Obesity and related metabolic diseases are considered to be a pandemic that has exponentially increased during the last decades. Our current knowledge and strategies to combat obesity and to reduce cardiovascular disease are insufficient and new approaches have to be harnessed and exploited.

Since the rediscovery of human brown adipose tissue in 2009, much attention has been placed on its potential beneficial effects on obesity, metabolism and cardiovascular disease. Whereas findings from animal studies suggest very promising clinical implications of BAT, the results in humans and far from being conclusive.

The overall aim of this Symposium is to provide up-to-date insights about the potential role of human brown adipose tissue in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related metabolic diseases and to bring scientists from over the world to stimulate discussions and exchange of knowledge.