The Sphingolipid Club was founded on 31st October 2001 by a group of five Italian researchers with the idea of bringing together all researchers involved in sphingolipids. The association was legally registered in Perugia, Italy. The aim was to establish scientific collaboration and exchange information about the chemistry and biochemistry of the sphingolipids and about their role in physiological and pathological conditions of animals and plants.


In those years, sphingolipids molecules were still poorly understood thus being  a very exciting and promising area of investigation. The evidence of their importance has been the result of intensive worldwide research in the last decades. By creating this group, we had the aim to enhance improve the quality of sphingolipid research and its significance. Initially, the SLC had established a cooperation with researchers from the USA exclusively but later France,  Spain and Germany joined the group and successively most European and overseas countries gave to the Sphingolipid Club a worldwide dimension.  


Moving young PhD students from one laboratory to another to complete their education in the field, SLC has always aimed at encouraging young people in cultural exchanges between different countries. The result of their work, alongside with that of the international VIP guests, was presented in our Meetings: 2002 Perugia-Italy, 2003 Sale Marasino-Italy, 2004 Florence-Italy, 2005 Bertinoro-Italy, 2006 Calella della Costa-Spain, 2007 Bilbao-Spain, 2008 Leiden-Netherlands, 2009 Glasgow-Scotland, 2011 Favignana-Italy, 2013 Assisi-Italy, 2015 Cesme-Turkey (joint with the International Ceramide Conference).


Today the goal of the SLC is to continue to grow, to create scholarships for young people and lay the foundations for international projects.




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