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The 4th Australian Lipid Meeting

28th to 30th November 2018 – the Camperdown Campus at the University of Sydney.

Hosted by the Sydney University and the Centenary Institute

Beyond their role as membrane components and as an energy store, lipids and lipid-derived signalling molecules are major regulators of cell biology and physiology. Many of the most successful pharmaceuticals target lipid signalling molecules (an obvious example being the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Rapid technological and methodological advances are now giving us access to the full lipidome and empowering new studies into disease biomarkers and the role of individual lipids in cell biology and physiology.

The 4th Australian Lipids Meeting aims to bring together lipid researchers from different fields to discuss their work,  current technology, and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration.

View and download the full Meeting Program here
Plenary Speakers
Accommodation and Transport
Further Information
Australian Lipid Meeting Organising Committee

Program overview and Key Dates


ALM4 will run from Wednesday 28th (afternoon only) to Friday 30th (morning only) November. The program is fully catered including a welcome reception and conference dinner.

Topics include the role of lipids in: cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, clinical applications, plants and microbes, neurological diseases, lipidomics, lipid imaging, and technical advances.

Key Dates

Oral abstracts 10th September
Early bird registration 28th September
Poster abstracts 31st October
Meeting 28th-30th November
View and download the full Meeting Program Here

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Plenary speakers

Professor Valerie O’Donnell, Cardiff University, UK

The generation and action of enzymatically-oxidised phospholipids (eoxPL) in vascular inflammation.

Short Biography


Professor Kent Chapman, Director, Biodiscovery Institute, and Professor, University of North Texas, Texas, USA.

Lipidomics from a spatial perspective: What can lipid location tell us about triacylglycerol metabolism in oilseeds?

Short Biography


Professor Judith Storch, Distinguished Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

Cholesterol trafficking by NPC proteins


Short Biography




Professor David Silver, Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

Brain Lipid Transport


Short Biography


Professor Leanne Hodson, Associate Professor, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK.

The ins and outs of liver metabolism: lessons learnt from human in vivo, ex situ and in vitro models

Short Biography


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National Invited Speakers
Professor Markus Leweke, University of Sydney

Lipid metabolites in psychiatric disorders.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Barkla, Southern Cross University

Single cell-type studies in modified trichomes of a halophyte plant reveals salinity-induced lipid remodelling.

Professor H Rob Yang, University of NSW

The role of oxysterol binding proteins in cellular lipid trafficking.

Professor Gavin Reid, University of Melbourne

Cutting the Fat: Photodissociation Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Structural Characterization of the ‘Hidden’ Lipidome.

Associate Professor Thomas Grewal, University of Sydney

Annexin A6 depletion rescues cholesterol egress in NPC1 mutant cells via formation of endosome-ER membrane contact site.

Associate Professor Scott Kim, University of Sydney

Lipids, lipoproteins and lipidomics – what they tell us about frontotemporal dementia.

Professor Andrew Brown, University of NSW

Understanding the Cellular Cholesterol Economy in an Oncogenic Context.

Associate Professor Todd Mitchell, University of Wollongong

Alterations to cholesterol and sphingolipid metabolism in Huntington’s Disease.

Dr Clinton Bruce, Deakin University, Melbourne

The role of mitochondrial derived phosphatidylethanolamine in skeletal muscle biology.

Dr Andrew Hoy, University of Sydney

Cholesteryl ester metabolism and prostate cancer progression.

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Registrations open

Registration Fees for registrations after Friday, 28th September.

Student Registration – $220.00 inclusive of GST

General Registration – $300.00 inclusive of GST

Please note: The registration fee includes the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 28th and Conference Dinner on Thursday 29th November
Register here:

Prizes of $500.00 will be awarded for;

  • Best Oral Presentation
  • Best Early Career Researcher Poster
  • Best Student Poster

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Abstracts open 16th July.

Oral Abstract submissions close Monday, 10th September. Authors will be notified as to whether they will present a talk or poster in October.

Poster Abstract submissions close Wednesday, 31st October.
Travel Awards
Six travel awards of $400 each are available for students and early career researchers (no more than 6 years post-PhD) to attend the meeting. People from outside of Sydney travelling to attend the conference are eligible for these awards.

To apply for one of these awards:
(1) Submit by abstract before the deadline for oral abstract submission on Sept 10th.
(2) Email a letter of application, no more than 300 words, to David Harman: D.Harman@westernsydney.edu.au. This letter is due no later than Saturday, Sept 15th.

Please register for the Meeting first in the Registration section above and then submit your abstract here.

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Special issue of Metabolites

Authors will have the option to prepare full research papers, arising from complete bodies of work presented at the meeting, for publication in a special issue of Metabolites. The publication fee will be waived for the first six papers accepted for publication in the special issue.


The 4th Australian Lipid Meeting acknowledges and thanks the following sponsors for their support.

Our Platinum Sponsor

Our Gold SponsorS



Our Silver SponsorS


other partners


Media partner


World Congress on Oils & Fats 2020 - Centenary Institute


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Venue details

Veterinary Science Conference Centre, Sydney University

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Visit the official official tourism, destinations and events website to find out all about Sydney.

The Meeting venue is located close to a range of accommodation and transportation options.


From Sydney Airport the most efficient way to travel is either to take a taxi directly to Sydney University or your hotel, or take the airport train to the city (Opal Cards can be purchased at the airport station). A taxi from Sydney Airport to Sydney University will cost approximately $30-$35 (please note this is approximate) and takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

There are three train stations within a 3 km walk of the meeting venue (Central, Redfern, and Newtown). Redfern station is approximately 20 minutes walk from the venue. Buses depart central station to bus stops just outside the meeting venue on Paramatta Road.

The meeting venue is close to a major arterial road – Paramatta Road, which has a number of closely located bus stops from most directions. Below are a few of the close stop numbers.


The below transport infrastructure maps may assist in planning your travel.

Multiple transport guide (includes bus and train information)

Sydney trains network guide

Sydney intercity train network guide


There are a number of accomodation facilities within a close proximity to the Meeting venue. As the venue is located close to the Darling Harbour precinct and the CBD of Sydney additional accomodation options are available in these two locations. The list of accomodation facilities below are provided due to there proximity to the Meeting venue, they are not recommendations by the Committee and we suggest reviewing all accommodation listed below to ensure your own personal circumstances and requirements are met.

The organisers have arranged for 10 rooms with Sancta Sophia college on the University of Sydney campus. These rooms are for research students attending the conference. The charge will be $95 for a single room with bathroom including breakfast. Contact Shanelle Kennedy (02) 9577 2100 to arrange a booking.

Veriu, Camperdown

Rydges, Camperdown

Quality Suites, Camperdown

Quality Apartments, Camperdown

Ryals Hotel, Broadway

Veriu, Broadway

Adina, Chippendale

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Further Information

General enquiries – Associate Professor Anthony Don on email anthony.don@sydney.edu.au

Sponsorship enquiries – Dr Thusitha Rupasinghe on email tru@unimelb.edu.au

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Australian Lipid Meeting Organising Committee
Associate Professor Anthony Don (Chair)

Dr Thusitha Rupasinghe Dr Simon Brown
Professor Gavin Reid Dr Clinton Bruce
Professor Peter Meikle Dr Ben Crossett
Associate Professor Todd Mitchell Dr Andrew Hoy
Professor Andrew Brown Professor Ute Roessner
Ms Claudia Kielkopf – student representative Dr David Harman

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