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This meeting took place in 2004

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Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Antimicrobials, Therapeutics and Immune-Modulators (K2)

Organizer(s) Connie Schmaljohn and Michael Buchmeier
January 6—11, 2004
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 15, 2003
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Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 6, 2003

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Summary of Meeting:
The threats of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases have captured the attention of both the scientific and lay communities. Deliberate release of anthrax spores in the U.S. fostered the introduction of homeland security measures worldwide, and led to new efforts to predict the occurrence of and prepare for the appearance of other biothreats. In addition to the use of known pathogens for bioterrorism, there is concern that technological advances in genetic engineering might lead to the creation of novel threat agents for which we are completely unprepared. Not only could such intentionally released pathogens wreak havoc on global health and agricultural systems and economies, so could new naturally occurring disease agents. The recent emergence of SARS and its rapid spread throughout the world is an excellent example of how a novel and unexpected pathogen can quickly overwhelm health care resources. This meeting will address many issues related to preventing and treating diseases caused by exposure to natural or genetically engineered pathogens. Experts in each field will present state-of-the-art research results in plenary talks. Workshops will allow a closer interaction of scientists from many disciplines, who share common goals of understanding and combating biothreats. The Keystone Symposium format offers ample time for discussion and small group meetings and is an ideal means for investigators to gain up to date information on this important topic.

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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.


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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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