The organizing committee encourages everyone to submit an abstract! There will be three sections this year:
- Basic Research
- Translational, Clinical and Epidemiological Research
- Technologies and Methodologies Development
The abstract may have a maximum length of 500 words and should be divided into the following parts:
- Background and Hypotheses,
- Study Design and Methods,
- Results and Conclusions.
Poster boards are to be 6' wide x 4' high.
Abstract title and name of the presenting author will be posted online shortly before the Retreat. Full abstracts will be published in the Retreat book, which will be distributed at the meeting.
Both abstracts and posters will be judged and best presentations will be recognized with travel awards.
You need to be available during your poster session to be considered for an award.
Retreat Organizing Committee members will not compete for an award.
Please register using our online registration form.
How will the presentations be judged?
Data identifying the author/laboratory will be removed for the purpose of abstract evaluation, including also their own literature citations and credits.
Using a scale of 1 - 5 (5 = best) abstracts/presentations will be evaluated in the following categories:
1. Scientific merit (Significance/Impact)
Does the work address an important problem in the field?
Does the work make a significant contribution and/or extend existing body of knowledge or methodology in the field?
Is there potential for the high impact of the work on advancement in the field?
Is the work original and innovative?
Does the work employ or develop novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies for the field?
Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new and better methodologies or technologies?
3. Hypotheses, Study Design and Analysis
Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed and appropriate to the aims of the study?
Are there adequate data, controls, and analyses to support the conclusions?
Are research objectives met and conclusions reasonable given the results?
4. Overall Quality
Does the background provide appropriate perspective/context for the study objectives?
Are the study objectives and answers well defined and clearly stated?
Is the work clearly and thoughtfully organized, and presented comprehensively?