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The Biology of RNA Silencing (D6)

Organizer(s) Witold Filipowicz and Erik Sontheimer
April 25—30, 2009
Fairmont Empress Victoria / Victoria Conference Centre • Victoria, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 29, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 28, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 29, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 25, 2009

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
During the past decade, a set of pathways collectively known as “RNA silencing” has been shown to use small RNA molecules to regulate gene expression and protect cells from pathogens. RNA silencing pathways control an ever-expanding range of biological phenomena, and defects in these pathways lead directly to disease. In addition, small RNAs hold great promise as therapeutic agents. The physiological mechanisms of RNA silencing are only partially understood. Furthermore, small RNAs are known to affect gene expression at many different levels, but the ways in which these different levels of silencing are integrated remain obscure. Our ability to harness RNA silencing for therapeutic purposes depends critically on our knowledge of the underlying biology. The goals of this meeting are to bring together leading researchers working on different branches of RNA silencing to share their findings and facilitate a deeper understanding of the breadth and complexity of small RNA-related phenomena.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 29, 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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A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

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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