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This meeting took place in 2008

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Molecular Evolution as a Driving Force in Infectious Diseases (D4)

Organizer(s) Jeffery K. Taubenberger, Edward C. Holmes and Thomas S. Whittam
April 8—13, 2008
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 10, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 14, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 10, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 11, 2008

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

Summary of Meeting:
Infectious diseases have been a key driving force in evolution, both of the hosts and the pathogens. The era of genomics has made it possible to evaluate both infectious agents and their hosts at the genomic level. The evolutionary dynamics of viruses, bacteria and parasites, in their adaptive evolution to changes in host response or adaptation to new hosts is enormously complex. The burden of infectious diseases on people and domestic animals is staggering. We are only now beginning to achieve an understanding of how infectious organisms cause disease and how the complex patterns of immune response generated by their infections mitigate it. By bringing together experts in the evolution of viruses, bacteria and parasites, plus those studying host adaptation and evolution of the immune response, we hope that this meeting will stimulate further interaction between widely disparate lines of investigation.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 10, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
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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.


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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
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    • 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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