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8-13 Oct 2023, Funchal, Madeira Island (Portugal)

Since the discovery of their signaling functions over 35 years ago, research efforts into sphingolipids have grown and now represent a community of labs and scientists from around the world. The goal of this site is to serve as a central hub for the sphingolipid community – providing space to present research, exchange ideas, and advertise career opportunities. We also want to use this site as a way to promote lipid research and increase our visibility in the wider scientific community, as well as to inspire researchers in other fields to think about lipids in their own studies. In this spirit, we encourage you to spread the word.

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We are happy to announce the  second edition of the

FEBS Special Meeting on Sphingolipid Biology

which will be held in the beautiful island of Madeira


from 8 to 13 October 2023.

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Know more about upcoming Topic Collections!


At the recent Glycolipid and Sphingolipid GRC in Italy we took the opportunity to ask a few questions to lipid researchers of all levels.


The Special Issue on Sphingolipid Biology is now online!

We are grateful to all authors that contributed to this special issue with their research work and critical literature reviews on diverse subjects related to Sphingolipid Biology.

First discovered in the 1870s, sphingolipids are a fundamental class of molecules and were considered for many years to be inert structural lipids embedded in membrane bilayers. In the last decades, our growing understanding of sphingolipid signaling combined with advances in analytical tools and methodologies has broadened the boundaries of the sphingolipid universe. The FEBS Letters special issue titled ‘Sphingolipid biology’ comprises 10 contributions that reflect some of this diversity in sphingolipid research to provide the reader with a fair, yet incomplete, idea of how diverse sphingolipids influence cell and organismal pathophysiology. 

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Every two weeks we host webinars given by recognized scientists in the Sphingolipid field and by early-stage researchers

The suspension of in-person conferences owing to the COVID pandemic deprives PIs, postdocs, and graduate students of key opportunities to present their work on the local, national, and international stage.

With this webinar series, we hope to provide these opportunities for researchers at all levels with goals of stimulating discussion and enhancing collaboration in the community.

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