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This meeting took place in 2007

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Stem Cells and Cancer (X2)

Organizer(s) Irving L. Weissman and Michael F. Clarke
March 2—7, 2007
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 2, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 1, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 2, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 2, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Cancers arise in tissues in which short-lived mature cells are constantly replenished by a rare population of stem cells. It is becoming apparent that tumors are caricatures of the organ in which they arise. The cancer cells in a tumor are arranged in a hierarchy and contain a minority population of cancer stem cells that drive tumor growth while the majority of the cancer cells are unable to do so. Normal stem cells and cancer stem cells maintain themselves through a process called self-renewal. The cancer stem cells are responsible for the growth and spread of tumors. Expansion of normal stem cells is under genetic constraints. Cancer stem cells have escaped these limitations on expansion resulting in expansion of the self-renewing cell populations. The goals of this meeting are to understand and present the most current research into the cellular and molecular biology of cancer stem cells. Topics that will be explored in this meeting are the cancer stem cell niche, the cell of origin of cancer stem cells, the regulation of stem cell self-renewal in normal stem cells and cancer, and cancer stem cells as therapeutic targets.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 2, 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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