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This meeting took place in 2007

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Molecular Pathways in Cardiac Development and Disease (J3)

Organizer(s) Kenneth R. Chien, Eric N. Olson and Ketty Schwartz
January 22—27, 2007
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 22, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 25, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 22, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 22, 2006

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Over the past several years, it has become increasingly clear that converging biological pathways drive embryonic cardiovascular development and adult forms of human disease. The induction of embryonic gene programs has uncovered new molecular signals for cardiac disease and potential new therapeutic targets. Developmental defects in vasculogenesis and cardiovascular lineage specification have now been linked to cardiovascular diseases that present at the adult stage. Studies of cardiovascular stem cells underscore the value of insights derived from genetic pathways guiding formation of the distinct heart lineages to identify rare post-natal heart cells and the pathways that drive their formation, renewal, maturation and triggered differentiation into diverse cardiovascular cell lineages. In short, the barriers between development and disease in the cardiovascular setting are now largely erased. This meeting will highlight cutting edge work from a wide variety of investigators with expertise in diverse fields, ranging from pediatric to adult cardiology, developmental biology and physiology, and work in multiple model systems. The topics have been chosen to feature new approaches to mine disease genes, pathways, and therapeutic strategies by rigorous study of the developmental biology of the cardiovascular system.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 22, 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.


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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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