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This meeting took place in 2009

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Immunologic Memory and Host Defense (B6)

Organizer(s) Daniel C. Douek, Robert A. Seder, Stephen P. Schoenberger and Susan M. Kaech
February 8—13, 2009
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 8, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 6, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 8, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 8, 2008

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Immune memory has a critical role in mediating protection against infections as well as potentiating certain allergic and autoimmune diseases. Hence a thorough understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating adaptive immune memory will have important clinical application. In this regard, there has been great progress in understanding how the innate immune response influences adaptive immunity. Furthermore, improved methods to visualize immune responses in vivo, characterize the phenotypic and functional properties of adaptive immune responses and how lymphoid and non-lymphoid compartments influence the maintenance of such responses has substantially improved our understanding in this area. However, major hurdles still relate to difficulties in eliciting sustained T cell responses sufficient to mediate protection in humans with current vaccines. The goal of the meeting will be to focus on basic mechanisms for how T and B cells are programmed to induce and sustain immunity. The program is designed to integrate information from mouse, non-human primate and human studies to encompass all relevant areas related to control of memory T and B cell responses. In summary, this meeting should facilitate translational research that will impact vaccines and interventions for infectious disease, cancer and autoimmune/allergic disease.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 8, 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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