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The RACMEM-2017 keynote lectures and proceedings of the body composition satellite meeting have been published in a special issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: 

Local Organising Committee: 

Abdul Dulloo, Jennifer Miles-Chan, Jean-Pierre Montani, Yves Schutz

Scientific Program

Thursday 19th October                      

10:00 – 18:00                     9th Fribourg Obesity Research Conference (FORC-2017) (click here to view program)

(Proceedings published in special issue of Obesity Reviews 2018 Dec;19 Suppl 1

Friday 20th October                      

09:00 – 18:00                     Pre-Meeting Satellites (click below to view programs):

Satellite I: Doubly-Labeled Water: Introduction & Current Issues

Satellite II: Novel concepts in the relationships between Body composition, Energy Balance Regulation & Cardiometabolic Health

18:15 – 21:00                     RACMEM Welcome Reception


Saturday 21st October    


08:15 – 08:30                     Welcome to RACMEM-2017

Abdul Dulloo

Department of Medicine/Physiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

08:30 – 09:00                     Keynote Lecture 1:

The contribution of Swiss scientists to the assessment of energy metabolism

Jean-Pierre Montani

Department of Medicine/Physiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

09:00 – 12:30                     Morning Session 1:

Calorimetry Measurements & Data Adjustments

1a: Symposium Lectures - Chair: Raffaella Crescenzo (Naples, Italy)

  • Man and machine variability in calorimetric studies

Guy Plasqui

Human Biology, Nutrition & Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University, Netherlands


  • An evaluation of ‘A guide to analysis of mouse energy metabolism‘

09:00 – 10:30                                        Martin Klingenspor

Research Center for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Technische Universität München, Germany


  • Cost of thermal regulation affects various components of energy expenditure in mice at vivarium temperature

Patrick Even

AgroParisTech, INRA, University Paris-Saclay, France

  • Energy flux and susceptibility to obesity in humans: data adjustment controversies

Dale Schoeller

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


10:30 – 11:00                      Coffee/tea break, combined with sponsor exhibition


11:00 – 12:30                      1b: Short Oral Communications - Chair: Peter Murgatroyd (Cambridge, UK)

  • Determining the Accuracy and Reliability of Indirect Calorimeters Utilizing the Methanol Combustion Technique

Jamie Cooper

Department of Foods & Nutrition, University of Georgia, GA, USA​

  • Influence of a protocol to correct metabolic cart data on resting energy expenditure and respiratory quotient in humans

Jose E. Galgani

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile 

  • Metabolic flexibility as a biomarker of body weight gain

Kristina Bardova

Department of Adipose Tissue Biology, Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic   

  • Re-evaluation of data handling rules to increase the accuracy and precision of sleeping energy expenditure

Jasper Most

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA   


  • Building a room calorimeter by mistake: a New Zealand first  

Terry O’Donnell 

Centre for Translational Physiology, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand     


12:30 – 14:00                      Lunch / Poster Session /Sponsor exhibition


14:00 – 17:00                      Afternoon Session 2:

Physical Activity, Sedentarity & Sleep

2a: Symposium Lectures - Chair: Luís B. Sardinha (Lisbon, Portugal) 

  • Posture allocation & sedentary threshold

Jennifer Miles-Chan

School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand


  • Sit-stand movement assessment & breaking sitting time

14:00 – 15:30                                        Yoichi Hatamoto

The Fukuoka University Institute of Physical Activity, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Use of nutrient tracers to link activity energy expenditure and fat oxidation

Audrey Bergouignan

Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert CURIEN, University of Strasbourg, France

  • Exploring approaches for phenotyping human variability in movement-associated thermogenesis

Abdul Dulloo

Department of Medicine/Physiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

15:30 – 16:00                      Coffee/tea break, combined with sponsor exhibition


16:00 – 17:00                      2b: Short Oral Communications - Chair: Bengt Kayser (Lausanne, Switzerland) 

  • Standardising the energy cost of walking

Nuala Byrne

School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania, Australia

  • ​Use of the ActiGraph GT9X Inertial Measurement Unit to Predict Energy Expenditure Using Artificial Neural Networks 

Samuel LaMunion

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA  

  • ​Effects of a high fat diet followed by an exercise on substrate oxidation and glycemic and ketone body controls in non-obese patients with DMII

Takanori Fukushima

University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan  

  • ​Metabolic Adaptations and the Limits of Sustained Energy Expenditure in Humans

Herman Pontzer

Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA

17:00 – 17:40                      Points-of-View - Chair: Lilian de Jonge (Fairfax, Virginia, USA)  

Defining Metabolic (In)Flexibility - amid literature confusions

One View:        Paul Maclean

       University of Colorado Denver, USA

Another View: Eric Ravussin

                Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

17:40 – 18:25                     The RACMEM Lectures

Part I: A tribute to John Garrow

From his "Energy Balance & Obesity".....

Yves Schutz

Eurobesitas, Vevey, Switzerland his "Treat Obesity Seriously"

Steve Heymsfield

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, USA

Part II: History of RACMEM

Ed Melanson and Paul Maclean

University of Colorado Denver, USA

18:30 – 21:30                      Gala Dinner (Soirée Fondue)


Sunday 22nd October    


08:15 – 08:20                     Welcome back

08:20 – 09:00                      Keynote Lecture 2 - Chair: John Blundell (Leeds, UK)

Normalizing Energy Expenditure across the Life Course: Challenges & Hopes

Manfred Müller

Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science, University of Kiel, Germany

09:00 – 12:30                      Morning Session 3:

Energy Metabolism Measurements over 24 hours or more

3a: Symposium Lectures - Chair: Marleen van Baak (Maastricht, Netherlands) 

  • Coupling 24h chamber calorimetry with continuous glucose monitoring

Anja Bosy-Westphal

Institute of Nutritional Medicine, University of Hohenheim, Germany


  • Effects of timing of exercise or meals on energy metabolism

09:00 – 10:30                                        Kumpei Tokuyama

Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan


  • Challenges in measuring energy balance in the mother and her baby

Leanne Redman

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, USA


  • Assessing maternal-offspring energy transfer: lessons from farm animal research

Korinna Huber

Institute of Animal Science, University of Hohenheim, Germany


10:30 – 11:00                      Coffee/tea break, combined with sponsor exhibition


11:00 – 12:30                      3b: Short Oral Communications - Chair: James Stubbs (Leeds, UK) 

  • Low 24-hour core body temperature as a thrifty metabolic trait contributing to the enhanced efficiency of fat deposition during weight regain

Julie Calonne

Department of Medicine / Physiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 

  • ​Energy expenditure, substrate oxidation, and satiety effects during a controlled 48-h high protein- vs. medium-protein diet, after 2 yrs on this diet - a PREVIEW respiration chamber study

Mathijs Drummen

Department of Human Biology and Movement Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • ​Metabolic flexibility in normal weight and overweight Asians

Stefan Camps 

Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and National University Health System, Centre for Translational Medicine, Singapore. 

  • ​Post-Breakfast Respiratory Quotient Kinetics to define Metabolic Flexibility

Elvis A. Carnero

Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism, Florida Hospital-Sanford, Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, USA 

  • Validation of the doubly labeled water method using integrated cavity output spectroscopy and isotope mass spectrometry against whole-room indirect calorimetry

Edward L. Melanson 

Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes & Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado, USA

  • Shake-Spear17: metabolic adaptions due to extreme environment and physical activity

John Hattersley 

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, University of Warwick, University of Coventry, UK


12:30 – 14:00                      Lunch / Poster Session /Sponsor exhibition


14:00 – 17:30                      Afternoon Session 4:

Organ/Tissue Thermogenesis & Fuel Substrate Trafficking

4a: Symposium Lectures - Chair: José Galgani (Santiago, Chile)

  • Towards assessing the quantitative contribution of brown fat to thermogenesis in humans

Kong Chen

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, NIDDK, NIH, USA


  • Challenges in delineating shivering & non-shivering thermogenesis during cold acclimation

                                    François Haman

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada

14:00 – 15:40  

  • State-of-the-art measurements of brown adipose tissue

Tim Nagy

Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama-Birmingham, USA


  • Fuel substrate trafficking in brown adipose tissue thermogenesis

Denis Richard

Department of Medicine, Université Laval, Canada

  • Shivering and pre-shivering thermogenesis: what do they really represent?

Esa Hohtola

​Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Finland

​15:45 – 16:15                      Coffee/tea break, combined with sponsor exhibition


16:15 – 17:30                      4b: Short Oral Communications - Chair: Jan Nedergaard (Stockholm, Sweden) 

  • The Effect of Skeletal Muscle Lipoprotein Lipase Overexpression on Obesity, Weight Loss Maintenance, and Weight Regain

David M Presby

Department of Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes. University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA  

  • ​Analysis of interscapular brown fat metabolism by combining Indirect Calorimetry with Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography

Monja Willershäuser

Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Life Sciences, Freising, Germany

  • ​Energy expenditure of human cervico-thoracic brown fat and muscles during mild cold stress: A positron emission tomography study

Mueez u Din 

Turku PET Centre, Turku University Hospital, University of Turku, Turku, Finland 

  • ​The influence of propranolol on resting energy expenditure and other physiological parameters in cold and warm condition

Robert J. Brychta

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA 

  • Investigating cold-induced thermogenesis in humans: Recognizing the importance of using an integrative approach

Denis Blondin 

Department of medicine, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

17:30 – 18:15                      Debate - Moderator: Jan Nedergaard (Stockholm, Sweden) 

Switching on brown adipose tissue to cure obesity: will it work?

Yes:  Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt

                  NUTRIM School for Nutrition & Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University, Netherlands

No:   John Speakman

Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK; and Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

18:15 – 18:30                      Closing Remarks

Abdul Dulloo

Department of Medicine/Physiology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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