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Prevention of HIV/AIDS (X3)

Organizer(s) Brigitte Autran and Scott M. Hammer
March 22—27, 2009
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 24, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 22, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 24, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 22, 2009

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Most recent research efforts on the prevention of HIV and AIDS has focused on T cell-based vaccines but it is admitted this approach will not prevent HIV and needs to be strengthened by novel approaches to generate HIV neutralizing antibodies. The recent successes or failures of alternative methods of HIV prevention (e.g., microbicides, circumcision), or of AIDS prevention (therapeutic vaccines) should help better understand how HIV vaccines can be used, and require sharing basic understanding and results with the prophylactic vaccine field. However the recent negative results of a major HIV vaccine trial have substantially disorganized the field. The goals of the meeting are therefore to focus on the most recent key advances in the understanding of (1) how HIV can be controlled at entry and after infection in 3 joint sessions with the concurrent “HIV Immunobiology” meeting, (2) how T cell-based or antibody-based HIV vaccines can be improved, and (3) what are the results of the current vaccine trials and those of alternative methods of HIV or AIDS prevention and how can they help at re-orientating vaccine researches. Two workshops will provide key information on the definition of immune correlates of protection and their analysis in clinical trials.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 24, 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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Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships are also available...
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Global Health Travel Awards are also available

NOTE: The deadline for this Global Health Travel Award is October 14, 2008 (NOT November 24, 2008) due to the necessary arrangements and preparations needed to provide these awards.

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