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Telomere Biology and DNA Repair (T1)

Organizer(s) Roger R. Reddel, Michael B. Kastan and Titia de Lange
October 9—14, 2009
RACV Royal Pines Resort • Ashmore, Queensland Australia
Abstract Deadline: Jun 10, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Jul 13, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 10, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Aug 10, 2009

Supported by The Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
There is emerging evidence that telomere dysfunction has ramifications in a wide range of pathologies including cancer, bone marrow failure, pulmonary fibrosis and diseases of aging. Telomeric DNA poses special problems for the DNA repair machinery. The ends of telomeres need to avoid being recognized as DNA breaks and thereby avoid being subjected to DNA repair events that may lead to chromosome end-to-end fusions and result in chromosomal instability. The proteins that bind to telomeres and the higher order telomeric structures that protect the ends from repair events are of particular interest. Another special biological problem is posed by the gradual shortening of telomeres that occurs in somatic cells. Excessively short telomeres may trigger DNA damage checkpoints and be substrates for DNA repair reactions, and the similarities and differences between these processes at telomeres and elsewhere in the genome require examination. The role of DNA repair proteins that are present at normally functioning telomeres, and the possible role of telomere binding proteins elsewhere in the genome is of particular interest. This meeting will explore these and other exciting areas of convergence in the fields of telomere biology and DNA repair.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: June 10, 2009 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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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
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    • 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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