Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2009

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Targeted Cancer Therapies (X8)

Organizer(s) Barbara L. Weber and Gregory L. Verdine
March 27—April 1, 2009
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 1, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 29, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 1, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2009

Sponsored by Amgen Inc. and Genentech BioOncology

Joint Meeting: Antibodies as Drugs (X7)

Summary of Meeting:
Recent advances in targeted therapy have unequivocally demonstrated the activity of these compounds in cancer patients. Following on the clinical successes of imitanib and trastuzumab, pharmaceutical companies have filled their oncology pipelines with small molecule kinase inhibitors. Work on identifying the most active agents for specific tumor types and increasing efficacy with combination targeted therapy has become the primary focus of translational oncology research. However, this field is in its infancy, with much to be learned about which molecules to target, how to go beyond kinase inhibitors, how to optimize dose and scheduling of these new classes of drugs and how to tailor therapy to the genetic architecture of individual tumors. This conference will bring together experts in the key disciplines of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, medicinal chemistry, imaging and clinical oncology to identify critical problems that may best be addressed using a multidisciplinary approach and foster those collaborations.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2008 (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

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

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