Keystone Symposia aims to advance life science discovery through exchange and dialogue among a diverse community
of scientists participating in our high-quality research conferences throughout the world. In this spirit, all
Keystone Symposia events are open to all, and the organization strives for an inclusive and welcoming environment.
We highly value diversity of opinions and experiences at our conferences and in the scientific community.
The participation of scientists from ALL countries and backgrounds is extremely important to our organization.
The recent White House Executive Order could potentially restrict the scientific diversity at Keystone Symposia
conferences, thereby diminishing the excellence of our meetings, thwarting efforts toward inclusion of all attendees
and discouraging collaboration among different scientific cultures that is vital to the advancement of science.
At Keystone Symposia, we remain committed to these principles. We are therefore working on behalf of all those
who wish to attend Keystone Symposia conferences to ensure that they receive the attention needed to facilitate
their attendance within the boundaries of the law in this very fluid situation.
We are aware that this Executive Order, if reinstated, may impact not just scientists, students and postdoctoral
fellows who are nationals of the affected nations, and living in those countries, but also nationals of those
countries who are now working or studying elsewhere. Reinstatement may also result in changes in the visa
issuance process that could delay approval of visas required for nationals from certain countries who wish
to attend our conferences. Anyone affected who has submitted an abstract or registered for one of our upcoming
conferences but who may no longer be able to attend the conference due to the Executive Order should not hesitate
to contact our Attendee Services Department (+1 800-253-0685; +1 970-262-1230; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keystone Symposia Diversity Life Sciences Programs E-Newsletter
DLSP Director's Corner
March 2016 ushered in another horrific event in Belgium that reminds us of the constant shadow of terror that hovers just at the edge of our consciousness. I was struck by commentary from some of our most popular news anchors...
Jamaine Davis (KSF Class of 2015) is an assistant professor at Meharry Medical College and is currently conducting research on breast cancer. Jamaine's Keystone Symposia mentor is Dr. Ian Wilson at The Scripps Research Institute. In March 2016, Jamaine presented his research at Scripps as part of professional development training he is receiving through the American Society for Cell Biology's Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) program. Jamaine is also part of the Keystone Symposia's Health Disparities Working Group on Cancer.
Each year, the DLSP Director selects two competitive UR trainees at the graduate and postdoctoral levels who attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS) to share their poster research at a Keystone Symposia conference. Our 2015 Keystone Symposia ABRCMS scholars are Ms. Danyeal Heckard, Meharry Medical College (neuroscience) and Mr. Timothy “Ayo” Adesanya, The Ohio State University (cardiovascular diseases). They will be able to use their awards for attendance at a 2016 or 2017 Keystone Symposia conference. Congratulations to both winners!
The first Annual Andy Robertson Lecture will be held at the June 2016 SAB meeting. This Lecture will be hosted by a UR senior scientist who has been acknowledged by his or her peers (the DAC committee) to be a strong scientist and mentor, particularly to UR trainees. We had an excellent national pool of scientists from which to select and are pleased to announce that the first Annual Andy Robertson Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Laina King, the first Keystone Symposia DLSP Director. Her bio and photo are below. We look forward to hearing her talk in June!