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This meeting took place in 2011

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Molecular Cardiology: Disease Mechanisms and Experimental Therapeutics (X4)

Organizer(s) Joseph M. Metzger, Leslie A. Leinwand and Jeffery D. Molkentin
February 22—27, 2011
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 21, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 23, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 21, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 22, 2010

Sponsored by Bayer USA Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Human health and wellness are advanced, both nationally and globally, by new mechanistic insights emanating from the field of molecular cardiology and its application to experimental cardiovascular therapeutics. This meeting is designed to attract leading laboratories, investigators, students and trainees in the field to address gaps in fundamental pathways in human heart functionality and how, when they become dysfunctional, they contribute to cardiac disease. The significance and impact of this meeting is further amplified by aligning in joint format with the parallel Keystone Symposia meeting on Mechanisms of Cardiac Growth, Death and Regeneration. Collectively, these meetings will address the fundamental mechanisms that regulate cardiac structure, function, and repair and how they relate to human heart disease. Another unique feature of this joint meeting stems from implementing and highlighting an Early Independent Career Research Competition and a dedicated Graduate Student and Postdoc Research Competition. Specific Objectives feature: 1) insights and controversies in the genetics, epigenetics and the biochemistry and physiology of cardiac cell growth; 2) emerging concepts in cardiac calcium handling and how new mechanistic insights are informing novel experimental therapeutics; and 3) mechanisms of inter- and intra-cellular cardiac communication in health and disease. The concurrent meeting format also aims to accomplish the following: 4) stimulate interactions among stem cell biologists and individuals studying cardiac growth, death and cardiac physiology; and 5) provide trainees with a significant learning experience through several mechanisms in addition to the usual lectures and poster presentations.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 21, 2010 (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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