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This meeting took place in 2011

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Autophagy (D1)

Organizer(s) Ana Maria Cuervo, David C. Rubinsztein and Thomas P. Neufeld
March 27—April 1, 2011
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 29, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 30, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 29, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2011

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Autophagy is an essential cellular process that mediates continuous recycling of intracellular components and becomes an alternative source of energy when nutrients are scarce. Novel roles of autophagy in embryogenesis, development, cellular defense and cell death have emerged from recent studies, along with growing evidence of associations between autophagic dysfunction and disease. However, a deeper understanding of the molecular effectors and regulators of autophagy is still required if we are to effectively repair, restore or modulate autophagy in whole organisms for therapeutic purposes. This meeting will bring together experts in different areas of cell biology, genetics, cellular pathophysiology and metabolism to foster multidisciplinary discussions intended to advance our knowledge about the different autophagic mechanisms, their regulation and their contribution to normal cell functioning and to disease.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 29, 2010 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
NOTE: Please use the button above to Apply for a Scholarship


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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