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Omics Meets Cell Biology (B2)

Organizer(s) Ruedi H. Aebersold and Tony Pawson
January 25—30, 2009
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 25, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 28, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 25, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 25, 2008

Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Summary of Meeting:
Apart from deciphering the genomic sequences of hundreds of species, the (human) genome project has catalyzed a wave of technological innovation that is unprecedented in the life sciences. Among its most important products are a number of assays or technologies for the quantitative, global and high throughput analysis of the genome, the molecules derived from the genome and their interactions. These technologies are colloquially described as “OMICS” technologies. The data sets generated by OMICS technologies represent a unique resource for biologists. They have also raised a number of challenging technical and conceptual issues, the solutions to which will ultimately determine the impact of OMICS technologies on biology. These include the error models, completeness and reproducibility of large scale data sets, the question whether and how different data types obtained from the same systems can be integrated and, most importantly, whether validated new biological knowledge has been or will be created either from OMICS data alone or by strategies that combine OMICS and traditional approaches. This conference will bring together the leading experts representing OMICS technologies and leading cell biologists to discuss these issues.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 25, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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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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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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