Session Chair: Alesandra Sussulini

Keynote Speaker: Matej Oresic, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Molecular Systems Immunology and Physiology Research, Turku, Finland

Fat challenges!
Lipidomics is an emerging subarea of metabolomics, which involves the identification of alterations in cells and body fluid lipid levels, thus enlightening pathological processes, response to drug treatments or environmental disturbances. Due to the structural complexity of the lipids, lipidomics itself is categorized as targeted or untargeted lipidomics, when the objective of the study is determining specific lipids (or lipid classes) or performing global exploratory analyses. In this session, we will discuss the application of lipidomics to clinical research, the state-of-the-art analytical methods, and the big challenges involved in this area, especially in terms of lipid identification and quantification by mass spectrometry, which demands standardization and improvement of data quality.