John traveled to Munich, Germany for the 2nd Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference hosted by Dr. Matthias Tschöp. While in Munich, he met with many of the Group Leaders at the IDO to discuss ongoing collaborations and attend this outstanding meeting which took place at the Lenbach Palais Rilano No.6. The meeting featured numerous giants in the field of metabolism and obesity including: Matthias Mann, Mitch Lazar, Tamas Horvath, Phil Scherer, Ron Khan, and Jeff Friedman. The trip coincided with the annual Oktoberfest celebration which made for some great times with old friends. Also, a big congratulations to our friend, Brian Finan, who won the prestigious Novo Nordisk-HeIDi Award!