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This meeting took place in 2006

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Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Melanoma (A6)

Organizer(s) Patrick Hwu, Elizabeth Grimm and James Mulé
January 18—23, 2006
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel • Santa Fe, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 19, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 11, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 19, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 18, 2005

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Because of its inherent immunogenicity and abundant vascularity, melanoma provides a unique opportunity to develop novel molecular, immunologic and anti-angiogenic therapies that can then be generalized to other diseases. Some consider melanoma the "E.coli" in which to develop new cancer therapies. Three of the most exciting areas in this field involve molecular targeting of specific pathways, cancer vaccines and immunotherapy, and anti-vascular therapies. However, none of these areas alone are likely to have significant impact in the disease, and the use of multiple approaches will be critical. While there are many meetings which focus on a particular treatment approach, this program will bring together a multidisciplinary group that will explore the interactions among these distinct therapeutic strategies. We envision that basic and clinical research in melanoma will lead the way in integrating molecular targeting, immunologic, and anti-vascular therapies and can serve as a model for the treatment of other diseases.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 19, 2005 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
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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

Application Process

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