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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Women's Health Research Day, 2015


11th Annual
VCU Women’s Health Research Day
April 2, 2015

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 23, 2015

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to present your research and projects at the annual VCU Women’s Health Research Day on April, 2, 2015.

This year’s event will be held in the Jonah Larrick Student Center, at 900 Turpin St., on the MCV campus. VCU Maps: Larrick Student Center

Authors with original research are invited to submit poster abstracts in any research area that focuses on women’s health or sex/gender differences.

Awards will be given for best posters in basic science, clinical and translational research and community and public health research. The best overall poster by a junior investigator will be selected to win the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award. In addition, a Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research award will be given to the poster that best demonstrates interdisciplinary collaboration in women’s health.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Abstract submissions are welcome from junior and senior investigators in all areas focused on women’s health or sex/gender differences. Authors with original research, including basic science, clinical, translational, epidemiology, health behavior, prevention, community health or health services research are encouraged to apply. Interdisciplinary research projects that demonstrate broad collaboration across disciplines are highly encouraged. Abstracts will be reviewed for research originality, scientific rigor, and women’s health relevance. Recently presented research is acceptable.

WHO CAN SUBMIT?
Any member of the VCU community or community partners working with VCU faculty/students with original research on women’s health or sex/gender differences.

ON-LINE SUBMISSION FORMAT:
Abstract submissions will only be accepted via the online submission form, at http://www.womenshealth.vcu.edu/research/submitters_form15.html

DEADLINE:
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5:00 pm Monday, February 23, 2015

Notification of acceptance will be communicated to the submitting author by Monday, March 2, 2015.

AWARDS:
Recognition will be given for best posters by junior investigators in three categories:

• basic science,
• clinical and translational research and,
• community and public health research.

One of these three will be selected as the best poster by a junior investigator and will win the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award.

Eligible investigators include graduate students, medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and junior faculty (instructors and assistant professors) who played a major role in the project design, conduct and analysis.

A Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research Award will be given to the poster that best demonstrates interdisciplinary collaboration in women’s health. This award is open to investigators at all levels.   

Awards include a monetary travel stipend to support the recipient’s professional development in advancing their women’s health research career. Each monetary award provides $1,000 towards reimbursement for registration and/or travel to a professional conference, to present the recipient’s current women’s health research. Award recipients must be employed at VCU or a VCU student at the time in which the award is redeemed.

Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Topic relevance (women’s health or sex/gender differences)
  • Appropriateness of research design and methods
  • Relevance of study results
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Clarity and format of poster 
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Authors from several departments or schools

OTHER GUIDELINES:

  • Abstract information is limited to 2500 total characters (approximately 350 words). Author information does not count toward the total characters. We strongly advise you to draft the abstract in a Word document first and then copy and paste text into the online submission form.  Once you have begun to complete the submission form, you cannot save it and return to it. If you find that you need to exit the submission form, you will need to start over again. Because of the text format of the online submission, please avoid using symbols and special characters.

  • Abstracts must be submitted in the correct format including completing all the following sections:

    • Poster Title, Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusion

  • Presenting Author: Only one abstract will be accepted from a presenting author.  Only the presenting author will be contacted regarding the abstract acceptance.  There is no limit on the number of abstracts in which authors can be included as a co-author.

  • Abstracts will be published as submitted. Please proofread your abstract carefully before submitting. Check for spelling and typographical errors, completeness, etc.

  • Poster categories basic science, clinical and translational research, and community and public health research.

 

For more information, contact: RaShel Charles at rcharles@vcu.edu

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