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This meeting took place in 2008

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Complex Traits: Biologic and Therapeutic Insights (C4)

Organizer(s) Trudy F.C. Mackay, Lon Cardon and David R. Cox
February 29—March 5, 2008
Eldorado Hotel & Spa • Santa Fe, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 30, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 29, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 30, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 31, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Most phenotypic variation in populations, including variation in susceptibility to common human diseases, is attributable to segregating alleles of multiple genes, whose expression is dependent on the environment. Rapidly increasing knowledge about variation in genome sequence and gene expression will facilitate understanding the relationships of genotype to complex phenotypes and the evolutionary mechanisms shaping variation for complex traits, in humans and model organisms. Major questions to be solved regarding the genetic architecture of complex traits include the following: (1) the relative prevalence of common and rare variants; (2) whether causal variation is typically regulatory or structural; (3) how many segregating alleles affect any given trait and their pleiotropic effects on other traits; and (4) the extent to which allelic effects depend on other segregating alleles and the environment. This meeting aims to address these questions by bringing together investigators from population and quantitative genetics, genomics, and with expertise in model systems and humans.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 30, 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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