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This meeting took place in 2009

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Stem Cell Niche Interactions (D5)

Organizer(s) Markus Grompe and Margaret A. Goodell
April 21—26, 2009
Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 22, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 26, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 22, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 23, 2009

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent precursors able to differentiate into the many cell types of the body. Adult or tissue stem cells are undifferentiated but lineage specific precursor cells able to proliferate long term while producing daughters that maintain the undifferentiated state (self-renew) and daughters that differentiate into specific cell types. In addition to their intrinsic interest for developmental biology, both kinds of stem cells have great promise for tissue renewal and regenerative medicine. Much has been learned in the past year about the mechanisms that maintain and induce stem cell pluripotency, the mechanisms that control differentiation, and the molecular regulation of stemness and self-renewal. Interactions between stem cells and their niches regulate self-renewal versus differentiation of adult stem cells and key signals from surrounding cells may organize fate decisions in space and time to pattern early embryonic development and differentiation of specific cell types. Understanding of the fundamental biology of embryonic and adult stem cells is being translated into development of “artificial niches” and conditions for controlling cell proliferation and differentiation. This meeting will bring together stem cell scientists from diverse model systems and backgrounds. All career levels will be represented. Current opportunities and challenges in the field will be highlighted in an atmosphere of informal exchange, facilitating new ideas and collaborations towards meeting the next great challenges in the field.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 22, 2008 (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.


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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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