FibroHealth Symposium 2023 on Fibrobesity

Welcome to FibroHealth Symposium 2023! University of Oulu Profi6 Fibrobesity programme presents cutting edge research on the current state of clinical proceedings in obesity treatments and links between obesity and fibrosis in different disease states.
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Venue location

Hotel Lasaretti Aurora-Hall, Kasarmintie 13b, 90130 Oulu

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No attendance fee. Late-bird registration is open until December 4 using this registration form.


Session 1

12.00 - 12.05: Welcoming words
Associate Professor Reetta Hinttala, Fibrobesity Leader, University of Oulu

12.05 - 12.50: Circadian biology and extracellular matrix homeostasis in ageing and fibrosis
Professor Qing-Jun Meng, Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research Manchester, UK

12.50 - 13.35: Short talks by Fibrobesity funded postdoctoral researchers, University of Oulu

  1. Effect of forced exercise and time-restricted feeding on metabolic markers and circadian rhythm in mice fed with high-fat diet, PhD Ghulam Shere Raza
  2. Ubiquitin specific peptidase USP10 in Fibrobesity, PhD Kateryna Kubaichuk
  3. Human white subcutaneous adipocyte spheroids – a physiologically relevant in vitro model to study omics and intercellular communication, PhD Juulia Lautaoja-Kivipelto

13.35 - 14.00: Coffee Break

Session 2

14.00 - 14.45: Severe obesity is a chronic disease - Long-term outcomes of metabolic bariatric surgery for severe obesity
Professor Paulina Salminen, University of Turku

14.45 - 15.05: Gut microbiota after gastric bypass surgery
Senior Research Fellow Justus Reunanen, University of Oulu

15.05 - 15.15: Short 10-min break

15.15 - 15.35: Recent advances in obesity medications
Professor Janne Hukkanen, University of Oulu

15.35 - 15.55: Fibrosis and obesity in sudden cardiac death
MD, PhD Lauri Holmström, University of Oulu

15.55 – 16.00: Concluding words & future perspectives
Professor Juhani Junttila, Fibrobesity Vice-Leader, University of Oulu

16 - 20: Non-stop FibroHealth research slide show, Casual Dinner, and Networking

Contact for inquiries: Fibrobesity coordinator Ritva Saastamoinen,, tel. +358 294 48 5226, +358 50 592 3333

Last updated: 29.11.2023