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This meeting took place in 2009

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Obesity: Novel Aspects of the Regulation of Body Weight (J4)

Organizer(s) Randy J. Seeley, Mark W. Sleeman and I. Sadaf Farooqi
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

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Obesity remains among the most daunting health problems facing the developed world. Despite the rising prevalence of obesity, the biological systems that serve to match caloric intake to caloric expenditure are robust and make permanent weight loss difficult to achieve. Current research points to a multitude of factors that contribute to this regulation. Identifying the processes that are most amenable for therapeutic intervention is a crucial research goal. To that end, this conference will focus on the latest work identifying novel genes, hormones and signaling cascades that regulate energy balance. The program will also emphasize a wide range of new strategies for using this new information to produce safe and effective therapies to prevent or treat obesity.

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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
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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.


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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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