Overview

The symposium is focused on metabolism, which encompasses all of the reactions that generate and use energy and is the most fundamental process of life, starting from the synthesis of the very first macromolecule. At the cellular and organismal levels, metabolic flux and balance is a requisite to move, to replicate, to repair damage, and to sustain life, and indeed disruptions to this delicate balance are a major contributor to disease and aging. Thus, in some sense metabolism is life; it is the molecular explanation of how we interact with the internal and external environment and operate as living organisms. Proper metabolism insures robust function and health, and metabolic disturbances set the stage for chronic disease and the greatest threats to global public health. The Sabri Ülker Center for Metabolic Research is committed to investigating the molecular underpinnings of metabolism, its interactions with nutrients, and its dysregulation in chronic metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well as during aging, with the long-term goal of translating the findings into new preventive and therapeutic directions and strategies to prolong healthspan. The third Sabri Ülker Symposium on Metabolism and Life is constructed on this framework and brings together a spectacular array of global experts exploring various aspects of metabolism, and implications for health and disease states and during the aging process. 

The Sabri Ülker Symposium will be an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to engage with and learn from the globally recognized leading scholars in the field of metabolism from around the world. Sessions will feature presentations from renowned experts describing their innovative work to unravel the molecular details of metabolic pathways and translate these findings into real-world approaches to treat or prevent metabolic disease. The symposium will also be a great platform for young and emerging scientists to interact with established experts and for local and international scholars to build new networks. We are confident that this event will lead to new perspectives, stimulate new collaborations, and inspire future scholarly efforts. 

I am most grateful to Sabri Ülker Foundation and its staff for supporting the symposium, the speakers who have kindly accepted to participate, and personally welcome all of you to Istanbul for this scientific and cultural celebration.

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