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This meeting took place in 2009

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PI 3-Kinase Signaling in Disease (Z3)

Organizer(s) Peter M. Finan, Jean Zhao and Lewis C. Cantley
April 22—27, 2009
Resort at Squaw Creek • Olympic Valley, CA USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 23, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 26, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 23, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 23, 2009

Sponsored by Amgen Inc. and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Summary of Meeting:
The PI 3-kinase signaling pathway controls multiple physiological processes including cell growth, cell proliferation and cell movement. Dysregulation of this pathway in cancer, inflammation and heart disease has led to the emergence of PI 3-kinase as a promising therapeutic target. One of the most exciting developments in this field is the discovery of new PI 3-kinase inhibitors. The balance between modulating PI 3-kinase activity in pathophysiological setting, whilst avoiding unwanted side-effects, is the subject of intense debate. In addition, as PI 3-kinase is a member of a multigene family, the rationale for inhibiting individual isoforms or multiple isoforms of PI 3-kinase is constantly changing. This meeting aims to bring together scientists and clinicians from academia and industry to discuss the opportunities and liabilities of targeting the PI 3-kinase pathway in disease, drawing on human pathophysiology and genetics, mouse models and preclinical data with new PI 3-kinase inhibitors.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 23, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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