Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2009

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Mobilizing Cellular Immunity for Cancer Therapy (A3)

Organizer(s) Philip D. Greenberg, James P. Allison and Cornelia L. Trimble
January 11—16, 2009
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 16, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 14, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 16, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 11, 2008

Sponsored by Pfizer Global Research & Development

Summary of Meeting:
Studies demonstrating the role of the immune system in the development and/or prevention of cancer, and elucidating the obstacles limiting an effective immune response to progressing tumors, have suggested strategies for manipulating the immune system to promote eradication of established tumors. This meeting will bring together investigators probing innate and adaptive immune systems, as well as regulatory pathways, to provide a context for developing effective tumor immunotherapies. The major objectives will be as follows: (1) explore the dual roles that components of the immune system can play early in developing malignancies, leading to protection or tumor promotion; (2) examine the mechanisms by which immune responses can be subverted by the malignant process; (3) describe the rationale for and potential benefit of immunotherapeutic strategies currently being explored for modulating adaptive immunity to achieve therapeutic anti-tumor responses; and (4) discuss the rationale for concurrently employing multiple immunosupportive modalities to enhance immunotherapeutic strategies.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 16, 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

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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