The symposium and this volume are dedicated to the memory of a distinguished physician scientist, Professor Per Björntorp, whose pioneering ideas and research have set the foundations in this important field and continue to be a source of inspiration.
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Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome: the Stress on Society: W.P.T. James, N. Rigby and R. Leach.
Part I: Stress through the Life Course:.
1. Fetal Origins of Stress–Related Adult Disease: E. Kajantie.
2. Birth–Weight, Stress in Childhood and the Metabolic Syndrome in Adult life: D. Phillips.
3. Metabolic Syndrome Manifestations in Classic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia:.
Do They Predispose to Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease and Secondary Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?: E. Charmandari and G.P. Chrousos.
4. Stress in Women: Metabolic Syndrome and the PCOS: E. Diamanti–Kandarakis and F. Economou.
5. Stress, the Endoplasmic Reticulum and Insulin Resistance: P. Tsiotra and C. Tsigos.
Part II: Central Stress Activity and Peripheral Tissue Sensitivity in the Genesis of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome:.
6. Stress, Visceral Obesity and Metabolic Complications: I. Kyrou, G.P. Chrousos and C. Tsigos.
7. The Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis Activity in Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome: R. Pasquali, V. Vicennati, M. Cacciari and U.Pagotto.
8. Sympathetic system activity in obesity and the metabolic syndrome: N. Tendolouris, S. Liatis and N. Katsilambros.
9. A Brief Update of Glucocorticoid Receptor Variants and Obesity Risk: R. Rosmond, V. Radulovic and G. Holm.
10. Tissue Production of Cortisol by 11 –hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase type 1 and Metabolic Risks: B.R. Walker and R. Andrew.
11. Peripheral Factors in the Metabolic Syndrome. The Pivotal Role of Adiponectin: C. Tsatsanis, V. Zacharioudaki, A. Androulidaki, E. Dermitzaki, I. Charalampopoulos, V. Minas, A. Gravanis and A. Margioris.
12. The Protective Role of Exercise on Stress System Dysregulation and Co–morbidities: A. Tsatsoulis.
13. Nutrition and Inflammatory Load: M.D. Kontogianni, A. Zambelas and C. Tsigos.
Part III: Targeting Components of the Stress System as Potential Therapies:.
14. Potential Uses of CRH Antagonists: A. Zoumakis and G. P. Chrousos.
15. Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibition and Eating Behavior: V. Hainer, K. Kabrnova, B. Aldhoon, M. Kunesova, M. Wagenknecht.
16. Targeting the Cannabinoid System in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: C. Tsigos and I. Kyrou.
17. Targeting Components of the Stress System as Potential Therapies for the Metabolic Syndrome: The Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors: V.D. Yumuk.
18. Regulation of Appetite and Insulin Action in Inflammatory States: K. Karalis.
19. Stress, Cytokines and Sleep Disorders: A. Vgontzas.
Index of Contributors