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Keystone Symposia and Volkswagen Foundation begin scientific conference series in Hannover, Germany

Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology

SILVERTHORNE, COLORADO, USA - March 22, 2018 - Keystone Symposia, in partnership with the Volkswagen Foundation, is pleased to announce a series of scientific research conferences to be held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hannover, Germany. The inaugural event will take place April 15-19, 2018 on the topic of "Pushing the Limits of Healthspan and Longevity" organized by Dr. Rochelle Buffenstein of Calico Life Sciences LLC., Dr. Holly M. Brown-Borg of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Dr. Colin Selman of the University of Glasgow.

Targeted at researchers and scientists studying or interested in aging, the conference will explore cutting-edge advances in aging research and potential therapeutic interventions to extend lifespan. In particular, it will focus on the science of good fat vs. bad fat, proteostasis, the impact of diet, and regulation of energy metabolism and homeostasis. An opening keynote address by Dr. C. Ronald Kahn of Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School on "Controlling Metabolism during Aging, the Role of Insulin and Adipose Depots" will be followed by four days of lectures by experts from academia and industry, plus workshops and poster sessions. In addition, a free public lecture on the question of why we age will be held in German in conjunction with the conference featuring Dr. Martin S. Denzel of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging. This will take place at 7 p.m. on April 17, 2018.

The second conference will be held June 4-8, 2018 on "One Million Genomes: From Discovery to Health" organized by Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Teri Manolio of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the US National Institutes of Health, and Patrick Boon Ooi Tan of Singapore's Biomedical Research Council (A*STAR). This conference looks at genomics medicine advances since the human genome was sequenced, in particular focusing on precision medicine and how best to use the rich genomics data-sets now available on both an individual level through to population health management.

Anyone interested in attending one of these symposia can register in advance on the event websites (http://www.keystonesymposia.org/18D3 and http://www.keystonesymposia.org/18G1) or on-site when the conference begins.

Dr. Jane Peterson, Keystone Symposia's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We are very pleased to partner with the Volkswagen Foundation to convene conferences at the beautiful Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. We look forward to welcoming scientists from both Germany and the rest of the world to this central location, and we appreciate the support of the Foundation to make conferences in this location possible. The Volkswagen Foundation will furthermore fund a number of travel awards to enable researchers from LMICs to attend the One Million Genomes conference."

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About Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been conducting internationally renowned, open scientific conferences since its founding as UCLA Symposia in 1972 and has been headquartered in Summit County, Colorado, USA since 1990. Over the years, it has greatly expanded its conference portfolio and now holds conferences globally on up to six continents.

It will convene 60 conferences in the 2018 season, the majority of which will take place between January and April 2018, on topics ranging from cancer, immunology and infectious disease to neuroscience and genomics. Registration fees are supplemented by financial support from corporate, foundation and individual donors as well as government grants.

More information on the organization and its conferences at http://www.keystonesymposia.org and http://www.keystonesymposia.org/meetings, respectively.

About Volkswagen Foundation

Contrary to what the name implies, the Volkswagen Foundation is not a corporate foundation. Located in Hanover, it is a completely independent non-profit foundation established under private law. With an annual funding volume of around 150 million euros it is among the country's largest foundations, and it is the largest private research funding foundation in Germany.

The Volkswagen Foundation supports the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It develops its own funding initiatives with a focus on pioneering future-oriented fields of research. The Foundation's initiatives provide the framework for its funding activities as well as topics for the events organized by the Foundation. A main objective is to make sure the themes addressed by each funding initiative become firmly anchored in the respective community by the time the initiative has run its course. The Volkswagen Foundation places a special focus on providing support for junior scholars and scientists, and on fostering cooperation between researchers across disciplines, institutions, and national states.

More information on the foundation can be found at http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en.

Yvonne M. Psaila
Director of Marketing & Communications
Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology
+ 1 970-262-2676
yvonnep@keystonesymposia.org

Jens Rehländer
Head of Communications
Volkswagen Foundation
+ 49 511-8381-380
rehlaender@volkswagenstiftung.de

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