„Symposium for Bariatrics and Adiposity” will take place for the first time in November 2015 in Leipzig – Experts will discuss open questions in therapy and research

The University Hospital Leipzig and the IFB AdoposityDiseases are hosting the “Symposium for Bariatrics and Adiposity” for the first time on November 13th and 14th. Experts of science and medicine will debate recent findings of clinical, basic, and health services research.

On November 13th and 14th the first "Symposium for Bariatrics and Adiposity" takes place. (Photo: IFB Adipositas)

Bariatric surgeons, neuroscientists, geneticists, endocrinologists and psychologists will be speakers and invite discussion. The interdisciplinary approach of the meeting acknowledges that adiposity can be traced back to numerous causes and thus only a cross-disciplinary therapy approach will be successful.

The University Hospital Leipzig (UKL) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) AdiposityDiseases arrange the symposium: both institutions have longstanding expertise in the study as well as the nonoperative and surgical therapy of obesity.

The symposium will also address controversial topics: the future of metabolic surgery, the financing of therapies and the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. The list of renowned speakers include experts in the field of adiposity such as Martin Wabitsch (Ulm), Rudolf Weiner (Offenbach), Beat Muller (Heidelberg), Gerhard Prager (Vienna), Matthias Blüher (Leipzig) or Rolf Holle (Munich).

Especially since bariatric surgery is a comparatively young field within surgery, the study and discussion of operative methods, efficiency, indications, pre- and postoperative treatment are of particular importance. Hence, the IFB established the nationwide first research professorship for bariatric surgery in 2010, which included the respective clinical and observational studies.
Dr. Arne Dietrich, professor for bariatric surgery and scientific head of the symposium, emphasizes: “While the acceptance and number of bariatric surgeries has risen, and also the clinical results are convincing, there are still unanswered questions.” It is for example still unclear which patient benefits most from which surgery, Dietrich says.

The meeting at the University Clinic Leipzig is certified with 14 points by the Saxon Medical Association. The symposium will take place biannually and in turns at the University Hospitals in Leipzig and in Heidelberg.