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This meeting took place in 2008

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Molecular Basis for Biological Membrane Organization (A2)

Organizer(s) Kai Simons, Ira Mellman and Petra Schwille
January 12—17, 2008
Big Sky Resort • Big Sky, MT USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 12, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 15, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 12, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 12, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The organization of cell membranes is a hot topic and the field is characterized by controversies regarding how proteins and lipids interact and how membranes become compartmentalized to form platforms that function in signaling, trafficking and cell polarization. Lipids and membranes are central to understanding the pathogenesis of important diseases such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, AIDS, and influenza. Major questions revolve around how lipids interact with other lipids and, most importantly, how proteins and lipids interact. The goal of this meeting is to bring together scientists from biochemistry, structural biology, lipidomics, molecular cell biology and biomedicine to discuss major issues in the field. The multidisciplinary character of the meeting will promote discussion and the program is designed to stimulate exchange among investigators who would not otherwise interact.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 12, 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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