Seminar 4: November 23rd

The fourth online seminar of 2023 will take place on November 23rd from 16:00-17:00. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Bartelt  of the institute of Cardiovascular Prevention at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät München Hospital, Munich, Germany. He will be joined by Thirza van Deuren from the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

“Fat and flesh – physiological adaptations of brown adipose tissue and muscle”

Prof. Bartelt is the Professor of Cardiovascular Metabolism at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät München Hospital, Munich, Germany. He received his Diploma in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2007 with honors. During his PhD at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf he pioneered brown fat metabolic research with Prof. Jörg Heeren and embarked into immunometabolism during his postdoctoral training at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with Prof. Gökhan Hotamisligil. Dr. Bartelt’s contributions to the understanding of metabolism have been recognized by national and international awards, fellowships and honors. He currently leads an international research team at the Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention with support of DFG, DZHK, JPND, and ERC. His research is dedicated to understanding the biological principles of metabolism and how they fail in obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

“Identifying a complex carbohydrate mixture in context of a high-protein DIet that is able to STeer microbial fermentation to improve metabolic heALth: the DISTAL-study”

Thirza van Deuren ia a PhD Candidate at the Department of Human Biology in Maastricht University. Her PhD project focuses on the link between the gut microbiota, its metabolites, and metabolic health in overweight individuals. Thirza finished a study in collaboration with AAK Netherlands which assessed if an edible oil varying in butyrate/hexanoate-enriched triglycerides content may increase short-chain fatty acids levels in the circulation and improve substrate and energy metabolism. Currently, she and Colin van Kalkeren are conducting a 12 week intervention with a complex carbohyrdate mixture in context of a high protein diet with the aim to steer microbial fermentation and thereby improve metabolic, brain, and immune health (the DISTAL study).

Prior studies BSc in Life- and Biomedical Sciences, pre-med track at UCR, Middelburg (Summa Cum Laude, 2017). Msc in Nutrition and Health and a specialization in Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology at WUR, Wageningen (Cum Laude, 2019).