Letter from the Chief Executive Officer

Jane Peterson
Dear Colleagues,

Our utmost priority for all Keystone Symposia meetings is to provide the highest-quality scientific meeting possible in an enjoyable, stimulating and collaborative environment. These are unprecedented and exciting times in cell and molecular biology, and we strive for all our meetings to capture this excitement.

I am new to Keystone Symposia, having started as Chief Executive Officer on April 14th, 2014. Since then I have focused on learning about the organization as well as looking toward its future. I owe a debt of gratitude to the outstanding Keystone Symposia staff and members of the Board of Directors who have actively helped me adjust to this role.

I spent most of my scientific career at the NIH in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), where I worked on the Human Genome Project (HGP) and many of the genomic projects which followed from the HGP. While my personal interests lie in 'omics of all types, I am looking forward to learning more about the many scientific areas encompassed by Keystone Symposia.

My interest in science extends to promoting international science. I worked on several international projects at NIH and strongly believe that today science is global in scope. I hope to enrich the scientific discourse at Keystone Symposia meetings by including more diverse voices in the conversation. To do so, I plan to expand the number of Keystone Symposia meetings held outside of North America. I also hope to expand the number of meetings held in low and middle income countries (LMICs) in Africa and South America; already in 2014-15 we will be holding two meetings in Brazil. My purpose in doing so is to broaden Keystone Symposia's contribution to the development of scientific infrastructure and to promote the science that is beginning to flourish on those continents.

We greatly value the financial support of corporations, foundations, governments and individuals. Since Keystone Symposia does not have an endowment, this continuing diverse base of support on an annual basis is vital. Through generous donations, we are able to defer some of the expenses of many deserving early-career scientists and also offset many of the costs we would otherwise have to pass on to attendees.

I hope you will join us for a Keystone Symposia meeting in 2015!

Sincerely,

Jane L. Peterson, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Symposia