AIM Center Annual Meeting & Symposium 2019

The AIM Symposium has finished wrapping up and was by all accounts a huge success! We had leading scientist from around the world that gave wonderful talks on their current research and future plans.
The day started off with our guests being transported from the Keystone Symposium on Autophagy in Santa Fe New Mexico, that took place Sunday through Thursday, to the Domenici Auditorium at the University of New Mexico. Our guests delighted in some snacks before the symposium began.

Session I:

Our first session, "Fundamentals of Autophagy", was chaired by Dr. Tomatsu Yoshimori (Osaka University) with talks given by:
  • Sharon ToozeThe Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
    "Initiation of autophagy by ATG9 vesicles and PI4P"
  • Fulvio ReggioriUniversity Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
    "Supplying lipid to the forming autophagosome"
  • Zvulun ElazarWeizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    "Relationship between fatty acid, lipid synthesis and Autophagy"



Shortly after the first session our guests were able to get lunch and attend our workshop, "Meeting the Experts Workshop: From Concepts to Methodologies". The workshop consisted of about an hour and a half of meeting top scientists in autophagy related fields. This was a great networking opportunity for our guests as well as a great opportunity to have our Affiliate Members and International Council of Affiliate Members meet and speak to so many people. The workshop was moderated by Dr. Leon Murphy (Casma Therapeutics) and Dr. Li Yu (Tsinghua University) and consisted of:

  • Christian Behrends
    Proteomics and autophagy network regulation
    Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, München, Germany
  • Judy Cannon, Yuexi Gu, Larry Sklar, John Weaver
    The AIM Center Core services and capabilities
    The AIM Center, UNM Health Sciences, Albuquerque NM, USA
  • Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen
    EM/Autophagasome Ultrastructure
    University of Turku, Finland
  • Terje Johansen
    Selective Autophagy
    The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
  • Noboru Mizushima
    Autophagy Initiation and Maturation
    University of Tokyo, Japan


  • Michael Ragusa
    Structural biology of autophagy systems
    Dartmouth University, New Hampshire, USA
  • Kevin Ryan
    Autophagy and Cancer
    Cancer Research Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK
  • Maria Vaccaro
    Membrane Proteins and Autophagy
    University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Tamotsu Yoshimori
    Autophagy in Diseases
    Osaka University, Osaka, Japan


Session II

The second session titled Autophagy Intersections with Other Pathways, was chaired by Dr. Noboru Mizushima (University of Tokyo). This session consisted of:

  • Patrice CodognoUniversté Paris Descartes Sorbonne, Paris, France
    "Autophagy: a protective response to shear stress"
  • Gabor JuhaszInstitute of Genetics, Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    "Intersections and different regulation of autophagy and crinophagy"
  • Thierry GalliInstitute of Psychiatry and Neurosciences of Paris, INSERM
    "Role of VAMP7-dependent unconventional secretion in neurite growth"
  • Phyllis HansonUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, USA
    "ESCRTs in endolysosomal membrane repair"


Session III:

To wrap up the day, our third session titled "Autophagy in Models for Basic Science and Disease" was chaired by Dr. Terje Johansen (The Arctic University of Norway). This session was composed of our final three speakers:

  • David RubinszteinCambridge University, UK
    "Contact inhibition compromises autophagy"
  • Devrim GozuacikSabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
    "Novel regulators of autophagy"
  • Quan ChenChinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
    "Molecular regulation of selective mitophagy and its role in inflammasome activation and hepatocarcinogenesis"

We would like to thank everyone that attended the AIM Center's 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium. The talks were nothing less than exceptional and a fantastic opportunity for the researchers here to meet and speak with leading professionals in the field.!


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