The Lipid Droplet Conference: Biology in Health and Disease

June 26–30, 2022
Asheville, NC


June 26-30, 2022

Launched in 2008, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is the only major international meeting dedicated exclusively to lipid droplet biology and its relevance to human disease. The meeting explores lipid droplets in the context of their biogenesis/turnover, contacts with other organelles, integrative biology, and role in human physiology and disease.

The conference provides a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art research in the field. It brings together researchers with diverse backgrounds—who don’t typically have an opportunity to interact—to exchange ideas, catalyze cross-disciplinary insights, and develop collaborations and innovative approaches to treat metabolic disorders in humans.

A primary goal of this meeting is to promote the participation of women and historically excluded groups in lipid droplet research such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators will have an opportunity to present their research as posters or short oral presentations and to receive feedback from experienced scientists in the field.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: May 16, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: May 26, 2022
Cancellation Deadline June 5, 2022
Housing Deadline: June 12, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: June 22, 2022


The conference's main themes are: 1) Molecular mechanisms of lipid droplet biogenesis, turnover, function, and regulation by intracellular lipid trafficking; 2) Emerging research and technologies that advance the capacity to observe and manipulate lipid droplets to regulate physiology; 3) The roles of lipid droplets in diseases such as cancer, liver dysfunction, diabetes, aging, and as targets for innovative therapies.

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:
  • Lipid droplet biogenesis
  • Mechanisms of lipid droplet formation
  • Mechanisms of lipid droplet turnover
  • Lipid droplet contacts
  • Lipid droplet targeting and technologies
  • Emerging roles for lipid droplets
  • Lipid droplets in health and disease

The conference covers seven sessions with 16 short presentations selected from abstracts. There will be opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators to enhance their training. In the “Meet the Experts” session, established scientists will lead interactive breakout groups to discuss the scientific challenges and opportunities of the field. Two Career Development Workshops will feature investigators at various stages of their careers who will offer their insights and tips for starting a successful research group in academia and in industry.

View the preliminary agenda.

Keynote Lecture

There will be two keynotes, one by Elina Ikonen, PhD, University of Helsinki and one by Barbara Kahn, MD, Harvard Medical School.



Robert Farese Jr., MD

Professor and Chair, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

James Olzmann, PhD

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Poster Information

Poster boards are 8 feet wide (2.4m) and 4 feet in height (1.2m). 

Registration Fees

Early Registration is available until May 26, 2022
Students: $949
Invited Speakers: $1099

Regular registration fees start on May 27, 2022
Students: $1099
Invited Speakers: $1099

Reimbursement allocations are up to the organizers of each conference and depend on external funding availability, and therefore are not guaranteed. If you would like to be considered for partial reimbursement, please complete this form. If you are selected to receive any reimbursements for your registration and/or travel, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. Please note that this process will take several weeks after the conference occurs. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

Travel and Lodging

Renaissance Asheville Hotel - 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801

This is a high altitude location that is 2,135 ft (650 m) above sea level. For information about the area, please visit this blog: A Local’s Take On The Best Things To Do In Asheville, NC — NICK LEVINE PHOTOGRAPHY

To request a roomshare or rideshare with other participants click here. Please note that participation is completely voluntary and the responsibility of the individual. FASEB will not be matching or assigning roommates or rides. FASEB is not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made using these options.

$169 USD/night plus 13% in current taxes and fees, available through June 12, 2022 only.
The registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below:
Online or by phone at 800.627.7468 (Mention “2022 FASEB Conference-Lipid Droplet” for the discounted rate)

Lodging reservations should only be made using the options above. Any solicitation by third-party lodging companies is not endorsed by FASEB. 

Great rates: Enjoy specially negotiated rates which may also be honored for extended stays based on availability. 
Be in the center of activity: Enjoy quick and easy access to all conference functions and networking opportunities.
Additional protection: FASEB may be able to assist you with any issues that arise with the hotel.

The airport provides information on ground transportation options here for Asheville (AVL) and here for Charlotte (CLT). The average cost of a taxi from this airport to the conference location is approximately $45 for AVL and $310 CLT.

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DK132848-01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.