ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

March 7–10, 2023
Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point, Calif.

The ASBMB Deuel conference is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators — and for scientists who’ve just begun to explore the role of lipids in their research programs. This event will bring together a diverse array of people including those who have not attended Deuel or perhaps any lipid meeting before.

The conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy the informal atmosphere that encourages free and open discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts.

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Important dates

Dec. 6 Early registration deadline *
Jan. 10 Abstract deadline (authors are required to register for the conference upon submission of abstract)
Jan. 31 Deadline for cancellation/refunds (no refunds after this date)
Feb. 13 Regular registration deadline * 

* Registration (and housing) is on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until capacity is reached. This may mean that the conference registration closes before the official posted registration deadline. To secure your spot at the conference we encourage you to register early.

Havel lecture
Jay Horton

Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Director of the Center of Human Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Robert V. Farese Sloan Kettering Institute
Tobias Walther Sloan Kettering Institute


All individuals traveling from outside of the United States should apply for a visa as soon as possible and at least four to five months prior to their date of travel.

Please do not wait until you receive your registration confirmation before applying for a visa. We encourage you to apply for your visa right away if you are considering attending to avoid delays and longer than anticipated wait times.

All visitors traveling to the U.S. from visa waiver countries must meet all requirements of the program. Find more information on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and a list of visa waiver countries.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement

For the health and safety of attendees, COVID-19 vaccination is required with recommended boosters. Mask wearing and other requirements will be based on state and local guidelines and will be communicated with attendees before the start of the event.

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Speaker information

  • Speakers are required to bring their own laptops for their presentations.
  • You must provide your own adapter for HDMI connections.
  • Session room will be equipped with standard projection equipment which includes a data projector, clicker, laser pointer, and technician. 
  • Check in with the AV tech in the room at least 30 minutes prior to the session your talk is in.
  • When preparing your presentation, please use standard fonts (e.g., Times, New Roman, Ariel, Helvetica, etc.). If you are using a font that is not standard it should be embedded into your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Create your presentation using 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • In the same folder as your presentation, include any external files that are used in the presentation, e.g. video files. 
  • Microphones in the session room are provided to ensure that everyone can clearly hear the presentations. Presenters should be mindful of those who are hard of hearing and always use the supplied microphones.
  • 30 minute talks will have 22 minutes for their talk and 7 minutes for Q&A.
  • 20 minute short talks will have 15 minutes for their talk and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Poster presenter information

The board dimensions are 4’x6’ and useable space on the board is 44” height x 68” length.

Please refer to the program onsite for your poster board number.

All poster presenters will be presenting during both poster sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Set up your poster between 2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.
  • Remove your poster on Thursday, March 9 at the conclusion of the poster session.
  • Posters that are left up after Thursday’s poster session will be discarded.


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What's included

The 2023 Deuel package includes:

  • All scientific sessions and meeting materials
  • 3 nights lodging (arriving March 7, departing March 10)
  • The following meals are included in your registration fee:
    • Tuesday, March 7: Dinner
    • Wednesday, March 8: Breakfast and dinner
    • Thursday, March 9: Breakfast
    • Friday, March 10: Breakfast ​
Note: No commuter registration fee available.

Registration changes

Registration changes will be accepted as space allows until Jan. 31, and can be made by contacting or calling the ASBMB accounting department at 240-283-6600.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received in writing on or before Jan. 31 are subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after Jan. 31, due to final guarantee commitments. 

Getting to the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa


  • John Wayne Airport—Orange County (24 miles)
  • Long Beach Airport (45 miles)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (60 miles)

Getting from the airport to the Marriott

There will not be a shuttle provided to and from the airports/Marriott. All attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

* Industry attendee information

The Deuel Conference greatly values industry (e.g., pharma, biotech) participation. Indeed, industry participants have played a huge role in creating the meeting’s vibrant scientific atmosphere and in guiding the future of the meeting. By long tradition, industry registrants are required to sponsor the ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids. The rules regarding sponsorship, which were established by the Deuel Conference Board of Directors, have not changed in more than 30 years. To learn about sponsorship rules, please contact the Deuel Conference Fundraising Chair, Stephen G. Young. In many cases, funding of an employer-sponsored “meeting grant” covers the sponsorship requirement. The absence of funding by an employer-sponsored grant program is not a problem; however, you will need to contact Stephen Young regarding an alternate pathway for sponsorship.

