Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2007

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Tissue Engineering and Development Biology (D4)

Organizer(s) Gordana V. Vunjak-Novakovic, Randall T. Moon and David Kaplan
April 12—17, 2007
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 12, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 16, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 12, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 12, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Our overall goal is to identify the scientific and technological needs that are common for the fields of developmental biology and tissue engineering and thereby help guide the scientific inquiry in the two fields. We believe that the proposed Keystone conference is essential to start ‘filling the gap’ between fundamental concepts in biology and engineering. It is becoming essential to utilize the knowledge base from developmental biology to guide the design of tissue engineering systems, as well as to utilize engineered tissues as controllable biological models for studies of development, remodeling and disease. In a more general sense, we feel that this is the right time to step back and critically rethink the field of tissue engineering, and to establish more efficient interactions between the biologists and engineers. In composing the scientific program, we attempted to identify those individuals who are not only involved in cutting edge research in developmental biology or engineering, but who also work at least in part at the interface between the two disciplines. Also, we selected one unifying theme for each of the four days, and designed the two sessions (morning and evening) such that each theme is addressed from the standpoints of biology and engineering. In addition, we propose two workshops that will also help integrate the approaches: one focused on what developmental biology can offer to tissue engineering (e.g., sound biological principles), and the other focused on what tissue engineering can offer to developmental biology (e.g., advanced tools for in vitro studies). Lastly, the three of us were inspired to propose this conference after a wonderful experience we had at the recent NIH-sponsored workshop that gathered leading tissue engineers and a few developmental biologists. We felt that this is the time for an interactive and inspiring meeting of “biology and engineering”.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 12, 2006 (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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