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Mucosal Biology: A Fine Balance between Tolerance and Immunity (X5)

Organizer(s) Joanne L. Viney, Paul Garside and Bana Jabri
February 26—March 3, 2011
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Vancouver, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 26, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 29, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 26, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 27, 2010

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Experts from the basic science and clinical fields of mucosal biology will be brought together with leaders from other scientific disciplines for a stimulating discussion on the mechanisms regulating the maturation, development and maintenance of mucosal responses in health and disease. Attention will be given to gut, lung, skin, eye and genitourinary tract tissues. The latest information on novel cell types and receptors important for regulating immunity and enhancing mucosal protection will be presented. The influence of infection on driving altered host immunity will be interrogated. Modern approaches to vaccine development and imaging technology will be highlighted. And, the most up to date advances from the physical sciences and engineering will be discussed as we look to the medical needs and developments of the future.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 26, 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

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

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Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships are also available...
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Global Health Travel Awards are also available

NOTE: The deadline for this Global Health Travel Award is September 21, 2010 (NOT October 26, 2010) due to the necessary arrangements and preparations needed to provide these awards.

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