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This meeting took place in 2011

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Tuberculosis: Immunology, Cell Biology and Novel Vaccination Strategies (J3)

Organizer(s) Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, Gerhard Walzl and Lalita Ramakrishnan
January 15—20, 2011
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Vancouver, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Sep 20, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 18, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 20, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 15, 2010

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sponsored by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Summary of Meeting:
The global epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB) stems from three main problems: 1) HIV/AIDS (TB is the number one cause of death for HIV-infected individuals); 2) the requirement for long-term multidrug therapy that in turn leads to noncompliance and relapse of transmissible infection; and 3) the only available vaccine BCG affords partial protection against disseminated TB in young children but not against adult pulmonary TB which is the main source of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) transmission. Moreover, the outcomes of exposure to Mtb differ vastly even in seemingly immunocompetent individuals; differences in both innate and adaptive immunity appear to modulate outcomes. This meeting will primarily focus on immune responses underlying pathology of and protection against TB. This will pave the way towards a better understanding of basic mechanisms of host defense and also provide the basis for novel intervention strategies. Notably, it will provide information relevant for the design of novel vaccines and strategies to counteract Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS), which increasingly occurs in HIV/Mtb-infected individuals under antiretroviral therapy. This meeting will take place in parallel with the Keystone Symposia meeting on Mycobacteria: Physiology, Metabolism and Pathogenesis - Back to the Basics, which emphasizes the pathogen. These meetings will share a keynote address and four plenary sessions, including a joint session on “Systems Biology”, an innovative and powerful approach that is just starting to be applied to TB research. Hence, these two Keystone Symposia meetings have a shared interest in TB but, at the same time, emphasize different aspects of this complex disease. We are convinced, therefore, that these meetings will attract all scientists and clinicians from the different areas of TB research and will therefore also facilitate the coming together of a wide variety of researchers: wet-lab researchers interested in molecular biology of the pathogen; immunologists and cell biologists focused on the host response; and clinicians developing novel intervention measures including diagnostics, vaccines and drugs.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 20, 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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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 August 24, 2010 (NOT September 20, 2010) due to the necessary arrangements and preparations needed to provide these awards.

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