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This meeting took place in 2015

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Autophagy (E6)

Organizer(s) Eric H. Baehrecke and Jayanta Debnath
June 19—24, 2015
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Feb 17, 2015
Abstract Deadline: Mar 17, 2015
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 17, 2015
Discounted Registration Deadline: Apr 21, 2015

Sponsored by Cell Research, Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Summary of Meeting:
Autophagy is an essential catabolic process that plays important roles in cell stress management and nutrient homeostasis. Following the landmark discoveries of the molecules controlling autophagy in yeast, genetic studies in multicellular organisms have revealed diverse roles for autophagy in development, physiology and in the etiology and pathogenesis of multiple age-associated disorders. Hence, interest in manipulating autophagy to treat human disease has rapidly intensified. The aims of this conference are to: 1) Gather experts together with junior scientists and researchers new to this field in a setting that supports structured and casual interactions; 2) Promote exchange of cutting edge, innovative and unpublished science relevant to the roles of autophagy in healthy, aging and pathologic cell contexts; and 3) Expedite discoveries that advance mechanistic knowledge of autophagy and facilitate clinical opportunities for the treatment and diagnosis of diseases caused by the mis-regulation of this process. This symposium explores the frontiers of autophagy research, with themes that focus on newly discovered molecules, pathways and mechanisms that specify forms of autophagy in development and disease. We propose multiple novel session topics based on recent discoveries in this field. Emphasis will be placed on how our emerging understanding of autophagy may influence disease. Interdisciplinary leaders of the autophagy field will gather together with junior scientists to share discoveries and exchange ideas. The collegial atmosphere of this conference is designed to enable brainstorming and promote collaborations to advance our understanding of the basic mechanisms controlling autophagy, and how altered autophagy may influence disease course and treatment.

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Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Xiaojun Tan
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Shawna Benjamin
University of Virginia, USA

Christopher W. Davies
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Junmarie Soto-Burgos
Iowa State University, USA

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Scholarship Recipients

Vinay Verghese Eapen
Harvard Medical School, USA

The Barrie Hesp Scholarship on behalf of Ashley Rebecca Cukier Scholarship Recipients

Emily S. Bell
McGill University, Canada

Alexandra Boeske
Forschungszentrum J├╝lich, Germany

Shuai Wu
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

The Elkes Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Alyssa Johnson
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Min Zhang
University of California, Berkeley, USA