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This meeting took place in 2009

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Neurodegenerative Diseases: New Molecular Mechanisms (J5)

Organizer(s) Valina L. Dawson and David M. Holtzman
February 17—22, 2009
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 17, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 18, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 17, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 17, 2008

Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Schering-Plough Research Institute

Summary of Meeting:
There have been significant advances in our understanding of the causes and pathologic progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Identification of disease-causing mutations has provided unprecedented opportunities to develop new and predictive models and move closer to new therapeutic treatments. Technological advances in biochemistry, genomics, proteomics and imaging have facilitated the ability to pose and answer complex questions in complex disease, as well as an appreciation that neurodegenerative diseases have distinct cell death signaling cascades that can share some common molecular events. In this meeting an emphasis will be placed on understanding mechanisms that may be common and those that are distinct in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), triple repeat diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and others.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 17, 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.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

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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