Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2008

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Stem Cells, Cancer and Aging (S3)

Organizer(s) Sir David P. Lane, Hans C. Clevers, Arnold J. Levine and Xin Lu
September 29—October 4, 2008
Swissotel The Stamford • Singapore, Singapore
Abstract Deadline: May 29, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Jun 30, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 12, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Jul 29, 2008

In collaboration with Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and held in conjunction with the International Society of Differentiation. Sponsored by Lilly Singapore Centre for Drug Discovery.

Summary of Meeting:
Recent studies on the effect of polymorphisms in human tumor suppressor pathways on cancer incidence and longevity have confirmed long held views of the link between the key processes that control human aging and cancer incidence. One interpretation of these findings is that the stem cell is the key target for carcinogenesis. Further, the thresholds that regulate stem cell death in response to damage make the bargain between too-resilient stem cells, which result in long life but increased cancer risk, and too-sensitive stem cells, which ablate the occurrence of cancer but can shorten life span through stem cell exhaustion. Dramatic progress in the understanding of signaling pathways and points of intervention which will be debated in this meeting offers the enticing prospect of regulating these pathways to extend healthy lifespan and reduce cancer incidence in the human population.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: June 12, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
NOTE: Please use the button above to Apply for a Scholarship


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

Application Process

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