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Epigenetic Basis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (X2)

Organizer(s) Xinyu Zhao and Peng Jin
March 6—10, 2009
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 6, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 4, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 6, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 6, 2009

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Neurodevelopmental disorders are highly heterogeneous constellations of disorders, both in terms of etiology and clinical manifestations. Past effort has focused on identifying the genetic basis of these disorders with minimal success. Epigenetic modulations, mediated by DNA methylation, RNA-associated silencing, and histone modification, can imprint dynamic environmental experiences on the “fixed” genome, resulting in stable alterations in phenotypes. This conference will focus on an emerging area of biomedical research: how epigenetic modulation shapes brain development and disorders. The meeting will examine the common molecular pathways affected in several related neurodevelopmental disorders and discuss how pre- and postnatal exposures to pollutants, alcohol, drug, nutrition, and parental care, etc., may affect neurodevelopment via epigenetic pathways. The overall goal of the meeting is to gain insight into the common molecular pathways affected among these disorders and to discover potential therapeutic targets that have been missed by looking at one disorder at a time.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 6, 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.

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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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