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This meeting took place in 2008

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Molecular Control of Adipogenesis and Obesity (X3)

Organizer(s) Ormond A. MacDougald and Evan D. Rosen
February 19—24, 2008
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 22, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 22, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 19, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The worldwide epidemic in obesity has brought with it dramatic increases in the prevalence of co-morbid, chronic conditions including insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. To further our understanding of the molecular control of adipogenesis and obesity, this meeting will focus on several rapidly developing and important areas. These include novel transcriptional regulators of adipogenesis, the adipocyte lipid droplet as an organelle, mechanisms of insulin-resistance, relationships between white adipocytes and alternative mesenchymal cell fates, and genetic contributions to energy balance in humans and model organisms. Cutting edge research in these areas will improve our understanding of mechanisms by which precursor cells develop into adipocytes, and how excess adipose tissue leads to diseases such as diabetes. Our goal is to attract researchers from around the world to participate in an interactive meeting on these physiological and pathological aspects of adipose tissue biology.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 22, 2007 (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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