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This meeting took place in 2011

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Obesity (J2)

Organizer(s) Steven R. Smith and Jacqueline M. Stephens
January 12—17, 2011
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 17, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 15, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 17, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 12, 2010

Sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Summary of Meeting:
An obesity epidemic is sweeping across the Westernized world. More than ever, there is an acknowledgement that the regulation of body weight regulation is more complicated than ever imagined. The last decade has seen rapid progress in our understanding of how body weight is regulated; multiple organs are involved adding to the complexity. These exciting discoveries are leading us in new directions in therapeutics and helping us to better understand of mechanisms underlying the successes of obesity surgery. The goal of this meeting is to bring to light recent advances in the molecular and cellular aspects of these inter-related systems controlling body weight. It is becoming increasingly clear that there are multiple interlocking and redundant systems controlling energy intake, energy expenditure, substrate selection and ultimately body weight. This meeting will assemble international leaders from each of these thematic areas. The program highlights recent advances in the molecular etiology in the major peripheral organs that orchestrate energy balance: adipose tissue, the brain and the gut. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the gut in the regulation of energy metabolism, how the peripheral tissues signal to the brain, and adipose tissue as an orchestrator of metabolism. A major goal of the meeting is to provide a forum that encourages interactions between basic and translational scientists at all career levels to critically evaluate new developments and current controversies. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be further enhanced by the concurrent meeting on “Diabetes”, which will share two Keynote Speakers and three joint plenary sessions with this meeting. The joint sessions will cover mitochondrial energetics, how adipose tissue causes insulin resistance and the epigenetic control of metabolism concluding with a workshop / panel discussion on mechanisms of insulin resistance in obesity.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 17, 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

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