Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2009

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The Neurobiology of Pain and Analgesia (C2)

Organizer(s) Clifford J. Woolf, Ardem Patapoutian and Simon Tate
February 22—27, 2009
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel • Santa Fe, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 21, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 21, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 21, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 22, 2008

Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, L.P.

Summary of Meeting:
This symposium will highlight the substantial advances made in our understanding of the neurobiology and pathophysiology of pain and the enormous opportunities these present for identifying and exploiting new targets for therapy. Current therapy is largely empirical and is based on suppressing symptoms. The future offers treatment targeted at the specific neural mechanisms responsible. This requires understanding the mechanisms, being able to identify which mechanism operates in which patient, and having pharmacological tools to act on the molecular targets that drive these mechanisms. Furthermore, we need to identify which patient is at risk of developing pain and develop preventative disease-modifying treatments to abort the establishment of pain. This symposium will address how these goals can be achieved by the combined effort of academics and industry.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 21, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
NOTE: Please use the button above to Apply for a Scholarship


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

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