The Metabolic Disorder, Cardiovascular, and Aging Cluster, Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (MVA-IMERI-FMUI) had held the 1st International Conference of Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Aging Research Symposium (CMARS). CMARS was held from February 23rd to February 26th, 2023 with “Improving collaborative research between Netherlands, Japan, and Indonesia” as the theme. Agian Jeffilano Barinda, MD, PhD was the chairperson of the conference which was held online and could be accessed through its official website during the event.

The 1st CMARS had brought together a multi-disciplinary experts group involved in the field including clinicians, academicians, and researchers from Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Germany, Denmark, India, The Netherlands, and The United States. This conference offered learning and networking opportunities through multidisciplinary invited speakers.

There were keynote lecture from Prof. Dante Saksono as the vice-Minister of Health, Republic of Indonesia, about future perspective on translational research in metabolic disorder, cardiovascular, and aging in Indonesia. In addition, as the keynote speakers also, Prof. Patrick Rensen and Dr. Ippei Shimizu who shared a different perspective on the role of Brown Adipose Tissue as the link of Metabolic, Cardiovascular, and Aging (MVA).

CMARS also held editors’ and professors’ session sharing good perspectives on how to publish in a high-impact journal. Besides that, Young Scientists Sessions was held about the best career options for young scientist after graduation. Several high-qualified speakers had talked about heart failure in diabetes, regeneration therapy, genetics, herbal medicine, big data, future technology, and advanced markers and therapeutics in the MVA fields.

By the end of the conference, a total of 216 CMARS participants were registered from Indonesia, Japan, The Netherlands, India, United Kingdom, Germany, and Iraq. We hope that this conference could lead to more collaboration opportunities between researchers from Indonesia, Japan and the Netherlands regarding the cardiovascular, metabolic and aging issues in the near future.