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Circadian Rhythms and Metabolic Stress Symposium

Circadian Rhythms and Metabolic Stress Symposium -
Event info

Event date: 

16/03/2023 - 14:00 to 17/03/2023 - 13:00

Registration deadline: 

27/02/2023 - 23:30

Biological life have evolved under the 24-hour rotation of the Earth and generated circadian rhythms entrained by light and other cues. Circadian disruption promotes metabolic stress and aggravates numerous life style disorders. This multidisciplinary symposium presents translational research in the circadian regulation of vital functions such as cerebrospinal fluid metabolism, glucocorticoid actions in the brain and lipid mobilization in adipose tissue.


Date: 16-17 March 2023
Place: Steno Diabetes Center, Aarhus, Denmark 


The symposium welcomes attendees with an interest in human biology in general and metabolic stress in particular. This symposium follows a 1.5 day PhD course  (15-16 March 2022).
You only have to sign up for the symposium if you are NOT signed up for the PhD course.

Should you wish to attend the PhD course, please sign up here: PhD Course: Bridging Endocrinology with Metabolism - Glucocorticoid Physiology and Pharmacology. Note that if you register for the PhD course, you automatically register for the symposium as well.


The symposium will cover different topics including:

  • Circadian control of cerebrospinal fluid metabolism
  • Glucocorticoid Action in the Brain
  • The role of the HPA axis in stress related disorders
  • Circadian clocks and energy metabolism

We aim to bring together clinicians and scientists with shared interest in metabolic stress including its interaction with circadian rhythms and substrate metabolism. The topics include circadian control of cerebrospinal fluid metabolism including the role of the so-called glymphatic system in the pathogenesis of sleep and neurodegenerative disorders. Central nervous regulation of corticosteroid secretion and signaling in relation to stress-related diseases is also covered, together with the impact of glucocorticoid exposure on fetal development and brain function in adulthood. Finally, the role of clock genes in the regulation of the circadian rhythms in substrate metabolism in health and disease will be discussed. 


See the programme


- Henrik Oster, Professor, Institute of Neurobiology, Lübeck University (Germany)
- Jonathan Seckl, Professor, University of Edinburgh (UK)
- Maiken Nedergaard, Professor, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Onno C Meijer, Professor, Department of Medicine/LUMC, Leiden (the Netherlands)
- Paul M. Stewart, Professor, Leeds University (UK)


Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, MD, DMSc
Professor and Chair
Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
Aarhus University Hospital

Marianne Skovsager Andersen, professor, MD, PhD, DMSc
Professor, Consultant; Department of Endocrinology,
Odense University Hospital

Niels Jessen, MD, PhD, Professor,
Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus,
Aarhus University Hospital 

Randi Maria Hanghøj Tei
Clinical specialist, PhD, MHH, RN

Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen, MD, DMSc
Professor, Chief of Medical Endocrinology PE 2132


Registration deadline:
27 February 2023


Dinner registration
Networking Dinner 16 March, 2023
The DDEA organizes a Networking Dinner on 16th of March. Please sign up for the dinner when you register for the event.

The DDEA offers accommodation for participants outside of Aarhus region on 16 March 2023. Please sign up for accommodation when you register for the event.

No-show fee
Please note that it is free of charge to participate in the symposium howeverthe DDA will charge a no-show fee of 500 DKK if you do not show up and have not unregistered from the course prior to its start.