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Adipose Tissue Biology (J3)

Organizer(s) Sheila Collins, Karsten Kristiansen and Silvia Corvera
January 24—29, 2010
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 23, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 23, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 23, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 24, 2009

Supported by The Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The study of adipose tissue has evolved over the years from merely being a passing note in most physiology texts to now playing center stage in the etiology of most metabolic diseases. This shift was assisted by early studies exploring the molecular signals and gene expression changes that dictate the differentiated state of a cell, for which the adipocyte was a model. Such studies led to the discovery of PPARgamma as one of those key regulators of adipogenesis, and later the realization that it was the pharmacologic target of the glitazone class of anti-diabetic agents. Further seminal studies from The Jackson Laboratories on mouse genetics of obesity paved the way for the discovery of adipocyte-derived regulatory hormones (“adipokines”) such as leptin and its receptor. These in turn ushered in the current state of vigorous investigation dissecting the molecular pathways of satiety and other aspects of signaling cross-talk between adipose tissue and other organs. The updated view of adipose tissue as a bona fide endocrine organ has been further extended to include it as a potential reservoir of stem cells for tissue engineering and an integral player in inflammatory status and insulin resistance. This meeting will cover these and other topics of the adipose biology field, including the role of angiogenesis in adipose tissue expansion; the white fat-brown fat debate; the contribution of the circadian clock to the hormonal and neural signals that coordinate food intake and activity for metabolic balance; and the connections between central and peripheral signals involved in the unanticipated lipodystrophic disorders resulting from such therapeutic regimens as antipsychotics and anti-retrovirals. A series of hot-topic sessions and short talks from submitted abstracts are also planned.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 23, 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

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