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New Directions in Small Molecule Drug Discovery (Z8)

Organizer(s) William J. Greenlee, George Hartman and Anna K. Mapp
April 20—25, 2010
Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 21, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 20, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 20, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 23, 2010

Sponsored by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, L.P. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Summary of Meeting:
The purpose of this meeting is to highlight exciting new opportunities in the discovery of small molecule drug candidates, including the following: • Novel targets for small molecules, including disruption of protein-protein interactions, allosteric modulation of receptors and enzymes, and direct interactions with transcription factors. • Enabling technologies for the discovery of new small molecule leads, including diversity-oriented screening, fragment screening, and affinity screening. • The most successful structure-based design approaches to the optimization of leads. A focus of the conference will be successful applications structure-based design in the discovery of therapeutics for the treatment of HCV infection (protease inhibitors) and cancer (protein kinase inhibitors). A session comprising first-time disclosures of Phase 2 clinical candidates will illustrate successful applications of structure-based design in drug discovery.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 20, 2009 (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

Application Process

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