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This meeting took place in 2008

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Islet and Beta Cell Development and Transplantation (Z4)

Organizer(s) Chris Wright, Helena Edlund, David M. Harlan and Ray MacDonald
April 6—11, 2008
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 6, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 9, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 6, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 6, 2008

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
This meeting presents an integrated program on pancreatic islet developmental biology, islet transplantation, and immunity. It is designed to interdigitate with and to augment the companion parallel conference “Islet and Beta-Cell Biology”. The meeting will encompass pioneering science in several disciplines, including development, regeneration, stem cells, transcription factors, transplantation, cell biology, gene regulation, immunity, and diabetes. Islet transplantation as an emergent therapy for diabetes is severely hampered by an insufficient islet supply, gradually decreasing islet function post-transplantation, and by toxic immuno-suppression. Understanding the rules that guide pancreas development in vivo will promote methods to generate new islets from adult or embryonic stem cells, and yet our knowledge remains inadequate as it pertains to the mechanisms controlling normal islet development and function, or of the maintenance of the islet cell differentiated state, survival, and physiological function after transplantation. Similarly, the means elude us to safely, effectively, and reliably prevent recurrent immune attack on the transplanted islets. The meeting program focuses on these challenges by covering the most recent progress in these rapidly moving fields and discussing strategies to overcome major obstacles. The meeting builds upon the extremely strong foundation laid by the 2006 Keystone meeting on “Pancreatic Islets”, which very effectively brought together the fields of islet transplantation and basic pancreatic development. A most important aspect of the meeting will be the instructions given to the speakers to identify specific caveats and problems with the current state of research, to define short and long term goals for the field and, moreover, to orient their presentation in a manner that maximizes accessibility to attendees from the other research areas.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 6, 2007 (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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