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A French researcher attended at the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago

10 Feb 2014 | By Inserm (Newsroom) | Circulation, metabolism, nutrition | Europe

European cutting-edge research will be attended at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. Inserm will be represented by Karine Clément, scientific coordinator of the European project METACARDIS (Metagenomics in Cardiometabolic Diseases) at the session entitled “Inside out: the impact of gut flora on diabetes and obesity”.

Three leading European researchers on the gut microbiome will be present at the 2014 AAAS meeting, on Saturday 15 February, to share their recent findings on the relations between gut flora and obesity, diabetes, and cardio-metabolic diseases in general. Their findings are at the cutting-edge of one of the most innovative and challenging areas of biomedical research and could make a vital contribution to the fight against obesity and diabetes.

In recent years, the 1.5 kilos of bacteria that live inside our bodies, mainly in the gut, have proven their crucial importance for our healthy functioning. Beyond their more obvious role in digestion, they are also involved, for example, in the development of the immune system and the neuronal system, and in the onset of certain diseases.

The speakers:

Karine Clément – Professor, Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition, and National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), France
Functional Genomics of Human Obesity Related to Cardiometabolic Diseases
Coordinator of the European project METACARDIS.

Sven Pettersson – Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
How Early Life Gut Flora May Contribute to Obesity and Diabetes Later in Life

Oluf B. Pedersen – Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Links Between Human Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Pathologies

Discussant: Jenny Leonard – Editor,, USA


About this session:
When? Saturday, 15 February 2014 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Where? Grand Ballroom C North (Hyatt Regency Chicago)


About the 2014 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago – Feb 13-17
The AAAS Annual Meeting is a widely recognized general science event. Thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and journalists gather from around the world to discuss recent developments in science and technology. The 2014 theme, Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation, focuses on finding sustainable solutions through inclusive, international, and interdisciplinary efforts that are most useful to society and enhance economic growth.

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Karine Clément Unité Inserm 1166 : Institut de Cardiometabolisme & Nutrition (ICAN) UPMC Nutriomique U872 Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris - Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière rf.phpa.lsp@tnemelc.enirak
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