The Havel Lecture
The Havel Lecture was named after Richard J. Havel because he has done more than anyone else to keep make the Conference vibrant. For many years, he organized the meeting, and each year he has energized the scientific discussions.
Richard J. Havel is known to many as "Mr. Lipoprotein, USA." He, more than any other investigator, unraveled the complex metabolism of the plasma lipoproteins beginning with his pioneering work in the Anfinsen lab at the National Heart Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was one of the first Clinical Associates from 1953–1956. His manuscript on the ultracentrifulgal separation of lipoproteins is one of the frequently cited papers in the scientific literature, rivaling Lowry's paper on protein measurement.
Richard Havel has published over 300 manuscripts. Their quality is attested to by his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983; the Institute of Medicine in 1989; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. He has received many other honors including the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the AHA Council on Arteriosclerosis.
The first Havel Lecture was held on March 6, 2002, at the 2002 Deuel Conference on Lipids in Borrego Springs, California.