The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) invites the submission of abstracts on original work. Abstracts can be submitted for consideration for an oral or a poster presentation You will be asked to identify all co-authors, but the presenting author should submit the abstract. Presenting authors must be paid registrants at the ASM. All abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website using the online submission form/portal.
Abstract Submission Key Dates
|Abstract submission opens||Wednesday 2 August 2017|
|Abstract submission closes||Friday 13 October 2017|
|Notification of acceptance||November 2017|
|Presenter registration deadline||Friday 23 February 2018|
Abstract Body Format
Contents should include the following sections:
Background and Aims
Include one or two sentences to introduce the broad topic area and provide a reason for the study. Provide a clear statement of the aims of the study. A hypothesis could be included in this section
It may also be appropriate to add references to cited literature here. References will be included in the word limit. Authors are advised to keep references to a minimum, and to use an abbreviated referencing system, i.e. First author et al., no title, year of publication, abbreviated journal title, volume, pages.
In this section information on participants (and /or subjects) should be provided. This may include the number of participants, demographic information such as age and gender as well as the method of recruitment. (ie a random sample or a convenient sample). Study inclusion and exclusion criteria should be included in this section as well as a sample size calculation if presenting a randomised clinical trial. Measures and procedures used in the study are described in this section. Descriptions of analyses appear in the methods section.
The purpose of the result section is to provide a description of the main findings of the study. Reference to potential results that were unavailable at the time that the abstract was submitted will not be acceptable. Submitted abstracts must include actual results. Data from additional recruitment or updated analyses after abstract submission can be reported in the poster or oral presentation. Results should be expressed as means or medians and the spread of the results indicated as ranges, standard deviations or 95% confidence intervals as appropriate. Probability values must be included, but are not sufficient of themselves without descriptive statistics (means, etc).
In this section you should provide statements of interpretation and implication of findings, as well as comparison with previous literature. It should not be a simple restatement of the results.
There are some cases where this format requires modification, although authors should try as best as possible to adapt their abstract to fit within these 4 headings.
Narratives or theoretical discussions are usually not suitable for presentation as a poster or free paper given space and time constraints. Authors should consider submitting a topical session for consideration, if the proposed discourse would exceed the limits of a poster or free paper.
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All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) within six weeks of the closing date.
All presenters must register for a minimum of one day of the conference by the Early Bird Registration Deadline - Friday 23 February 2018, or the presentation will be withdrawn from the program.
There is no funding or discounted registrations available for submitted abstracts.
Rapid Communication Sessions
Poster presenters may be offered an opportunity to present their posters in a rapid communication session for one and half minutes each before lunch on Monday and Tuesday of the conference. Authors of accepted abstracts will receive information regarding the processes involved in a rapid communication prior to the meeting. Please indicate on your submission if you wish to be considered for the Rapid Communication Session.
Prize for the Best Paper and the Best Poster
The prize for the best paper will be $2000 and for the best poster $500. Assessment will be based on content and presentation. The judges will be appointed by the Scientific Program Committee and their decision will be final. The awards will be presented at the Meeting.
EOI for Travel Grant Applications - APS Members only
Delegates wishing to apply for a travel grant must be the major contributor and submitting author of the abstract. Only delegates who have ticked 'yes' to the Travel Grant section of the abstract submission process and completed the associated application form will be considered. For further information and to ensure you meet the terms and conditions please click here.
Travel Grant Applications - NZPS Members only
There are also travel grants available for NZPS members, those wishing to apply should log into the Members Section of the New Zealand Pain Society website and view the resources section.
For further information please contact the APS NZPS Conference Secretariat
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