural diversity of lipids is mirrored by the enormous variation in their physiological function. Moreover, the lipid distribution between different organelles, cells, organs as well as organisms is highly inhomogeneous, but tightly regulated. This astonishing diversity of the lipidome is the result of evolutionary processes that shaped nowadays life. Thus the primary aim of this meeting is to discuss the diversity and evolution of lipids, in order to gain a better understanding of the role of lipids in evolution.


The official language of this meeting is English.

Program overview :

Day Time Note
Nov. 8 13:15-17:00  
17:45-20:00 Mixer (not included in participation fee)
20:30-21:30 Round table (invited speakers & organizers only)
Nov. 9 9:30-17:00 Including lunch break
20:30-21:30 White board session (invited speakers & organizers only)
Nov. 10 10:00-12:00  

Detailed program and schedule :

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Change of location

Time 17:45 - 20:30
Location Bioscience Building
3.floor semniar room S311

Invited speakers

Howard Riezman
University of Geneva, Switzerland
"Sterols and sphingolipid homeostasis and functions in model organisms"
Kentaro Hanada
National Institute of Infectious Disease, Japan
"Co-evolution of SM and CERT: Diverse lipids may require co-evolution of enzymes and trafficking systems"
Makoto Ito
Kyusyu University, Japan
"Lipids in single cell organisms: Unity in diversity and diversity in unity"
Masato Umeda
Kyoto University, Japan
"Lipid biology using Drosophila melanogaster as a model animal"
Teymuras Kurzchalia
Max Planck Institute, Germany
"Maradolipids, dauer larva speciļ¬c structural glycolipids in Caenorhabditis elegans"
Toyoshi Fujimoto
Nagoya University, Japan
"Distribution of membrane lipids in yeasts and mammals"
Akihiko Nakano
RIKEN, Japan
"Evolutionary view on the mechanisms and pathways of membrane traffic"
Toshihide Kobayashi
RIKEN, Japan
"Evolution of lipids - Lipids in evolution"
Yoshio Hirabayashi
RIKEN, Japan
"Evolution and membrane glycolipid synthesis - Conserved roles of glucosylated lipids"

Venue and access

RIKEN, Wako-Campus

BSI Ikenohata Research Building
3F Meeting Room

Detailed access information is available here.

Participation fee

  • Free
  • The mixer on Nov. 8 evening is not included in the participation fee.

Abstract submission and registration

Abstract submission: closed

Registration: closed


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Organizer: Peter Greimel (RIKEN, Japan)

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