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This meeting took place in 2009

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Chromatin Dynamics and Higher Order Organization (C4)

Organizer(s) Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu and Patrick D. Varga-Weisz
February 25—March 2, 2009
Coeur d'Alene Resort • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 27, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 25, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 27, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 30, 2008

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Research in the past decade has revealed the intimate link of chromatin structure at the levels of histone modifications and nucleosome remodeling to nuclear functions, especially gene regulation. Yet the molecular mechanisms of higher orders of chromatin organization beyond the nucleosomal array remain largely obscure. Evidence is emerging that chromatin folding and large-scale chromatin interactions, including trans-interactions between chromosomes, play an important role in gene regulation, recombination, and other nuclear processes. Chromatin looping may be a key component of regulatory mechanisms. New roles of non-coding RNAs in regulating chromatin function are also uprising. Furthermore, functional compartments, such as transcription factories, replication factories, and polycomb bodies have been suggested to organize the nucleus. This meeting will focus on recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the mechanisms that govern dynamics of higher-order chromatin architecture in order to gain important insights into gene regulation and disregulation, DNA repair, normal development, stem cell function, epigenetic inheritance and diseases such as cancer.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 27, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
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Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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