Liver Research Center Call for Abstracts 2024

Register Today and Call for Abstracts! Inaugural UCLA Comprehensive Liver Research Center Symposium

Friday, October 11
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
David Geffen Hall at UCLA, 885 Tiverton Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(Lectures in Iris Cantor Auditorium 130; Posters, Reception, and Networking in B36)
Posters are available for viewing throughout the symposium

The symposium is not open to the public. Registration is free, but required. In-person only.


Contact Drew Manikad at [email protected] with any questions.

The Inaugural UCLA Comprehensive Liver Research Center Symposium is an annual, full-day event to foster collaborations, learn from scientific experts who conduct liver- and metabolism-related research from around the world, highlight current collaborations and research at UCLA, and promote the work of our junior researchers. The symposium includes presentations from a keynote speaker, invited speakers from local, regional, and international institutions, and junior investigators. Liver-related research from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior investigators are featured at our poster session.

Abstract Preparation Instructions

  1. Students  (DGSOM, MSTP, any graduate program), post-doctoral fellows, and junior investigators (clinical instructors, assistant professors), who conduct basic, translational, clinical, and health services research, are invited to submit an abstract for poster presentation at the Inaugural UCLA Comprehensive Liver Research Center Symposium.  Non-UCLA-affiliated trainees and junior faculty are also eligible to participate. The abstract may be previously published and if selected for the poster session at the symposium, you will be asked to present your abstract as a poster and enter the poster competition.
  2. Topics of interest include and are not limited to the following:
    1. Genetic and epigenetic factors contributing to metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD)
    2. Mechanisms that impact energy storage in the liver
    3. Organelle biology and its impact on hepatic lipid metabolism
    4. Hepatocellular carcinoma in the setting of MASLD
    5. Non-invasive diagnostic techniques for MASLD
    6. Therapeutic interventions for MASLD management
    7. Clinical outcomes in steatotic liver disease
    8. Health disparities in liver disease
    9. Epidemiology and public health impact of MASLD
    10. Healthcare delivery for populations with steatotic liver disease
  3. Submit abstracts on the website (enter website here) in the provided form
  4. Character limit is 2,900 including spaces
  5. Include abstract title, names of all authors and the institutional affiliations for all authors (not counted toward character limit) 
  6. You may include 1 figure or table Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the title of the abstract.

Dates and Requirements

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, August 23, 5:00 pm PST
  • Notification of selected abstracts for poster presentation: By Wednesday, September 11
  • Poster session and competition: Friday, October 11, 3:45-4:45 pm PST
  • You must be present to discuss your poster during the poster session.
  • All posters need to be posted by 9:00 am in the Learning Studio (Room B36) for viewing throughout the day.


  • The top three posters will be awarded a $500 travel reimbursement to be used within one year of the symposium
  • UCLA, non-UCLA, and non-UC submissions are eligible


Claudio Villanueva and Carrie Wong

The Enrichment Program will support the recruitment, mentoring and career development of trainees and early-career investigator interested in MASLD-spectrum research, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. By exposing early-career investigators to a variety of educational programs, training programs, workshops and resources, the Enrichment Program will not only support the professional growth of the next generation of liver researchers, but also increase their awareness of MASLD and its impact on the health of the diverse population of Los Angeles County. By meeting these objectives, the program will support the 'Total MASLD' theme of the center.

  • Enrichment Program Directors: Claudio Villanueva, PhD, UCLA; Carrie R. Wong, MD, PhD, UCLA

For more information, contact: [email protected] and [email protected]