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Stem Cells (G4)

Organizer(s) Catherine M. Verfaillie and Austin G. Smith
March 27—April 1, 2006
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, British Columbia Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 28, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 19, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 28, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2006

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Elucidation of self-renewal and commitment pathways that determine stem cell fate are of great interest, both for fundamental biology and for clinical applications in regenerative medicine and cancer therapy. Many efforts are underway to determine cell intrinsic and microenvironmental signals that govern self-renewal and differentiation, and to identify genetic perturbations in these pathways that may result in tumourigenesis. By 2006, progress in unraveling cellular and molecular mechanisms can be expected to begin informing new strategies for clinical intervention. This conference will bring together stem cell biologists in the areas of self-renewal and tissue diversification, the stem cell niche, cancer stem cells and cell therapy, to discuss the biological and clinical significance of normal and malignant stem cell function.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 28, 2005 (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

Application Process

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