Lipid Research Division


The Lipid Research Division (LRD) is a division of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The LRD represents lipid research scientists of the society and addresses concerns that include, but are not limited to, national and international visibility, representation at the annual meeting and on scientific advisory panels, and increased funding for lipid research. Additionally, the LRD serves as a platform within ASBMB to highlight progress in lipid research and to foster communication among lipid researchers and between lipid researchers and the broader ASBMB membership.

Director(s): The LRD is headed by a director or by two co-directors who shall be selected following an election by the LRD membership for a three-year term renewable for a second term. Candidates for the election will be selected by the LRD steering committee following suggestions from the LRD membership. She/he/they are responsible for general leadership of the division, liaison with society leadership, ASBMB journals, and other ASBMB divisions as outlined below.

Steering Committee: The Steering Committee consisting of up to 10 members are appointed by the LRD director(s) for a three-year term renewable for a second term. The goal of the committee is to represent diverse research areas within the LRD membership. The committee is responsible for the general direction of the LRD in consultation with the LRD Director(s) and assistance on projects identified by the LRD Director(s).

Meetings: The LRD (Director(s) and Steering Committee) holds a formal meeting during the ASBMB annual meeting. The director or one co-director and a majority of Steering Committee members is required to vote on actionable items. When necessary, meetings will be held via electronic communication.

Membership: Membership in the LRD is open to all members of the ASBMB. Membership is also open to lipid researchers who are not members of the ASBMB, but they are encouraged to join. The application is found on the LRD web page.

Membership Director: The membership director is appointed by the LRD director(s). She/he is responsible for membership recruitment. She/he is the liaison with program directors and scientific research officers of the NIH, NSF, and USDA for appointment of LRD members to scientific advisory panels.

Annual Meeting Theme/Symposium: The LRD is responsible for the organization of a lipid representation, such as a theme/symposium, at the ASBMB annual meeting. The organizers are appointed by the LRD Director(s) in consultation with the Steering Committee.

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee consisting of the LRD director(s) and members of the Steering Committee is responsible for the selection of the ASBMB Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award. The Director(s) or designate (who may be the nominator) is responsible for the introduction of the recipient at the ASBMB Annual Meeting. A similar mechanism will be instituted for all future awards if and when established by the LRD.

ASBMB Today/Lipid News: The LRD provides a feature article of interest to ASBMB membership in the ASBMB Today monthly publication. Feature articles are solicited by and edited by a member of the Steering Committee appointed by the Director(s).

LRD seminar series: The LRD seminar series on Lipids and Lipid Signaling offers graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty an opportunity to present their work via a webinar format. The seminars are organized by a committee of young scientists that are chosen by the director(s) of the LRD and the ASBMB staff; they are held on a regular schedule.

Webpage: The LRD maintains a website that features research highlights, member spotlights (e.g., awards and honors), calendar of meetings, conferences, and webinars, job postings, funding opportunities, and technical resources. The site is maintained by ASBMB staff.

Social media: The LRD maintains Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage members on social media. The accounts and membership are maintained by the director(s) and ASBMB staff.

These bylaws may be amended upon approval by the majority of the Steering Committee and Director(s).