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Boosting Brown Fat for Weight Control

Members of the TVP Lab have identified a signal that controls the activity of brown fat – that’s a special kind of adipose tissue that’s used to generate heat in the body by burning calories, and it’s thought that boosting the activity of this brown fat could help people to lose weight.  So people think it could be a very important therapeutic target.



 Prof Toni Vidal-Puig EITB radio interview

Prof. Vidal-Puig discussed for the EITB radio (Basque country, Spain) the impact of the environmental factors contributing to the obesity pandemic in the last half century; the concepts of adipose tissue expandability and the paradox of the “healthy obese” as well as the possibility of developing new strategies aimed to increase energy expenditure  to fight against obesity and associated metabolic diseases. 



PhD Student Crystal Mok wins Trainee  Travel Award at the “1st International Conference on ImmunoMetabolism : Molecular and Cellular Immunology of Metabolism”

Crystal was invited to give a short talk entitled “the Role of Lipid Accumulation in Adipose Tissue Macrophage Polarization and the Metabolic Syndrome” at the 1st International Conference on ImmunoMetabolism: Molecular and Cellular Immunology of Metabolism in Crete in September 2011.


Crystal found this to be a fantastic experience, especially in the unique situation where experts of both metabolism and immunology come together. Crystal had the opportunity to communicate and explain her research and future plans to a large audience over four-days of seminars and poster sessions. Crystal was honored to be awarded the Trainee Travel Award by the organizer Aegean Conferences, based on scientific merit of the material presented.