Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2009

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Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance (J3)

Organizer(s) Kitt F. Petersen and Laurie J. Goodyear
January 20—25, 2009
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Sep 23, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 23, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 23, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 20, 2008

Sponsored by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Summary of Meeting:
The current rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome is believed to be a result of increasingly sedentary lifestyles combined with ready access to energy rich food sources in genetically susceptible individuals leading to insulin resistance. Studies of insulin signaling and its interactions with nutrient and hormonal pathways are central to our understanding of insulin resistance and the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. In recent years several areas have become the main focus of interest: the role of lipid and lipid metabolites in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance in muscle and liver; the role of mitochondrial function and biogenesis in the oxidative capacity of muscle and the relation to insulin resistance and susceptibility to the metabolic syndrome; the mechanisms of inflammation-induced insulin resistance; the role of adipocytes and their production of adipocytokines; as well as the mechanistic integration of b-cell failure and insulin resistance. The conference will bring together leaders in the academic and pharmaceutical communities to present the latest developments in these areas of research.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 23, 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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