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This meeting took place in 2007

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Molecular Targets for Cancer (X3)

Organizer(s) William G. Kaelin Jr. and Sara A. Courtneidge
March 18—23, 2007
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 19, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 20, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 18, 2007

Part of the Translational Medicine Series, Sponsored by Pfizer Global Research & Development

Summary of Meeting:
The molecular circuits that are altered in cancers and responsible for malignant transformation are coming into better focus. In some cases cancer cells become ‘addicted’ to these abnormal circuits (networks). Discoveries related to cancer-relevant mutations, and the dependencies they create, will likely accelerate due to cancer resequencing efforts and phenotypic screens with genome-wide si/shRNA libraries. The success of imatinib for both chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumor and of gefitinib for lung cancers driven by mutant EGFR confirms that drugs targeting oncoproteins can induce tumor regressions with acceptable toxicity. Because of this, a number of agents that inhibit receptor tyrosine kinases, as well as downstream signaling molecules such as those in the Ras-Raf pathway and PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway, are now being developed. The validity of preclinical models, and the need for robust pharmacodynamic assays, remains a challenge. This meeting will bring together experts and trainees to discuss these challenges in the context of present and future cancer drug targets.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 20, 2006 (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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