Near 150 people, including health professionals, researchers, students, and professors, participated in the 11th Symposium on Metabolism, organized by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) with the support of CINTESIS – Center for Health Technology and Services Research.
In this 11th edition, the main theme was the relationship between “Aging and Metabolism”. According to Elisa Keating, chairperson of the Scientific Committee and CINTESIS researcher, “Aging is an area of great interest and social relevance because our society is aging. All encouragement to investigate the mechanisms underlying aging are welcomed.”
“Metabolic Fitness and Ageing”, “Biocodex session – Energy Homeostasis and Ageing” and “Cellular Mechanisms of Senescence” were the mottos of the first three sessions, which were lectured by José Pedro Castro, from the Harvard Medical School, Teresa Amaral, from the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto (FCNAUP), Elisa Marques, from ISMAI, Delminda Neves, from FMUP, Paula Ludovico, from the Institute of Research in Life Sciences and Health (ICVS) of the University of Minho, Tim Schulz, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, Andreas Simm, from the Martin Luther University, Vítor Costa, from I3S, and Liliana Matos from FMUP.
The award for best oral communication, jointly awarded by CINTESIS and the Department of Community Medicine, Health Information and Decision (MEDCIDS) of FMUP, was presented to Hélder Pereira of ICVS / 3B’s for the work “Uncovering the molecular mechanisms that tie autophagy and UPS during ageing”. The second prize was awarded to Márcio Simão, from the Centro de Ciências do Mar, for his work “HFE loss of function is a susceptibility factor for bone loss and early osteoporosis onset”.
The best poster award was presented to Mariana Morais, from the IPO of Porto, for her work “Leukocyte telomere length and hTERT genetic polymorphism rs2735940 influence renal cell carcinoma clinical outcome”, and the second prize was for Cláudia Silva, from FMUP, for the poster Obesity/type 2 diabetes mellitus biomarkers induce changes in nutrient transport that can promote breast cancer progression”.
The next edition of the FMUP Metabolism Symposium is scheduled for October 28, 2020.