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Neural control of metabolism and eating behaviour

5 - 7 May 2016 | Cascais, Portugal

Registration deadline

15 February 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 February 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 March 2016

Payment deadline

15 March 2016

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About the workshop

Energy homeostasis, i.e. the regulation of food intake and energy expenditure is essential for animal survival. The failure in regulating these important physiological processes has major implications on human health, giving rise to disorders such as obesity and anorexia. A variety of research approaches has been used to identify molecular and neural networks underlying food intake and metabolic homeostasis. These approaches include human genetics to reveal the heritable basis of obesity, optogenetics and physiology in rodents to identify neural circuits that regulate eating behaviours and genetic screens in invertebrate model organism to investigate
neuromodulatory pathways for metabolism and food intake. The main goal of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together expertise from these different disciplines to discuss recent developments and landmark discoveries. We aim to foster a platform that will stimulate discussions between researchers and allow interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and research tools. The session topics will cover neural control of weight homeostasis, nutrient sensing by the nervous system and molecular pathways for metabolic control and eating behaviour. We will give special attention to young scientists, such as students, postdocs and junior group leaders by creating a stimulating scientific atmosphere with talks, discussions, poster sessions and social events.







Registration deadline

15 February 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 February 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 March 2016

Payment deadline

15 March 2016










Registration includes:

  • Participation in the workshop
  • Coffee breaks and lunches for all three days of the workshop
  • Social dinners on 1st and 3rd nights of the workshop
  • Abstract book, meeting bag and materials
  • Accommodation is not included in the registration fee



All participants are required to submit abstracts during registration. Abstracts can be submitted online at the time of application. Organizers will select participants on the basis of their scientific interests and abstracts aiming to ensure compatibility, quality, and fair representation of genders. Eight abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by email.


Pay pal account details regarding the payment will be sent after acceptance to the workshop.





Rita Gusmão

Phone: +351 214464645



Pedro Alves

Phone: +351 214464571




venue map


Pestana Cidadela Cascais  - Pousada & Art District,

Cidadela de Cascais, Avenida D.

Carlos I, 2750-310, Cascais




 The conference hotel: Elected by Condé Nast Traveller as "Hot Property" and highlighted in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, this Historic Hotel & Art District is a luxury hotel within the historical Citadel Fortress in the center of Cascais city, originally built on the XVI century. It is a unique place where the ancient meets the modern. The Pousada de Cascais - Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District is integrated in a complex with a diversified offer of restaurants, bar, indoor and outdoor pool, SPA and several event rooms. Since March 2004 it has an Art District, becoming the first hotel in Europe with a project of this nature. This hotel is a short distance of the centre of the city, beaches, parks, museums and shopping malls. Also close by is the Estoril Casino, the Guincho beach, famous amongst surfers and Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.The Pousada de Cascais - Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District is a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World", its architecture project is signed by Gonçalo Byrne and David Sinclair and obeys strict criteria of respect for environment sustainability and for its natural and cultural surroundings.


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Travel to the conference site:

When you arrive at Lisbon airport you have several options to get to the hotel where the conference will be held – download map (jpg, 192KB).


If you want to take a taxi we recommend that upon arrival at the airport you go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau, where you can purchase a Taxi Voucher Service (approx. 35€).


A cheaper option is to take the Aerobus to Cais do Sodré , tickets cost about 2.30 €, and then take the train (see below). Every day from 7:45 a.m. to 20:15 p.m. and every 20 minutes, this airport shuttle bus, Aerobus Carris nº 91, connects the airport with Lisbon city center. The last stop is Cais do Sodré Train Station where you can get the train to Oeiras.


The Subway (METRO) is a good alternative to get to Cais do Sodré Train Station. Buy your ticket to Cais do Sodré at the local ticket vending machine for about 1,40€. Prior acquisition of Electronic Card 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem is required (0,50€).
Take the Red Line up to Alameda Station and then take the Green Line that will get you to Cais do Sodré Train Station. First train leaves at 6:30 a.m. and last departs at 1:00 a.m. From each terminal station, time between departures is around 10 min. Total time for this ride is around 40 min. Find here a map of the subway:


Airport Shuttle:
Book a shuttle service at for a good price.
At Cais do Sodré Train Station, train frequency is about 15-30 min from 5:10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Find the complete train schedule.

The trip to Cascais takes around 40 minutes and ticket costs about 2.5€. Cascais Train Station is the last one. The Cascais train station is at 10 min. walking distance from Pousada de Cascais - Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District. Please see map here: