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This meeting took place in 2003

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Toward Understanding Islet Biology (J1)

Organizer(s) Lydia Aguilar-Bryan and Markus Stoffel
January 21—26, 2003
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 23, 2002
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Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 21, 2002

Sponsored by Pfizer Global Research and Development

Summary of Meeting:
The pancreatic islet supplies insulin in response to increased blood glucose and is a key player in glucose homeostasis. Immunologic destruction of islets is causative of type I diabetes, while insulin resistance and islet dysfunction are generally ascribed to be the main defects in common type II diabetes. This is the first Keystone symposium focused on islet biology and is designed to highlight and integrate the scientific progress occurring in multiple areas relevant to islet biology, including Beta Cell Differentiation, Growth, Regeneration and Death; Gene Expression in Islets and Transcription Factors; Insulin synthesis, conversion, trafficking and granule biogenesis; Stimulus-Secretion Coupling and Genetics, Autoantigens and Transplantation for type 1 diabetes. The meeting will bring together clinicians and basic researchers from disciplines that traditionally have not had an opportunity to interact with the goal of promoting a cross-fertilization of ideas relevant to islet cell biology. The ultimate objective is to promote bench-to-bedside translation of research to advance management of diabetes.

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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.

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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
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    • 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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