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This meeting took place in 2004

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Rational Design of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics (A2)

Organizer(s) Margaret A. Liu and Peter C. Doherty
January 6—11, 2004
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 15, 2003
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 6, 2003

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Summary of Meeting:
The past 2 decades have seen incredible advances in the fields of immunology and molecular biology. Simultaneously, remarkable novel technologies have provided new discovery tools for understanding pathogens and pathophysiology as well as for designing new delivery systems for vaccines and pharmacologic agents. Taken all together, these insights and developments have radically transformed the options for infectious and autoimmune diseases, cancer, and allergy by enabling new targets, new delivery systems, and new types of biologicals. These new agents have the potential to be both more specifically targeted and more precise mechanistically for increased potency and to avoid adverse effects. But to date, and for a variety of reasons, there has been less synergy of all these advances than needed to yield optimal progress towards real breakthrough vaccines and immunotherapies. There is a need for a non-commercial forum that will bring together scientists from the variety of disciplines, from industry as well as academia, and from the different stages of research and development. This meeting will enable scientists from different disciplines and technological backgrounds focusing on various immunological and developmental aspects of vaccines and immunotherapeutics to advance their knowledge in these inter-related areas outside of their own specialties and will provide the opportunity for cross-fertilization and interdisciplinary collaborations. A Keystone Symposium provides an ideal environment for a comprehensive and interactive meeting. The talks are designed to cover critical recent insights that are broadly applicable, while the workshops will enable in-depth coverage of specific topics. Because new technologies and discoveries can be presented in a workshop format, this will enable maximum opportunities for catalysis in order to most rapidly benefit from these diverse insights and developments to develop new ways to harness or control the immune response to prevent or treat the variety of diseases for which the immune system plays a pathological or beneficial role.

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Scholarship / Award Information

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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.

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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