Keystone Symposium on rare diseases

Keystone Symposia in collaboration with Vienna BioCenter is pleased to announce the inaugural Keystone Symposia scientific conference in Vienna, to be held November 11-14, 2018 on the topic of “Rare to Care: Discovery, Modeling and Translation of Rare Diseases.” The four-day conference is organized by Dr. Josef M. Penninger of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology GmbH and Dr. Kym Boycott of Canada’s CHEO Research Institute and will take place in the IMP Lecture Hall. The conference will examine the current and future bottlenecks to gene discovery, disease modeling, and therapeutic approaches for the estimated 7,000 known rare diseases, and suggest strategies to accelerate progress in this regard.

For more information on the program, speakers and deadlines, and to submit an abstract or register, please visit Scholarships are available for students and postdocs. In addition, learn more about the conference by watching a video interview with Dr. Penninger at

Organizer Interview: Josef M. Penninger

Keystone Symposia on Cellular and Molecular Biology is a 46-year-old organization based in Silverthorne, Colorado, USA that convenes open, peer-reviewed conferences across a broad range of the life sciences. It held its first conference on rare diseases in March 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.



Scholarship Deadline: July 25, 2018
Discounted Abstract Deadline: July 25, 2018
Abstract Deadline: August 13, 2018 
Discounted Registration Deadline: September 18, 2018 


For more information, please visit and for a flyer, visit


Hashtag for this meeting: #KSrare