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This meeting took place in 2009

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B Cells in Context (C3)

Organizer(s) Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Michael P. Cancro and Mark S. Schlissel
February 24—March 1, 2009
Taos Convention Center (meeting only) • Taos, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 22, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 25, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 22, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 29, 2008

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
B lymphocytes play critical roles in immune responses by producing antibodies that eliminate pathogens, presenting antigens to T cells and secreting regulatory cytokines. B cells develop from hematopoietic precursors through stochastic and directed molecular events that include DNA rearrangements, epigenetic changes, and transcriptional regulation. Further differentiation is controlled by environmental factors that include interactions with hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells, pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, and a broad range of cytokines and chemokines. The B cell receptor repertoire is purged of self-specificity at multiple checkpoints prior to entrance into primary or memory pools. Failures in these processes can lead to autoimmune disease and lymphoid malignancy. These events involve highly choreographed cell-cell interactions and migratory behaviors. The goal of this meeting will be to ask how the various B cell microenvironments regulate the molecular events that determine B cell fate and function, and to explore how manipulation of the microenvironment can impact the immune response, autoimmunity, transformation and vaccine development.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 22, 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

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