The energy balance is the relationship between energy intake, i.e. the calories from food that are absorbed by the body through eating and drinking, and energy expenditure, i.e. the calories that the body uses for its daily energy needs. But how does the body maintain its energy balance? And how does it deal with an energy deficit? A symposium entitled "Extremes of Energy Balance" will explore these and other questions. The symposium is organized by the Assistant Professorship of Exercise, Nutrition and Health headed by Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler and Dr. Eimear Dolan from the University of Sao Paolo. The event, which will feature international speakers, will take place on November 21, 2022, in BayWa Lecture Hall 1 at the TUM Campus in the Olympic Park.
"I am of course very pleased that we were able to attract top-class international scientists for this event, which will be held as part of the TUM Integrative Physiology Seminar," said Prof. Köhler. "Among others, we were able to attract Kevin Hall from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, one of the world's leading researchers in the field of obesity, to our event."
After a welcome by Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, Dean of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences, at 10:30 AM, the program will include the following presentations:
10:40 AM: „The athletic ape – energy as the currency of evolutionary fitness“ – Dr. Danny Longman, Loughborough University (UK)
11:00 AM: „A life history perspective on energy balance” – Dr. Eimear Dolan, University of Sao Paolo (Brasilien)
11:10 AM: „Extremes of human energy balance – lessons from athletes and mere mortals” – Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler, Technische Universität München
12:00 PM: „The impact of energy turnover on the control of energy balance” – Prof. Dr. Dr. Anja Bosy-Westphal, Universität Kiel
12:40 PM: Keynote “Determinants of energy balance in humans” – Dr. Kevin Hall, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (USA)
The symposium is sponsored by the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR), which supports Bavaria as a location for science and innovation in the European Research Area. BayFOR oversees the scientific activities in the network of Bavaria's six partner regions on behalf of the Bavarian State Government. In addition to Upper Austria, Shandong (PR China), Western Cape (South Africa), Georgia (USA) and Québec (Canada), these also include São Paolo in Brazil.
"We have been in exchange with Sören Metz from TUM São Paolo, the liaison office for South America, for quite some time," explains Prof. Köhler. "That's why the idea of working transnationally on a joint project immediately met with great approval. We now also want to use the symposium to develop the cornerstones of this project in a workshop."
Interested parties can register now for the symposium on November 21, 2022.
Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler
Assistant Professorship of Exercise, Nutrition and Health
Text: Romy Schwaiger
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