Gerald HOEFLER is Chairman of the Institute of Pathology at the MUG with a particular interest in molecular pathology, neoplasia, signal transduction and transcription factors. Recently, his research focused on the effects of fatty acids on cellular metabolism. His group has characterized several transgenic mouse models to establish causes and functional effects of lipotoxicity. He aims to elucidate the role of lipases and lipotoxicity in the development of tumor-associated cachexia. Gerald Hoefler is speaker of the FWFfunded DK “Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease - MCD” (http://www.medunigraz. at/DK_MCD/).