Limna - Lausanne Integrative Metabolism Nutrition Alliance


The Lausanne Integrative Metabolism and Nutrition Alliance, LIMNA, is a joint research initiative created by the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne (FBM-UNIL), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), and the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). It aims to promote research and education on metabolism, nutrition, aging and all associated diseases, such as obesity, diabetes or cancer, in Lausanne area.


The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), supports LIMNA initiative as official sponsor (More information). 


With this initiative, we want to create synergies between teams that work on different research subjects that have metabolism as the common keyword. We also aim to promote the translation of fundamental to clinical research and encourage the collaboration between laboratories of these three institutions. LIMNA also offers a limited number of travel grants to students/postdocs within LIMNA network (More information).


Monday 6th March 2017

> Mario Pende
Cell growth control by nutrients: focus on mTOR and class III PI3K
Mario Pende Institut Necker, Paris, France Host: LLuis Fajas  
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A joint study between UNIL, NIHS and EPFL shows that exercise enhances super complex formation in the mitochondria of human muscles

Francesca Amati, associate professor at the Department of physiology and Institute of sports sciences of Unil, and her team show the beneficial moldecular effects of exercise on metabolism in healthy, sendentary older adults. This study was done in collaboration with other LIMNA members, the Prof. Johan Auwerx from EPFL and the Dr. Carles Cantò from NIHS. It  shows, for the time. that exercise affects mitochondrial supercomplex formation and reveal a new adaptative mechanism for increased energy demand and thus that the human skeletal muscle respiratory chain is profoundly affected by 4 months of endurance exercise (see article).   Link to Unil webpage. Link to EPFL webpage. Link to NIHS webpage.
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