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This meeting took place in 2007

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Autophagy in Health and Disease (Z3)

Organizer(s) Beth Levine, Daniel J. Klionsky and Noboru Mizushima
April 15—20, 2007
Portola Hotel & Spa • Monterey, California USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 15, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 18, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 15, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 15, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Autophagy is the major pathway that eukaryotic cells use to degrade and recycle cytoplasmic contents during development, tissue homeostasis, and environmental stress. In recent years, there has been an explosion of knowledge about the molecular mechanisms of autophagy and its roles in organelle turnover, cell death regulation, cancer cell biology, innate immunity, aging, and neurodegenerative disorders. This meeting will focus on advances made in these areas, with the goal of understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which autophagy and the deregulation of autophagy contributes to health and disease. In addition, the meeting will focus on how the autophagy pathway can be exploited as a therapeutic target in cancer, infectious diseases, aging and neurodegeneration.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 15, 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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