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This meeting took place in 2007

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Molecular and Cellular Determinants of HIV Pathogenesis (X8)

Organizer(s) Michael H. Malim, Julie M. Overbaugh and Robert W. Doms
March 25—30, 2007
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 27, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 27, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 27, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 25, 2007

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Recent research has highlighted the dynamic nature of the ongoing conflict between HIV and its infected host; if left untreated, this is a battle that is almost always won by the virus. Much progress has been made in understanding critical host-pathogen interactions at the molecular and cellular levels. For instance, viral and cellular determinants of transmission have been defined, new mechanisms of innate anti-HIV resistance discovered, key differences between pathogenic and non-pathogenic HIV/SIV infections identified, immunopathogenic consequences of HIV infection elucidated and three-dimensional structures of critical cellular and viral proteins (and RNAs) deduced. Major future challenges for HIV/AIDS researchers include not only incorporating this information into models of HIV pathogenesis, but also defining logical new therapeutic targets and providing rational perspectives to vaccine design. By bringing together international leaders in research, new and exciting findings in these areas will be discussed, emerging concepts debated and new paradigms established. Finally, by including “abstract-driven workshops” in our program, less-senior investigators and trainees will get the opportunity to showcase their talents and contribute to the appeal and success of the meeting.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 27, 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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Global Health Travel Awards are also available

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