March 3–6 | Coronado, Calif.

2020 Deuel Conference on Lipids

Fat in Liver and Beyond

The Deuel conference takes place annually at a West Coast location for five sessions over two and a half days. The conference centers around an aspect of lipid metabolism and maintains an informal atmosphere, encourages free and open discussion, and is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data.

Attendees enjoy the informality and the meeting provides the depth and breadth of expertise necessary for a high quality conference. Participants are investigators in the field of lipids and lipoproteins from the around the world. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts.

Important dates

Dec. 5 Early registration deadline
Feb. 4 Abstract submission deadline
Feb. 19 Registration deadline
Feb. 26 Registration cancellation deadline

Program Schedule

Tuesday March 3
Wednesday March 4
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6

Tuesday agenda

7:30 PM - 12:00 AM

The Havel Lecture

Dynamics of membrane trafficking, sorting and compartmentalization within eukaryotic cells
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Wednesday agenda

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1: Genetics of NAFLD

Characterization of PNPLA3 and its role in the development of NAFLD
Helen Hobbs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Use of GWAS to identify genes causing NASH
Elizabeth Speliotes, University of Michigan
Identification and characterization of role of MBOAT7 in NASH
Stefano Romeo, University of Gothenburg
Regulation of the degradation of SREBP2
Arun Radhakrishnan, University of Texas, Southwestern
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Session 2: Role of Lipids in NASH

Journal of Lipid Research Award Lecture
Hepatocyte cholesterol signaling in TAZ-induced NASH fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma
Ira Tabas, Columbia University
Lipid droplets and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Robert Farese, Harvard School of Public Health
Journal of Clinical Investigation Award Lecture
Leveraging large-scale genomics and EHR-linked biobanks to understand NAFLD/NASH risk and identify novel therapeutic targets
Noura Abul-Husn, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Thursday agenda

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 3: Fatty liver, TRLs and atherosclerosis

DGAT2 inhibition for the treatment of NASH
Morris Birnbaum, Pfizer Inc.
Lessons learned from the Reduce-it trial — additional benefit for NAFLD?
Christie Ballantyne, Baylor College of Medicine
Role of de novo lipogenesis in NAFLD
Sam Klein, Washington University in St. Louis
Chaperone-mediated autophagy and lipids: The fate of fat in the hands of proteins
Susmita Kaushik, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Session 4: Fat to NASH and beyond

Role of lipids in stellate cell activation
Scott Friedman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Notch activation induces NASH-associated fibrosis
Utpal Pajvani, Columbia University
Innate immune signaling in NASH/ASH
Wajahat Mehal, Yale University

Friday agenda

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 5: Emerging Therapies for NASH

Combination therapies for NASH
Chinweike Ukomadu, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
Characterization of FGF19 analogues for NASH
Lei Ling, NGM Biopharmaceuticals
ACC inhibition for the treatment of NASH
Chuhan Chung, Gilead Sciences, Inc.


Registration has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact

  Early registration
(by Dec. 5)
Regular registration
(by Feb. 19)
  Members Nonmembers Members Nonmembers
Trainee Double $650 $700 $750 $800
PI/Industry Double $1,150 $1,200 $1,250 $1,300
PI/Industry Single $1,650 $1,700 $1,750 $1,800

What's included

The 2020 Deuel package includes:

  • All scientific sessions and meeting materials
  • 3 nights lodging (arriving March 3, departing March 6)
  • Meals and networking receptions. Attendees are on their own for lunch.

Note: No commuter registration fee available.

Registration changes

Registration changes will be accepted as space allows until Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, and can be made by contracting or calling the ASBMB accounting department at 240-283-6600.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received in writing on or before Feb. 7, 2020, are subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after Feb. 7, 2020, due to final guarantee commitments. Email and attach a copy of your meeting registration receipt/paid invoice.


Hotel accommodations are made during the registration process. All housing arrangements must be made directly through the ASBMB’s registration site. Do not contact the meeting property directly.


Registrants choosing to bring a non-attendee guest will choose Single Occupancy Housing and provide the guest's name. A $500 guest fee will apply allowing your guest to accompany you to all meals/receptions.

Double occupancy

Double occupancy accommodation is available for two scientific meeting attendees wishing to share accommodations with either a designated or assigned roommate. If a roommate name is provided that roommate must also register as a meeting attendee and provide the roommate name that matches. If no roommate name is provided, the ASBMB will assign roommates based on gender. If the ASBMB is unable to assign a roommate the participant will be notified and required to pay the single occupancy rate.


Participants from industry must first meet the donor obligation in order to register. The requested contribution, unchanged for over 20 years, is $2,500 per industry participant (in addition to the registration fee). This financial contribution is waived if grant funding from the participant's company covers the $2,500/participant contribution. Contact Stephen Young for additional information.


Additional resources


Opportunities for companies that have a general interest in the areas of lipid metabolism, atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

The Havel Lecture

About Richard J. Havel and past lecturers.

Past meetings

View the programs of past Deuel conferences.

Deuel Board

The Deuel conference board is responsible for organizing the meeting.


Bylaws of the ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids.