eGMD - Epigenetics in Metabolic Diseases // 3rd LIMIOR - Leipzig International Meeting for Interdisciplinary Obesity Research taking place from December 11 to 13th of 2019.

Metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are of a complex nature making the identification of factors driving the development and progression a huge challenge. During the past two decades, big genome wide studies successfully identified genes involved in the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases. However, only a small proportion of the heritability can be explained so far. Therefore focusing on additional factors such as epigenetics and the environmental impact helps to unwind the complexity and opens the view on mechanisms and pathways. But most importantly understanding of how these factors interact and contribute to the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases, the eGMD is meant to learn and discuss following questions: Beside the genetic risk, what can we learn from the genetic architecture, non-coding factors and epigenetic modifications in obesity and related diseases? How are environmental factors involved in gene regulation? And how can we translate this knowledge into diagnosis, prognosis up to prevention and treatment strategies? Having an exclusive list of renowned speakers, the eGMD aims to bring cutting edge knowledge together and especially invites young enthusiastic scientists to join this meeting and aim for fruitful discussions.


Confirmed Speakers:

Melina Claussnitzer, Dr. Broad Institute, Cambridge/MA, USA and University of Hohenheim, Institute for Nutritional Medicine, Hohenheim, Germany

Susanne Mandrup, Prof. Dr. University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Odense, Denmark

Henriette Kirchner, Dr.  University of Luebeck, Department of Internal Medicine, Germany

Eleftheria Zeggini, Prof. Dr. Helmholtz Center Munich, Institute for Translational Genomics, Neuherberg, Germany

Philippe Collas, Prof. Dr. Univeristy of Oslo, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Division of Biochemistry, Oslo, Norway

Fredrik Karpe, Prof. Dr. University of Oxford, Radcliffe Department for Medicine, Metabolic Medicine and Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford, United Kingdom

Charlotte Ling, Prof. Dr. Lund University, Diabetes Centre, Lund, Sweden

André Tchernof, Prof. Dr. Université Laval, School of Nutrition, Québec Canada

Antje Körner, Prof. Dr. University Hospital Leipzig, Clinic for Children and Adolescents and IFB AdiposityDiseases, Leipzig, Germany

Jan-Wilhelm Kornfeld, Prof. Dr. University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Odense, Denmark

Raffaele Teperino, Dr. Helmholtz Center Munich, Institute of Experimental Genetics / DZD, Neuherberg, Germany

Bilal Sheikh, Dr. Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Department of Chromatin Biology, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Jens Przybilla, PhD Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology, Leipzig University, Germany

Registration / Application

There is no registration fee, but registration is mandatory. Please register with the following form for the eGMD-Meeting. If you wish to apply for a presentation of your research results to be part of the meeting's program, please fill in the form including the abstract part. If you just want to attend the meeting, it is sufficient to fill in the first page. Our Scientists Prof. Kovacs, Dr. Keller or Dr. Rohde will inform you whether you will have the possibility to present your research, if you have submitted an abstract.

Registration completed.

The event was certified by the LÄK with 23 points. Please bring your barcode sticker with you.

Attention! Especially for junior scientists: Apply for a travel grant!

The IFB awards up to four travel grants for outstanding junior researchers, including travel expenses and accomodation. If you want to apply for one of the travel grants, you have to apply with an abstract and you have to check in the box below the abstract. Prof. Kovacs, Dr. Keller and Dr. Rohde will evaluate the submitted abstracts and will inform you in due time whether you will be awarded a travel grant. Therefore these applications need to be submitted earlier, until October 20th 2019.


Peter Kovacs

Prof. Dr. Peter Kovacs


peter [dot] kovacs [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de

Maria Keller

PhD Maria Keller


Maria [dot] Keller [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de

Kerstin Rohde

Dr. Kerstin Rohde


kerstin [dot] rohde [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de

Yvonne Böttcher

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Böttcher

Functional genetics of obesity

yvonne [dot] bottcher [at] medisin [dot] uio [dot] no


"Alte Essigmanufaktur"

Hotel Michaelis
Paul-Gruner-Straße 44
04107 Leipzig

If you need an accommodation for your stay in Leipzig:

There is a contingent of rooms available at the Hotel Michaelis. The hotel is right in front of the meeting's venue. A single room costs 69,-€ per night, a double room 89,- incl. breakfast.

Please contact the Hotel Michaelis via phone (+49 341-2 67 80) or via email (info [at] michaelis-leipzig [dot] de).

How to Get to the Venue

From the Airport Leipzig/Halle to the Station "Bayerischer Bahnhof" and to the Hotel Michaelis

If you travel to Leipzig by plane: From the airport Leipzig/Halle there is an almost direct connection to the venue. You need to take the train “S 5X” with the direction to “Altenburg” via “Bayerischer Bahnhof”, where you exit the train. 

When you leave the train station “Bayerischer Bahnhof” in front of you is an appartment complex with a drugstore (“dm”), to your right are buildings of the University Hospital and to your left you’ll see the bakery “Lukas”. Walk towards the bakery, via the traffic lights, and right after the traffic lights you turn right and follow the “Arthur-Hoffmann-Straße”.  You cross the side streets “Riemannstraße”  and “Hohe Straße” and keep on following “Arthur-Hoffmann-Straße” until you reach the “Paul-Gruner-Straße” where you make a turn to the right and follow the street until you reach the Hotel Michaelis on the right side. The staff will kindly lead you to the venue behind the hotel.

From the Mainstation to Hotel Michaelis via Tram

If you travel to Leipzig by train: We recommend public transport to reach the venue from the main station. In front of the main station are four platforms for the trams. You would have to go to platform 2 and take tram 11 (direction to “Markleeberg” or “Dölitz”) or tram 10 (direction to “Lößnig” or “Connewitz Kreuz”) until the station “Hohe Straße”, where you would have to exit. (On the map the two inner red lines in the semicircle on the right.)

After exiting the tram you first have to cross the street towards “Mäc-Geiz” or “Commerzbank”. In front of the stores you turn right and follow the street until the next crossing which already is “Paul-Gruner-Straße” to which you make a turn to the left. Shortly after turning left you’ll reach the Hotel Michaelis on the right (the black dot at the bottom of the map is the approximate location), where the staff will gladly lead you to the venue behind the hotel.

If you travel to Leipzig by car: There are three freeways via which you may enter the city of Leipzig: The “A9” from the West, the “A14” from the North and the East, and the “A38” from the South.

We recommend to enter Leipzig from the south via the freeway A38 and afterwards the federal street “B2”, as you would avoid the busy city center and from the other directions your drive would take significantly longer.  After a few minutes on the B2 you take the exit “Kurt-Eisner-Straße”, follow the “Kurt-Eisner-Straße” to the right over a few crossings until you reach the “Arthur-Hoffmann-Straße”, where you make a turn to the left onto this street. Follow it until you reach the crossing of “Paul-Gruner-Straße”. Make a turn to the left again and follow “Paul-Gruner-Straße” until you reach Hotel Michaelis on the right.