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This meeting took place in 2011

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Evolving Approaches to Early-Stage Drug Discovery (Z2)

Organizer(s) Craig W. Lindsley and Linda Brady
April 3—7, 2011
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 2, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 4, 2011
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 2, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2011

Sponsored by Bayer USA Foundation and Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
This meeting will cover multiple aspects of the challenges and opportunities facing drug discovery scientists. These challenges include: 1) diverse approaches to early stage discovery in a resource constrained environment, 2) evolution of preclinical drug discovery in academia, 3) evolution of drug leads and target validation from the NIH (MLPCN), 4) funding early stage or risky programs, 5) external licensing of programs and 6) advances in biomarkers and imaging to enable target selection and rapid go, no-go decisions. The meeting goals are to bring together experts in all of these areas, present findings and opinions, and initiate dialog on these topics. This will be the first meeting to bring together drug discovery scientists form big Pharma, biotech, academia, the MLPCN and Foundations – each with unique missions and approaches – to provide a forum for sharing their respective experiences.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 2, 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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