The 3rd International Plasmalogen Symposium

Nov 28, 2023

Unveiling Plasmalogen Secrets: Highlights from the IPLS 2023 Conference in Vienna

The recent IPLS 2023 conference, organized by Professor Johannes Berger, President of IPLS, at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, proved to be a remarkable convergence of international experts and emerging scientists, collectively delving into the intricate realm of plasmalogens. This distinct phospholipid subclass, with its profound implications for health and disease, took center stage over two dynamic days, offering a comprehensive program that explored various facets of plasmalogen research.

The inaugural day saw luminaries such as Nancy Braverman, Masanori Honsho, and Irfan Lodhi presenting on topics ranging from clinical manifestations of ether lipid deficiency to the regulatory mechanisms of plasmalogen biosynthesis in mammals. Subsequent sessions continued to unravel mysteries, with discussions on peroxisomal beta-oxidation, the biochemistry of plasmanylethanolamine desaturase, and the roles of ether phospholipids in brain pathologies.

The equally compelling second day featured Markus A. Keller's insights into molecular characteristics of ether lipids, Frédéric Vaz's exploration of plasmanyl and plasmenyl assignment, and Sudip Paul's potential therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease through plasmalogen modulation. Special sessions delved into applications spanning cardiac pathology attenuation to the generation of inducible plasmalogen-deficiency animal models.

The conference's impactful conclusion featured Shamim Hossain, Jinxin Gu, and Pedro Brites, who explored plasmalogens' vital roles in boosting brainpower, eliminating aging-associated synaptic defects, and contributing to the nervous system, respectively. Notably, the "Lifetime Achievement Award in Plasmalogen Research" honored Professor Raphael A. Zoeller of Boston University for his fundamental contributions.

Beyond the scientific talks, the organizers curated an engaging sightseeing event near Vienna's winery, offering attendees a delightful blend of cultural exploration and culinary delights. The warm and friendly environment fostered connections among scientists, making the conference not only intellectually enriching but also socially enjoyable.

For researchers intrigued by the world of plasmalogens, the IPLS conference proved to be an invaluable platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and recognition. As we look ahead, the IPLS conferences promise to be catalysts for future breakthroughs in this enigmatic field. Join us in upcoming editions to unravel more mysteries, foster collaboration, and contribute to the evolving landscape of plasmalogen research.


Written by

Md Shamim Hossain

Active Committee member of IPLS