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Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination (S1)

Organizer(s) Bali Pulendran, Rino Rappuoli and Bruce A. Beutler
October 27—November 1, 2010
Sheraton Seattle Hotel • Seattle, WA USA
Abstract Deadline: Jun 28, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Jul 30, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 28, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Aug 27, 2010

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

Summary of Meeting:
Vaccines have been described as one of the most cost effective public health tools in history. Despite their success, most vaccines have been made empirically, and we understand little about the mechanisms by which they stimulate protective immunity. Indeed, immunologists and vaccinologists have until recently, occupied parallel universes! Understanding the immunology of vaccines and infections is of paramount importance in the rational design of future vaccines against pandemics such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, and against emerging infections such as swine influenza and dengue. Recent advances in immunology, human genetics, and systems biology are beginning to offer a deeper understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host immunity, and the pivotal role played by the innate immune system in shaping the adaptive immune response. Such insights are enhancing our understanding of the correlates of protective immunities, of the early innate immune signatures of vaccine efficacy, and guiding the rational design of novel and safer vaccines and adjuvants. Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists in immunology, virology, systems biology and vaccinology, to address critical advances in these fields and their implications for vaccinology. • The importance of the innate immune system in sensing vaccines and shaping the vaccine immunity • Modulating immune memory to vaccines with innate immunity • Novel approaches to understanding host-pathogen interactions • Deconstructing the mode of action of successful vaccines, vectors adjuvants with innate immunity • Constructing new vaccines and adjuvants with innate immunity • Application of systems biology to predicting vaccine efficacy, and discovering novel immune mechanisms of protection

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: June 28, 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 June 1, 2010 (NOT June 28, 2010) due to the necessary arrangements and preparations needed to provide these awards.

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