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This meeting took place in 2006

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Viral Immunity: From Basic Mechanisms to Vaccines (X7)

Organizer(s) Marcia A. Blackman, Peter C. Doherty and Ralph A. Tripp
March 28—April 2, 2006
Sheraton Steamboat Resort • Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 30, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 21, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 30, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2006

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Most human viruses lack an effective vaccine, and the problems posed by emerging viruses and the use of exotic viruses in acts of terrorism are extremely complex. Recent advances in basic and applied research have provided an unparalleled opportunity to understand the interplay between the virus and the immune system. This meeting will bring together basic and applied viral immunologists from academia, government, and industry to foster collaborative efforts to take advantage of recent progress in understanding basic mechanisms in the generation and long-term maintenance of anti-viral immunity for the development of effective anti-viral strategies. Experts in the field will present plenary talks on the latest breakthroughs in key areas of viral immunology, including molecules and immune cells involved in the initiation of immunity, cellular and humoral effector mechanisms, and mechanisms involved in establishing and maintaining protective memory responses. Workshops will provide a more interactive format for discussion of cutting-edge results. The overall emphasis of the meeting is to discuss how to exploit advances made in fundamental concepts to make vaccines. The goal of the meeting is to accelerate vaccine development for existing viruses, and to facilitate a rapid response to the threat of emerging viruses and bioterrorism.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 30, 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

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