Bioactive Lipids in Cancer, Inflammation and Related Diseases



Invited Speakers provide approximately 50% of the lectures with the remaining oral lectures chosen from submitted abstracts, including junior investigators. In addition, there will be approximately 125 scientific poster presentations selected by abstract submissions. 

Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

James B. Duke Professor of Medicine

Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry

Duke University

Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2012) for studies

of G-protein-coupled receptors

Yusuf Hannun, MD

Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research SUNY Distinguished Professor Stony Brook University School of Medicine Stony Brook, NY Bioactive Sphingolipids: Discovery, Foundations, Principles, Developments

Lina Obeid, MD

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Medicine Dean for Research Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs Stony Brook University School of Medicine Stony Brook, NY Bioactive sphingolipid metabolism and role in disease

Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD

Boyd Professor

Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere

Chair for Retinal Degenerations

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;

Ophthalmology and Neurology;

Director, Neuroscience Center of Excellence

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, LA

Foreign Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Karolinska Institutet – Stockholm, Sweden

Haydee E.P. Bazan, PhD, FARVO

Professor, Ophthalmology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience

Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Novel RvD6 isomers target cornea nerve regeneration displaying a trigeminal transcriptome signature

Nancy J. Brown, MD

Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Medicine

C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine

Yale School of Medicine

Effect of variation in soluble epoxide hydrolase activity in humans

Jerold Chun, MD, PhD

Professor, Degenerative Diseases Program

Senior Vice President, Neuroscience Drug Discovery

Center for Genetic Disorders and Aging Research

Talk Title TBD

Jason G. Cyster, PhD

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

University of California, San Francisco

Lipid mediators guiding the adaptive immune response

Catherine Godson, PhD

Member of the Royal Irish Academy Professor

Diabetes Complications Research Centre

Conway Institute & School of Medicine

University College Dublin

Lipoxins and synthetic lipoxin mimetics along the continuum from resolution to repair

Yasuyuki Igarashi, PhD

Yasuyuki Igarashi, Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Advanced Life Science

Hokkaido University, Japan

Talk Title TBD

Barbara Kahn, MD

Vice Chair of Research Strategy

Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology,

Diabetes, and Metabolism

George R. Minot Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Fatty Acid Hydroxy Fatty Acids: Bioactive lipids with anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory effects

Daniel K. Nomura, PhD

Professor, Chemical Biology

Director, Novartis-Berkley Center for

Proteomics and Chemistry Technologies

University of California, Berkeley

Talk Title TBD

Makoto Murakami, PhD

Professor, Graduate School of Medicine

Laboratory of Microenvironmental and Metabolic Health Science

Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine

University of Tokyo

The phospholipase A2 superfamily as a central hub of bioactive lipids and beyond

Junken Aoki, PhD

Professor, Graduate School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Tohoku University, Japan

Lysophosphatidylserine as an emerging immune modulator

Myriam Baes, PhD

Professor, Pharmaceutical and

Pharmacological Sciences

Lab of Cell Metabolism

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

Peroxisomal β-oxidation is crucial for retinal integrity
by controlling DHA and VLC-PUFA homeostasis

Magnus Bäck, MD, PhD

Professor, Cardiology

Karolinska Institutet

Stockholm, Sweden

Lipid mediator receptors transducing the resolution of
Inflammation in cardiovascular disease

Richard P. Bazinet, PhD

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid

Metabolism University of Toronto

Novel methods using natural abundance carbon isotope
Ratios to study the turnover and metabolism of fatty acids

Laura M. Bohn, PhD

Professor, Molecular Medicine & Neuroscience

The Scripps Research Institute

Jupiter, Florida

Talk Title TBD

Eric Boilard, PhD

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Researcher, CHU de Quebec Research Center

Laval University School of Medicine

Role of secreted phospholipase A2-IIA
bactericidal enzyme, in sterile inflammation

John E. Burke, PhD

Associate professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology

University of Victoria

Molecular basis of regulation of
phosphoinositide 3-kinases

Jorgelina M Calandria, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neuroscience

Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Elovanoids: novel neuroprotection mechanisms

Chu Chen, PhD

Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Endocannabinoid metabolism and neurodegenerative diseases

Nan Chiang, PhD

Assistant Professor and Principal Associate

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Department of Anesthesiology

Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Talk Title TBD

Jesmond Dalli, PhD

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology

The William Harvey Research Institute

Barts and The London

Queen Mary University of London

Talk Title TBD

Yusuke Endo PhD

Head, Laboratory of Medical Omics Research

Kazusa DNA Research Institute

Lipid metabolism and T cell fate decisions

Megan L. Falsetta, PhD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and

Gynecology and Pharmacology and Physiology

University of Rochester Medical Center

Dysregulation of pro-resolving lipids predisposes women to chronic vulvar pain and illuminates new therapeutic targets

Gabrielle Fredman, PhD

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Albany Medical College

Talk Title TBD

Jesper Z. Haeggström, MD, PhD

Professor, Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Division of Physiological Chemistry

Karolinska Institutet

Talk Title TBD

Bruce D. Hammock, PhD

Professor, Entomology and Nematology

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of California – Davis

Linoleate diols as markers and causes of disease states

Scott Hansen, PhD

Associate Professor, Molecular Medicine

Associate Professor, Neuroscience

The Scripps Research Institute

Talk Title TBD

Ryan E. Hibbs, PhD

Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Biophysics

Effie Marie Cain Scholar in Medical Research

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Regulation of ligand-gated ion channels
by lipids and lipophilic ligands

Miriam Kolko, MD, PhD

Professor, Translational Eye Research

Department of Ophthalmology

University of Copenhagen

Chief Physician, Copenhagen University Hospital

The clinical relevance of inflammatory mediators in glaucoma

Gerard Lambeau, IPMC, CNRS

Institute of Pharmacology

Universite Cote d’Azur

Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France

Novel functions of secreted PLA2s,
role of inhibitors and PLA2R1

Bodo Levkau, MD

Professor and Chair

Institute for Molecular Medicine III

University Hospital and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Talk Title TBD

Bruce D. Levy, MD

Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

SPM resolution circuits are uncoupled in acute
sepsis and correlate with clinical severity

Krishna Rao Maddipati, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology

Director – Lipidomics Core Facility

Wayne State University

‘Inflammation’ in homeostasis is more
than just good inflammation

Liza Makowski, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine – Division of

Hematology and Oncology

Department of Microbiology,

Immunology, and Biochemistry

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Impacts of immunotherapy on obesity-driven breast cancer
after weight loss by bariatric surgery compared to caloric restriction

Gennaro (Gerry) Melino, MD, PhD

Professor and Director, Molecular Biology

University of Rome – Tor Vergata

Head, Apoptosis & Cancer Laboratory

Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, United Kingdom

Talk Title TBD

Anna Nicolaou, PhD

Professor of Biological Chemistry

Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health

University of Manchester, UK

Lipid mediators involved in the cutaneous response to inflammation and ageing

Dipak Panigrahy, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical School

Talk Title TBD

Marianne Schultzberg

Professor, Neurobiology, Care Sciences & Society

Karolinska Institutet

Pro-resolving lipid mediators and
inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Takao Shimizu, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Faculty of Medicine

University of Tokyo

Talk Title TBD

Patricia J. Sime, MD

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

William Branch Porter Professor of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Exacerbations of chronic lung disease and disrupted resolution

Sarah Spiegel, PhD

Professor and Chair

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mann T. and Sara D. Lowry Chair of Oncology

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

sphingosine Kinase 2 Regulates Non-Cell Autonomous Tumor Suppression Functions of p53

Yukihiko Sugimoto, PhD

Professor, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty of Life Sciences

Kumamoto University

Roles of prostaglandins in adipose tissue

Gerhild van Echten-Deckert, PhD

Group Leader, Sphingolipids in Brain Health and Disease

Life & Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES)

Membrane Biology & Lipid Biochemistry

University of Bonn, Germany

The impact of S1P-lyase depletion in the brain

Valeria Vásquez, PhD

Associate Professor, Physiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dietary fatty acids fine-tune neuronal and non-neuronal cells mechanical response

Darryl C. Zeldin, MD

Scientific Director


Senior Investigator, Immunity

Inflammation and Disease Laboratory

Environmental Cardiopulmonary Disease Group

Regulation of Fatty Acid Epoxides by CYP2Cs, CYP2Js and EPHXs: Lessons from Knockout Mice

Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD

Vice President and Senior Member of Staff

Forsyth Institute

Professor or Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity

Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

Resolution of Inflammation in Oral Diseases

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