Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2004

For a complete list of the meetings for the upcoming/current season, see our meeting list, or search for a meeting.

Immune Evasion (X6)

Organizer(s) Giorgio Trinchieri and Anne O'Garra
March 25—30, 2004
Taos Convention Center (meeting only) • Taos, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 24, 2003
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 26, 2004

Sponsored by DNAX Research, Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
Infectious pathogens and tumors use many mechanisms to evade an immune response and survive in the organisms. Some of the same mechanisms are of relevance for the regulation of tolerance to self-antigens or its breakdown in autoimmunity. Their modulation may also results in successful graft take or rejection in organ transplantation. In the recent years there has been great progress in the understanding of many of these mechanisms that are very diverse but all result in the escape of the pathogen or tumor from an effective immune response with deleterious effect. Infectious disease immunity has been teaching us much about the mechanisms of immune evasion and what we have learned from these studies has greatly contributed to the understanding of cancer immune evasion and of the immunological mechanisms regulating autoimmunity and graft rejection. Because this meeting is planned to be concurrent with a meeting on Microbial Latency, the presentations on immunity to infections are limited to those fields (e.g. immunodeviation or oncogenic viruses) that provided important information for the understanding of the mechanisms of immune evasion. We have attempted to cover many aspects of immune evasion in cancer as well as to provide examples of the importance of similar mechanisms in autoimmunity, transplantation, and pregnancy. The two concurrent meetings (latency and evasion) should, thus, be very complementary.

View Meeting Program


Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: (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

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

Click here to start a scholarship application.

  See the Scholarship FAQ's

Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships are also available...
Please Click Here for more information about Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship.

  See the Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship FAQ's

If you have any questions, please contact