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Thanks to everyone who attended BioMed Central‘s second biennial Metabolism, Diet and Disease: Cancer and metabolism conference on 28th to 30th May 2014 in Washington DC, USA and for making it such a stimulating and interactive meeting. The conference was supported by the journalsBMC Biology and BMC Medicine, which celebrated their 10th Anniversary in 2013, and Cancer & Metabolism. Following the success of the first Metabolism, Diet and Disease conference in 2012, the second conference brought together leading researchers in cancer and metabolism with experts in whole-body metabolism.

Internationally recognized speakers held talks on topics including metabolic links to cancer, obesity and diabetes, oncogenic drivers and vulnerabilities in altered cancer cell metabolism, the metformin paradox – biguanides and energy metabolism, and metabolism-based cancer therapies. Following the lively panel discussion in 2012, the 2014 panel topic, ‘Is cancer preventable? The influence of diet on cancer’ was chaired by Gregory Petsko.

Submitted abstracts will be published as a supplement in Cancer & Metabolism and indexed in PubMed and by ISI Web of Science.

Organizing committee

Craig Thompson (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
J Michael Bishop (University of California San Francisco, USA)
Chi Van Dang (Abramson Cancer Center, USA)
David Sabatini (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Michael Pollak (McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Canada)
Joseph L Goldstein (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
Lewis C Cantley (Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA)
Michael S Brown (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)

Metabolism, Diet & Disease 2014 program


BioMed Central held its first conference on Metabolism, Diet and Disease in Washington DC from 29-31 May 2012.

The aim of the conference was to show how basic research on the biochemistry, cell biology and genetics of metabolism could address the major health problems of cancer, obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance, and explain ageing and longevity.

Contributions from nutritionists and epidemiologists were included, with a panel discussion focused on the connection between cancer and obesity and what we can do about it – both by understanding the link and by tackling obesity with scientifically informed strategies.

Conference-related publications:

A video of the panel discussion from the conference can be viewed by clicking here

Thematic article series -  Metabolism, diet and disease

Cross-journal article collection – Nutrition and metabolism in health and disease

Meeting abstracts

Organizing committee

Richard Bergman (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA)
Michael S. Brown (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
Lewis Cantley (Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, USA)
Joseph L. Goldstein (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
Leonard Guarente (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Stephen Hursting (University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
Michael Pollak (McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Canada)
Craig Thompson (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA)

Metabolism, Diet & Disease 2012 program