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This meeting took place in 2003

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XLD - Computational Biology of Time (F1)

Organizer(s) Terrence Sejnowski and Sydney Brenner
January 31—February 4, 2003
Banff Centre • Banff, Alberta Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 1, 2002
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 2, 2002

Summary of Meeting:
Biological systems oscillate over a wide range of time scales, from the heartbeat to circadian rhythms. In each of these systems, molecular mechanisms are being uncovered that underlie these rhythms and stabilize them, but the number of molecules and the complexity of their interactions are daunting. There is growing interest in applying computational models to these biological systems. This symposium brings together some of the leading computational model builders and key researchers studying the circadian clock, photoperiodism in plants, the cell cycle in yeast, cardiac rhythms, brain rhythms that occur during sleep and firefly synchronization. The mathematical principles that emerge from the models highlight deep similarities that exist between these diverse systems, and allow a broader understanding to emerge for how biological systems organize time in robust and effective ways.

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Scholarship / Award Information


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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