Program schedule

Tuesday March 7
Wednesday March 8
Thursday March 9
Friday March 10

Tuesday agenda

3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration open

5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Opening reception

You must pick up your badge before attending the opening reception. You will not be permitted at the opening reception without your badge displayed.
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM


You must pick up your badge before attending dinner. You will not be permitted at dinner without your badge displayed.
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Richard J. Havel Lecture

Lipogenesis in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Jay Horton, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Wednesday agenda

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1: Structural biology and biochemistry of lipids

Session chair: Niklas Mejhert

The Journal of Clinical Investigation Lecture
Bacterial modification of bile acids alters host physiology
Sloan Devlin, Harvard University
Lysosomal lipid homeostasis in neurodegeneration
Suzanne Pfeffer, Stanford University
Molecular insights into cholesterol metabolism
Xiaochun Li, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Short talk: How does Scap sense cholesterol in the membrane?
Blake Williams, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Short talk: Structural analysis of the serine palmitoyltransferase complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Carolin Körner, Osnabrück University
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Poster session

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Session 2: Lipid cell biology

Session chair: Jeeyun Chung

From the biophysics to the cell biology of lipid droplets
Rachid Thiam, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris
Brown fat: from cell biology to physiology and disease
Paul Cohen, Rockefeller University
Lipid dynamics, membrane contact sites and neurodegeneration
Pietro De Camilli, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Reconstitution approaches for deciphering intracellular lipid transfer processes and designing drugs to target them
Guillaume Drin, Université Côte d'Azur CNRS

Thursday agenda

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 3: Lipids in the brain

Session chair: Pietro De Camilli

Lysosomal functions of progranulin and implications for treatment of frontotemporal dementia
Gilbert Di Paolo, Denali Therapeutics Inc.
Novel roles for gangliosides in the nervous system: implications for neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases
Simonetta Sipione, University of Alberta
Selective autophagy of lipid droplets for neuronal lipid metabolism
Jeeyun Chung, Harvard University
Short talk: ABCA7-mediated lipid transport in neural cell types and Alzheimer's disease
Kate Townsend Creasy, University of Pennsylvania
Short talk: Understanding the role of cellular lipid homeostasis in lysosomal membrane repair processes
Aakriti Jain, University of California, Berkeley
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Poster session

6:00 PM - 8:10 PM

Session 4: Lipids in physiology and disease 1

Session chair: Sloan Devlin

Bioactive lipids and metabolism
Barbara Kahn, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
CryoEM yields new insights into lipoprotein lipase structure and function
Saskia Neher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The role of adipocyte heterogeneity in health and disease
Niklas Mejhert, Karolinska Institute
Short talk: Oxi-lipidosis at the endoplasmic reticulum drives NASH
Xiao-Wei Chen, Peking University
Short talk: Biochemical characterization of the biogenesis, degradation, and cellular reprogramming of the fatty liver disease-causing protein PNPLA3-I148M
David Sherman, Amgen Inc.

Friday agenda

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 5: Lipids in physiology and disease 2

Session chair: Suzanne Pfeffer

Lipids that matter to beige fat biogenesis
Shingo Kajimura, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
JLR Distinguished Lecturer
Tales from the cold — lipid mediators that promote thermogenesis
Claudio Villanueva, University of California, Los Angeles
Short talk: SPRING is a novel regulator of hepatic lipid metabolism and plasma lipoprotein levels
Noam Zelcer, Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam
Genetic models of lipid peroxidation
Philipp Niethammer, Sloan Kettering Institute
A novel dimension to the transcriptional regulation of hepatic metabolism
Sudha Biddinger, Boston Children's Hospital

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.

Deuel board

The Deuel conference board is responsible for organizing the meeting.

Past meetings

Information about past Deuel conferences.


Bylaws of the ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids.